Materia, Inc., a high-performance structural materials company that has pioneered the development of a Nobel Prize-winning technology for making a new class of polymers, has been acquired by ExxonMobil Chemical Company, a division of ExxonMobil Corporation.
This acquisition couples Materia’s Nobel Prize-winning technology with ExxonMobil’s complimentary proprietary processes and world-class manufacturing capabilities to bring these new sustainable structural polymers to greater commercial scale.
Materia has been working since its formation in 1999 on the development and commercialization of a new class of ruthenium catalysts and ROMP chemistry invented by Caltech Professor Robert Grubbs, for which Dr. Grubbs received a Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2005.
With initial support from CalTech and private investor capital, Materia has achieved commercial applications in several sectors, including oil & gas and industrial molding applications. In 2016, Materia received a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy to explore the feasibility of molding hydrogen tanks from a Proxima – carbon fiber composite.
Since 2017, ExxonMobil and Materia have been collaborating to research further uses for Proxima under a joint development agreement, including wind blade and anti-corrosion coatings. The technology could enable the manufacture of longer and more durable wind turbine blades for more efficient renewable energy generation. ExxonMobil anticipates expanding the scope of applications for Proxima, including parts for electric vehicles and sustainable construction projects.
The acquisition includes Materia’s extensive portfolio of patents and intellectual property, its headquarters, research and technology center in Pasadena, California and its manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Texas. ExxonMobil intends to operate the business under the Materia company name as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Our Pandion Partners team in Chicago, Balmoral Advisors, advised the sellers on this transaction, set up an international sales process and led the transaction to a successful conclusion.