Who we are
is a term meaning the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies, as well as sublime alignments more generally.
Our company is called Syzygy because we bring together and align three things — energy, technology and sustainability — to accomplish something incredible at a planetary scale.
Inspired engineers on a critical mission
We believe in a future where the goods and products that support world economies can be manufactured with lower carbon intensity and at lower costs.
We go to work each day dedicated to decarbonizing the chemical processes that make modern life possible, and are committed to preventing a gigaton of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere by 2040.
Our team is successful because we leverage our core values.
A team changing the future of chemical manufacturing
How we got here
Syzygy plans include the development of multiple photocatalytic solutions, including:
- Ammonia synthesis
- Reverse water-gas shift
- H₂S splitting
- Ethylene, aromatics, and water splitting
Decarbonizing the chemical industry presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And we’re seizing it.
Syzygy is a deep decarbonization company. We build reactors that use light instead of heat to power a cleaner, safer world.
Rather than rely on thermal energy – heat that comes from burning fossil fuels — we harness the power of light to energize chemical reactions. Our approach drastically reduces feedstock waste while producing fewer — and in many cases — no emissions.
Together our proprietary photocatalysts and Rigel™ photoreactors represent a tunable universal technology platform. We are capable of utilizing different feedstocks and tuning our platform to drive multiple, fundamental chemical reactions.
Our current solutions enable manufacturers to produce zero-emissions hydrogen production from ammonia and low-emissions hydrogen from a combustion-free form of steam methane reforming. We also provide the most efficient means for converting methane and captured CO₂ into sustainable fuels and methanol. We maintain a robust development pipeline with the goal of sustainably replacing traditional heat-powered catalysis with photocatalysis for the majority of the chemical processes used today.
Syzygy is home to world-class engineers and scientists. Our proprietary photocatalyst was discovered and developed at Rice University by Syzygy co-founders and professors Naomi Halas and Peter Nordlander. Led by founders Trevor Best and Suman Khatiwada, our exceptional team is simultaneously engaged in engineering advanced commercial solutions at the edge of what is possible and making new discoveries that will define the future of a sustainable world.