Beyond the Molecule: Can Advanced Materials Steer Next Wave of Industrial Revolution?

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Advanced materials are typically traditional materials whose properties have been optimized to find their use in hi-tech industry applications. They can enable enterprises to create sophisticated products, design new business models, and achieve sustainable development goals.

The drive towards corporate sustainability, fuel efficiency, large-scale manufacturability, and superior functionality are the fundamental requisites to building a sustainable economy. Advanced materials typically replace traditional materials with their optimized properties to provide value in outcome-oriented applications. Coupled with material informatics, they can be designed to provide light-weighting, better electronic and sensing capabilities, and smart features across industries.

The contribution of advanced materials in addressing the world’s most urgent mission of net-zero emissions is unparalleled. This report highlights the significance of advanced metals, carbon materials, smart semiconductors, and many others to revolutionize the industrial world with their high-end capabilities to create sophisticated products.

Materials science companies are thus driving innovations not limited to light-weighting materials in transportation, new electrode materials in energy, biosensors in healthcare, and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to remove pollutants from the environment.

How advanced materials can help meet global goals of net-zero emissions?

Carbon capture & sequestration (CCS) is being flaunted to be a key method to tackle climate change. Advanced materials designed as sorbents, solvents, and membranes can absorb carbon and minimize emissions.

Improving energy efficiency is a cost-effective way to lower CO2 emissions by 15-20%. Advanced energy-efficient materials can increase the thermal inertia of the building structures to reduce energy costs by 30%-80%.

The European Commission considers hydrogen as an energy carrier with significant potential for clean, efficient power in stationary, portable, and transport applications. Advanced materials can increase volumetric and gravimetric hydrogen capacities.

The use of lightweight composites and metals can help in a minimum of 10% reduction in a vehicle weight, which is estimated to result in a 6%-8% improvement in fuel economy and thereby result in reduced carbon emissions.

What are the various types of advanced materials?

Advanced materials include smart materials (piezoelectric and thermoelectric), advanced metals (high entropy alloys and MXenes), advanced polymers (liquid crystal polymers and hydrogels), and smart semiconductors. Advanced materials have the potential to revolutionize the industrial world as they find high volume applications. For instance, they are enabling high-value products like electronics to be tailored for miniaturization.

How material informatics is a game-changer in advanced materials?

Material informatics is a major enabler of advanced materials, which aims to discover, develop, manufacture, and deploy materials at a faster pace within a specific application, at a lower cost. It comprises tools that can provide adequate data infrastructure to manage the process modeling, property optimization, as well as microstructure prediction.

Advancement in material informatics is the concept of inverse design. The use of AI and ML technologies can help to build a platform in which formulations, compositions, and process parameters can be pre-input with an aim to inverse design a fully integrated prototype.

Another development is its convergence with computational simulation to reduce the number of time-consuming simulations for accelerated research of advanced materials.

What are the VC investment trends in advanced materials?

The US and China are found leading the support to advanced materials startups predominantly catering to industries such as electronics, energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and construction. The US VC investments are found to be focused on using advanced materials in anodes for battery energy storage, 3D printing robots, innovative oncology treatments, and nanotechnology-backed fluorescent probes for cancer surgeons.

The VC investments of China indicate the country’s push for semiconductor self-sufficiency by taking an active role in the development of cost-effective and lower power consumption carbon nanotube-based semiconductors, integrated circuits, intelligent manufacturing solutions, optoelectronic chips, and modules.

VC deals by value in top funded countries: 2017-2021

VC deals by value in top funded countries: 2017-2021

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What are the top VC investors promoting financing in advanced materials startups?

Top investors by value includes 8VC, Bessemer Ventures Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures LLC, and Coatue Management LLC that are investing in startups to develop innovative battery storage materials and advanced manufacturing technologies. Also, Yida Capital, ZhongWei Capital, Forebright Capital Management Limited, and Huiyou Capital are found providing financial backing for startups working on integrated circuits, sensor chips, and advanced manufacturing for lightweight applications.

Top VC investors in advanced materials startups: 2017 – 2021

Top VC investors in advanced materials startups: 2017 - 2021

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Market report scope

Top VC investors 8VC, Bessemer Ventures Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures LLC, and Coatue Management LLC, Yida Capital, ZhongWei Capital, Forebright Capital Management Limited, and Huiyou Capital.
Advanced Materials Smart materials (piezoelectric and thermoelectric), advanced metals (high entropy alloys and MXenes), advanced polymers (liquid crystal polymers and hydrogels), and smart semiconductors.


This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the advanced molecules-

  • Technology Decoding: Presents the technology overview, its contribution to the net-zero economy, key properties, introduction to material informatics, major industrial applications, and a market map with potential use cases and popular companies.
  • Media & Trend Analysis: Highlights the technology presentation from the media perspective, mainly major news and social media mentions promoting the technology. The section also includes mentions of advanced material developments from company annual and other filings as well as major job trends and postings from corporations in 2021.
  • Investment Radar: Outlines the venture capital funding trends with some of the popular deals, key areas where the smart money is flowing, and notable investors and accelerators pumping money into the technology growth.
  • Innovation Explorer: Highlights the game-changing material science company and startup innovations, as well as strategic initiatives of enterprises inclined at new product development. The section also captures select corporate partnerships aimed at creating new materials.
  • IP Landscaping: Provides A top-level analysis of the trends in patent filings and grants, priority countries, key patent filers by industry segmentation and material type.
  • The Road Ahead: Summarizes the drivers and challenges, use cases that can become successful with business leaders, potential applications in new horizons, and the outlook of the technology in near future.

