The partnership, led by Professors Harry Bermudez and Shaw Ling Hsu of the UMass-Amherst Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, aims to develop novel high-value applications for the company’s Bio-Malonic Acid product family, which includes the derivatives diethyl and dimethyl malonates.
“Our Bio-Malonic Acid products provide a cost-effective and sustainable alternative for producing high-performing polymers that can be used for many large industrial and consumer markets,” said Johan van Walsem, chief operations officer of Lygos. “Together with Professors Bermudez and Hsu and their team at the University of Massachusetts, we aim to produce various high-value, thermally stable polymer systems that can eventually replace harmful petro-based processes, reclaim local manufacturing, revive industrial innovation, and revitalize the circular economy.”
This research collaboration will characterize polymer microstructures using novel artificial intelligence and machine learning-based approaches to elucidate structure-property relationships for disordered crosslinked systems.
“Most crosslinked materials are developed and used because of their attractive properties and thermal stability. It is also precisely these special attributes that make them particularly challenging to characterize. The innovative approaches powering this collaboration promise to substantially expand our understanding and control of these systems,” said David Waldman, Ph.D., director, CUMIRP.
“Lygos has developed a range of malonates with the potential to enable new performance properties in a range of crosslinked materials systems and impact multi-billion-dollar markets that are seeking more sustainable and renewable solutions,” added Shaw Ling Hsu, Ph.D., professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst.