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Broader Impact

Our technology and products:

  • Foster sustainable chemical and biochemical manufacturing 

    • Increasing energy-efficiency

    • ​Reducing adverse effects of industrial activities

    • Promoting Green Chemistry & Circular Economy

  • Improve sustainable access to food, water, medicines, and other essentials that allow us to live a healthy, productive life.

    • Solving new and challenging separations

    • Advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Increasing energy-efficiency

Extraction, separation, filtration, & purification are ubiquitous & critical to improving to many aspects of our standard of living and quality of life. 
However, 80% of industrial separation
processes are energy-intensive [1]. 
They account for:

  • 50% of industrial energy

  • 10-15% of total US energy consumption


Energy-efficient separations could save an estimated $4 billion/ year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million tons annually. We are advancing energy-saving, non-thermal separation processes. 

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Reducing adverse effects of industrial activities

Separation activities also lead to the discharge of pollutants. For example, solvents contribute to 85-90% of the average mass of the compounds used during pharmaceutical production [2].

Minimizing separation solvent use and employing sustainable solvents mitigate the adverse health and environmental effects. Our product's features provide these benefits. 

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Promoting Green Chemistry & Circular Economy


Large-scale batch production of chemicals and biochemicals generates 5-100 times of chemical waste per kilogram of useful product [3].  These inefficiencies have led to the rise of innovative, resource-efficient flow chemistry alternatives.


The broad advantages of microdroplet-based flow chemistry-based materials synthesis technology include better heat and mass transfer, mixing, safety, flexibility, reproducibility, energy efficiency, throughput, low footprint, in-line with automation, and low operating cost. Further, they are amenable to sustainable, continuous, and distributed manufacturing.  

Our technology incorporate Green Chemistry principles including measurements of inefficiencies such as Atom Economy . Further our technology and products also reduces E factor a quantifiable measure of environmental acceptability, and promote a circular economy. Together, these strategies facilitate resource and energy efficiency, operational simplicity, and health and environmental safety. 

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Solving new and challenging separations

There is an increasing demand for products and services to maintain our standard of living and quality of life. For example, the biopharmaceutical industry is facing increased demand for affordable biopharmaceuticals. Thus, new and better performance capabilities are required to improve the production of existing medicines and develop new therapeutics (e.g., CAR-T CRISPR, RNA therapeutics) and tools for next-generation R&D (e.g., single-cell multi-omics). Furthermore, there is a significant unmet need for separation of compounds (e.g., Lithium extraction) in non-pharmaceutical industries that currently use energy-intensive thermal separations.

Our approach solves these diverse challenges by moving away from one-shoe-fit-all and piecemeal solutions, offering groundbreaking capabilities integrated across: 
Sample sizes (limited to large volumes)
Workflows (initial sample preparation to final purification)

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Advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Climate change & sustainability initiatives are significant drivers that are reshaping industries. Advanced materials and manufacturing, directly or indirectly, influence all SDGs and thus could be considered essential for their accomplishment.

Our products and technology are connected to several SDGs and espouse circular economy, climate transition, and impact.

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[1] A Research Agenda for Transforming Separation Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, 2019.

[2]Solvent purification and recycling in the process industry, Procedia Engineering, 2012.

[3] Green chemistry for chemical synthesis, PNAS, 2008.

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