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24M Technologies
3D Systems
42TEK Nanomaterials
6K Inc
9T Labs
Accsys Technologies
AENIUM Engineering
Alchemy Nano
Allegheny Technologies
Alpine Advanced Materials
Amazon Web Services
American Boronite Corporation
Appear Inc.
Applied Materials
Ascendis Pharma AS
Aspyrian Therapeutics Inc
Aura Biosciences
Autonomic Materials
BAE Systems
Bagaveev Corporation
BASF Forward AM
Beijing Eswin Computing Technology
Bessemer Ventures Partners
Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF)
Boyd Technologies
Burns & McDonnell
Canon Inc.
C Crete
CENS Materials
CHASM Advanced Materials
Chromatic 3D Materials
Citrine Informatics
Coatue Management LLC
CompPair Technologies
Corning Inc.
Covestro AG
Desktop Metal
Dow Inc.
Dreamweaver International
DSM IP Assets B.V.
Echion Technologies
Forebright Capital Management Limited
Fuji Electric Co.
Fujifilm Corporation
Furukawa Group
GE Aviation
General Dynamics
General Electric Company
GKN Aerospace Services Ltd
GlobalFoundries Inc.
GRC SinoGreen
Group14 Technologies
Helion Displays
Hexcel Corporation
Honeywell International Inc
Hoteam Software
Huiyou Capital
ICON Technologies
Impossible Objects
Infinite Composites
Innova Dynamics
Integrated Graphene
Ionic Industries Ltd
JFE Holdings
Jifu Venture Capital Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Matthey
Kidde Technologies
Kobe Steel
Kyocera Corp
Lafarge Holcim
LG Chem
LG Corporation
Light Theto
Lockheed Martin Corp
Log 9 Materials
Louis Dreyfus Company
Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd
Metamaterial Technologies
Mighty Buildings
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
Mitsubishi Electric Corp
Moi Composites
Morgan Advanced Materials
Mosaic Materials
Multiple Energy Technologies LLC
Murata Manufacturing Co.
Nanotech Energy
Nanotronics Imaging
NGK Insulators
Nippon Steel Corp
NoPo Nanotechnologies
Northrop Grumman Corp
NuMat Technologies
OncoNano Medicine
Opus Materials Technologies
Origin Materials
Owens Corning
PHC Holdings Corporation
Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals
Powermers Inc.
Preferred Networks
Quantum Solutions
Rakuten Medical
Raytheon Technologies Corp
Richland Capital
RoadMap Systems Limited
Rolls Royce Holdings plc
Royal Dutch Shell
RWDC Industries
Saint Gobain
Sandvik AB
Saudi Aramco
SDIC Innovation Investment Management Co Ltd
Sekisui Chemical
Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment (SMEE)
Showa Denko K. K.
Sika AG
Sila Nanotechnologies
Skyborne Technology
SmartSens Technology
Smith & Nephew plc
Sol Voltaics
Strata Solar LLC
Sumitomo Electric Industries
SunPower Corp
Sunrun Inc
Sutter Hill Ventures LLC
TATA Steel
TCL Technology
TDK Corporation
Texas High Energy Materials
The 3M Company
The Boeing Company
The Procter & Gamble Company
The Samsung Group
Thermo Fisher Scientific
TMM Disruptive Advanced Materials
UAV Corps
USG Corporation
View Inc.
Yida Capital
ZhongWei Capital

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Technology Decoding: Overview, Key applications, and Major market players

2. Media & Trend Analysis: News publication trends, Thought leadership, Social media traction, Company filings, Key job trends

3. Investment Radar: VC investment trends, Top countries by deals value, Attractive investment areas, Top funded startups, and Most active investors and accelerators

4. Innovation Explorer: Key innovators: Startups and mid sized companies under the spotlight, Large enterprises in action, and Select corporate partnerships

5. IP Landscaping: Key trends in patent filings and grants and hand picked interesting patents

6. Road Ahead: Drivers and challenges, Emerging concepts, Potential use cases for business leaders, Futuristic industry applications, and Outlook

Frequently asked questions

  • What are advanced materials?

    Advanced materials are a class of significantly improvised materials that provide a definitive structural or functional performance when compared to their conventional counterparts. They can improve product performance, capability, and efficiency.

  • What are the types of advanced materials?

    Various types of advanced materials include smart materials (piezoelectric and thermoelectric), advanced metals (high entropy alloys and MXenes), advanced polymers (liquid crystal polymers and hydrogels), and smart semiconductors.

  • What are the top VC investors in advanced materials startups?

    The top investors are 8VC, Bessemer Ventures Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures LLC, and Coatue Management LLC are investing to develop innovative battery storage materials and advanced manufacturing technologies.

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