NuMat/Sumitomo Chemical partner to develop chemical separation technologies


NuMat Technologies has tied up with Sumitomo Chemical to develop sustainable chemical separation technologies that can efficiently and dramatically reduce the carbon emissions and carbon footprint required to produce critical chemicals used in key sectors of the global economy.

Traditional chemical separation processes require substantial energy to operate, and significant capital investment. The drive for energy-efficient and cost-effective alternatives is of critical importance to achieve carbon emission reduction objectives outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement. Through this collaboration, both companies will apply their world-class expertise in advanced separation and precision-engineered materials to develop novel solutions that can displace incumbent technologies longer-term, while working towards near-term commercial targets.

NuMat is a platform chemistry design company, innovating at the intersection of high-performance computing, data engineering and chemistry to deliver transformational solutions to the chemicals, industrials, electronics and life-science sectors. A pioneer in the field of Programmable Chemistries, including Metal-Organic Frameworks, NuMat takes a precision-medicine approach to chemistry – tailor designing materials to solve big challenges at the smallest possible level.

“We’re proud to partner with Sumitomo Chemical in unleashing the potential of Programmable Chemistries to address complex sustainability challenges in the chemicals industry,” stated Ben Hernandez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at NuMat Technologies. “Sumitomo Chemical and NuMat are joined by a shared mission to use chemistry in solving the problems that matter, and I’m excited at the innovation opportunities our collaboration can unlock.”

Sumitomo Chemical, a leading Japanese chemical company, was founded with a mission to drive societal impact and solve environmental challenges through technology. They have been exploring new opportunities to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

“We are pleased to tackle the emission reduction challenges in the chemical industry with NuMat. This partnership is aligned with our carbon neutral strategy and intentions. We are looking forward to exploring the synergies from working with NuMat, allowing us to accelerate and enhance the discovery, development and delivery of innovative separation solutions that require less energy.” said Junpei Tsuji, Associate Officer, General Manager of Research Planning and Coordination Department at Sumitomo Chemical.

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