Making fluids work better, safer and faster
 
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Only One Injection Required

Oil and fuel pipelines experience high turbulence, drastically increasing the energy required to move fluids. Existing "drag reducing agents" are ultra high molecular weight polymers that break in pumps, and must be re-injected after each pump to continue working. MSMs are self-repairing ultra high molecular weight supramolecules, and thus only need to be added once. As illustrated in the accompanying chart, MSMs keep working long after existing DRAs are destroyed.

 
 
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Massive Cost Savings

Using MSMs as flow enhancers reduces costs by enabling pipelines to operate with far fewer reinjection points and significantly lower cumulative volumes of DRA without any compromise in flow rates. MSMs can also be used to increase pipeline throughputs using the same amount of energy while keeping the benefit of reduction in DRA costs.

 
 
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Works With Heavy Crude Oil

MSM-based DRAs are effective in heavy crude oil, a challenging fluid in which many traditional DRAs are ineffective. They're also shear stable under conditions for real-world pipeline transportation of heavy crudes.

 
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Effectively Control Mist Size

Mists formed by fuels and other hydrocarbon fluids are often explosive and pose significant safety risks. MSMs improve the safety of fuels and other organic liquids by controlling mist droplet size to uniform larger sizes that reduce ignition risk, thus reducing the potential for explosions.

 
 
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Persistent Efficacy from Shear Stability

Existing "mist-control agents" are long-chain polymers that degrade rapidly in handling processes for organic liquids (e.g, pumping) and lose their efficacy. Consequently, they are not useful in real-world applications. Self-repairing by design, MSMs survive in shear conditions that break long-chain polymers, providing persistent mist-control efficacy.

 
 
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EPA Approved in the United States

MSMs are approved by the EPA for use in diesel and gasoline fuels in the United States. ASTM data available on request.

 
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A Self-Repairing, Longer-Lasting

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Viscosity Index Improvers allow lubricants such as motor oils to function well across a range of temperatures, from cold starts to high temperature / high shear engine operating conditions. Existing solutions modify viscosity index, but break down in high-temperature, high-shear conditions, and thus lose effectiveness over time. MSMs improve the VI as well as or better than existing solutions, but avoid degradation by self-repairing in these high-temperature, high-shear conditions longer-lasting motor oils, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids.

 
 
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Huge Cost Savings

Because MSMs are longer-lasting than traditional VIIs, they can prolong the replacement cycle for motor oil, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids. This reduces the required volume and therefore the cost of these fluids, as well as the labor cost associated with servicing engines and other heavy equipment. MSMs can also be used at lower concentrations than existing VIIs. For oil, lubricant, and other flluid manufacturers, this equates to lower volumes, and thus lower costs, of VIIs required in the production process.

 
 
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Improves Fuel Efficiency

A more viscous oil creates friction and wastes energy as heat, while thinner oils generate less friction heat loss, thereby saving fuel. Thinner oils also are easier for the oil pump thereby lessening parasitic engine power loss. By reducing friction, thinner lubricants can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 2%. There is a growing need for thinner oils that still provide engine protection - where cars once required 10w40 oils, many new models require 0w20 oils (smaller numbers are “thinner” – less viscous – oils). MSMs' unique properties enable thinner fluids, allowing for the creation of more fuel efficient motor oils.

 
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Shear Thinning

Shear profile similar to guar gum; viscosity decreases by two orders of magintude as shear increases.

 
 
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Works in Oil-Based Drilling Fluids

Oil based fluids are less dense than water, but traditionally cannot achieve the shear-thinning behavior of water with guar gum or a similar additive. MSMs make oil-based drilling fluids more practical in the field.

 
 
 
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Simon has been working with Dr. Wei and Prof. Kornfield since 2008, providing guidance on synthesis and scale-up of long end-associative polymers to meet the requirements of real-world applications. He received M. Chem. and D. Phil. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Oxford, U.K., after which he spent time at the University of Arizona and Georgia Tech as a Research Scientist, followed by senior management positions in start-up companies focused on the commercialization of technologies developed at Caltech and MIT.

Co-founder & CEO

CTO, Contour Energy

D. Phil, Oxford

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Ming-Hsin ("Jeremy") expanded the envelope of accessible molecules and tested theoretical predictions regarding a previously unexplored class of polymers—long end-associative polymers. Fundamental scientific discoveries presented in his doctoral thesis, “Synthesis and Potency of Long End-Associative Polymers for Mist Control,” have opened the way to new technological applications. After earning his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Jeremy served as a Research Officer in the Taiwanese Army for 1.5 years and as an R&D Engineer developing formulations for polymer thin films for a year. Since completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2013 with Prof. Kornfield at Caltech, Jeremy has pushed for the commercialization of MegaSupramolecules by scaling-up the polymer synthesis, optimizing molecular designs, exploring new applications, participating in training for technological entrepreneurs, and gathering information from stake-holders in the space of fuels and lubricants. He is the recipient of the 2015 Chevron Research Award of Excellence in Honor of John Bacha of the International Association for Stability and Handling of Liquid Fuel (IASH).

Co-founder & CTO

PhD, Caltech

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Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech, Julie is an expert in polymer science, particularly the ways that polymers influence and are influenced by flow. She is known for research on flow-induced crystallization of polymers (e.g., Science 2007) and the effects of flow on polymer self-assembly (e.g., Science 1997). Since Julie joined the Caltech faculty in 1990, she has received the 2017 Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology, the 1996 Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society, and been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among other honors. She holds 23 patents and is a co-founder of Calhoun Vision, which is using polymers developed at Caltech to customize patients’ vision by noninvasively optimizing a lens after it is implanted. She hopes that this fundamental research on MegaSupramolecules will open the way to technologies that improve fuel safety, facilitate flow through pipelines and reduce engine emissions.

Co-founder

Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech

Co-Founder, Calhoun Vision

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Jason serves on the Board of Directors of the company and serves as CFO. Jason's expertise is forming collaborative R&D relationships between start-ups and major industrial players, in order to commercialize cutting-edge scientific innovations. He is a General Partner at Rhapsody Venture Partners, a venture fund specializing in applied science and engineering start-ups.

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General Partner, Rhapsody Venture Partners

Co-Founder & CEO,
Manus Biosynthesis

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Originally an engineer from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Ecole des Mines de Paris, Mr. Gires has more than 35 years of experience in the area of energy and oil production. Mr. Gires retired as President and CEO of Total E&P Canada in 2012, where he played a key role in developing Total’s production assets in Canada while being very active in promoting sustainable practices in operation, production and exploration. He led the formation of Total Energy Ventures, one of the world’s leading Corporate Venture Capital groups focused on the energy industry. He also worked as Executive VP of sustainable development and Environment for the Total Group.

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CEO, Total Canada

Founder, Total Energy Ventures

 
 
 
 
 
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