Cutting Edge Science to Drive Chemistry
Syzygy Plasmonics team members have developed a method that uses plasmonic nanoparticles to turn traditional catalysts, the kind used everyday in industry, into high efficiency photocatalysts. This transformation not only enables these catalysts to be energized with light, but also reduces their required operating temperature by up to 1,000°F for many reactions, all while improving both productivity and selectivity. This innovation allows Syzygy Plasmonics to build chemical reactors that do not need to burn fuel to perform commercially relevant reactions, which leads to a tremendous reduction in carbon emissions.
Path to Commercialization
We can use our platform technology to perform a number of different chemical reactions today. Syzygy will go to market with Photocatalytic Steam Methane Reforming (P-SMR) to generate sustainable hydrogen from natural gas.
Hydrogen was chosen because our P-SMR system has the potential to dramatically reduce the cost of hydrogen for industrial customers and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Also, this system will eliminate many of the carbon emissions associated with traditional steam methane reformer systems. Improving the adoption of fuel cell vehicles with low cost fuel and reducing emissions from industry has the potential to shave entire percentage points off of annual global carbon emissions.
Merriam-Webster defines the word Syzygy as "the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse)". For our company, this word means the alignment of three things that are shaping the future of our planet. They are Energy, Technology, and Sustainability. These three pillars form the core of the company and work to support our mission statement:
"Utilize breakthroughs in plasmonics to drive sustainability in the Energy and Chemical industries"
Syzygy has assembled a world-class team including leading nanophotonics researchers, experts in photocatalysis and entrepreneurship, as well as strong corporate and intellectual property legal counsel. We are currently developing partnerships in the automotive and energy industries to implement our technology as we scale. Our lab was recently established in Houston, Texas in the medical center very close to NRG Stadium.