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2018 Imagine Chemistry Finalists Face Next Challenge

By Chemical Processing Staff

Apr 24, 2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announces the 20 finalists for the 2018 edition of its Imagine Chemistry challenge. Imagine Chemistry was launched to help solve real-life chemistry-related challenges and uncover sustainable business opportunities. The 2018 edition generated no less than 150 innovative ideas from startups, scale-ups, scientists and others, according to the company.

"This is the second year of Imagine Chemistry, and if anything, we had upped the challenge for potential partners, putting forward harder-to-solve problems," says Peter Nieuwenhuizen, chief technology 0fficer at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. "The number and quality of ideas again surpassed our expectations and we have a list of finalists that we believe hold great potential to address customer needs and contribute to a sustainable future."

The finalists from the challenge categories are:

Sustainable small particle technologies

Edinburgh Napier University              UK 

FineCell Sweden                                Sweden

RMIT University                                  Australia

 University of Nottingham                   UK


Waste water-free chemical sites

Arvia Technology                                UK

Model Engineering                             Belgium

Water Knight                                      The Netherlands


Intelligent chemical plants

Fero Labs                                                        USA

Invert Robotics Europe                                   The Netherlands

RISE                                                                 Sweden

Semiotic Labs                                                 The Netherlands

Serious VR                                                      The Netherlands


Revolutionizing chlorate production

FaradPower                                                    USA

Wageningen University & Research              The Netherlands


Sustainable liquid-to-powder technologies

MicroSpray Technologies                               UK


Zero footprint surfactant platforms

Fraunhofer UMSICHT                                      Germany

Green Lizard Technologies                             UK

Royal Cosun                                                    The Netherlands

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland    Finland


Open idea box

Solugen                                                           USA

The finalists will now participate in a three-day event in June at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they will be supported by RD&I and business development experts to further develop their business ideas and concepts.

 For more information, visit: www.akzonobel.com

See where it began this year: 2018 Imagine Chemistry Challenge Calls On Start-Ups

For insight on the three top 2017 winners, see Imagine Chemistry Challenge Names Winners.