The five start-ups at a glance
OrelTech from Berlin develops easy-to-apply, nanoparticle-free inks made of silver, gold, platinum, and palladium. The inks can be quickly turned into pure metal in a fast and environmentally friendly process. The resulting metallic layers are extremely thin, flexible, and pure showing high conductivity. As part of the Accelerator, Heraeus is working with the start-up to test the use of inks in the production of coatings.
The start-up Fusion Bionic from Dresden develops and distributes systems for producing biomimetic surfaces using a unique high-speed laser technology. The solutions offered are up to 100 times faster than established processes, paving the way for high-performance surfaces with self-cleaning properties, reduced friction, improved contacting and more. In the Accelerator Program, Heraeus and Fusion Bionic are planning joint projects for surface functionalization of precious metal parts.
The company HighLineTechnology from Freiburg im Breisgau develops precise and contactless dispensing systems. The customer-specific parallelization of the dispensing technology enables particularly high throughputs in production. Together with the start-up, Heraeus wants to work on dispensing small dots for solder pastes.
Intelligent Fluids from Leipzig provides a sustainable and efficient solution for industrial cleaning. The start-up's environmentally friendly cleaning fluids replace toxic chemicals and harmful solvents. Through this cooperation, Heraeus is aiming at new approaches in the production process for metal-ceramic substrates.
The Spanish company NANOGAP is working on nanotechnology with novel catalytic properties. The unique material can catalyze reactions that conventional catalysts cannot perform - for example, the oxidative desulfurization of oil or photocatalytic water splitting with visible light. Heraeus will work with the start-up to investigate whether this technology can be used to develop lower-cost catalysts.
About the Heraeus Accelerator
The Heraeus Accelerator was launched in 2019 and offers start-ups the opportunity to further develop and market their ideas and products with Heraeus. For this purpose, the start-ups have access to research laboratories, test equipment and the extensive customer and partner network of Heraeus. The goal of the Heraeus Accelerator is to build long-term collaborations with the participating start-ups. At the same time, the program offers support for challenges outside of the cooperation project. The Accelerator will take place for the third time in 2021.