What if we could usher in a revolution of clean products by adding better surface materials?
What if we could usher in a revolution of clean products by adding better surface materials?
Materials production is 25% of global carbon emissions today, and the products we use are built by processes invented decades ago.
What if we can solve frost and ice to unlock a whole new threshold of performance per dollar spent?
Heating and cooling equipment is a major contributor to energy consumption and carbon emissions; we must develop affordable products with higher performance.
The use of toxic substances to provide waterproofing is ubiquitous today and damaging to people, planet, and environment. We believe we have found a better way.
Metamaterials (precise surface morphology or surface structure) provide incredible properties like extreme ice resistance, droplet ejection, higher reaction rates, manipulation of light, and more.
What if we could create new products together with improved performance, reduced cost, mitigated emissions and clean ingredients?
Nelumbo is a 21st century materials company led by experienced entrepreneurs and engineers. We value sustainable outcomes, speed, transparency, and bold moves.
Nelumbo CEO, Liam Berryman, is interviewed on the Riderflex podcast, produced by premier talent firm Riderflex. Liam shares the history and motivation behind Nelumbo, and some personal background.
Liam Berryman (CEO) and Lance Brockway, Ph.D. (CTO) discuss Nelumbo’s work using it’s advanced materials platform to improving the energy performance in Air Conditioners; mitigating icing on outdoor units and refrigeration; and development of water repellent material to replace PFAS in millions of products.
Nelumbo has been nominated as a finalist in the World Materials Forum Scale Up Challenge, which recognizes the progress companies made toward industrializing the breakthrough innovation for which they had been nominated at a previous WMF Start Up Challenge.
Established in 2015 with a goal of changing the power of materials science in modern society and business, Nelumbo is a recognized pioneer in the field of advanced surface modifications and a trusted partner for developing, manufacturing, and selling redefined products using innovative surface technologies. Nelumbo was founded by UC Berkeley engineers with a lifelong desire to see broad adoption and acceptance of materials science as a new path for delivering value to the world.
Driven by this goal, Nelumbo has successfully developed multiple products with partners, shipped hundreds of products to customers, deployed pilot manufacturing, and developed relationships to bring innovative technologies to market at scale. The company’s consistent track record has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, Cyclotron Road, Forbes 30 under 30, and leading materials science investors including Berkeley Catalyst Fund and Photon Fund.
Nelumbo is headquartered in Hayward, California with offices, a research & innovation center and production facilities under one roof. We are located in the Bay Area near world-class facilities such as Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Stanford University. You can measure our success from the deployed products that we alter for the better, the strength and depth of the people at our company, and our direct positive impact on energy and environment – what we believe is the defining challenge and opportunity of this century.
Andrew manages Nelumbo's operations, heavily focused on team enablement. With past experience working in applied AI and as a sustainable agriculture entrepreneur, he brings a cross-disciplinary perspective to solving big world challenges. Alongside work he enjoys gardening, cooking, building furniture, and spending time outdoors.
Eric focuses on scale-up and testing of Nelumbo's advanced anti-frost coatings. Outside of work he enjoys running, cycling, and growing food in his garden.
George develops and scales reel-to-reel processes for textile applications. He helps Nelumbo’s technology move from lab to production line. Outside of work, George is an avid skier and collects typewriters.
Haider works on supporting the production team through developing, designing, and maintaining tests. As well as creating and maintaining the testing equipment itself. Outside of works he practices Taekwondo where he has a 3rd degree blackbelt, enjoys playing Table-Top RPGs with his friends, watches anime, and reads fantasy novels.
David oversees all financial and tax-related matters at Nelumbo. He is a husband and father of two daughters, which keeps his life busy and joyful.
Hyungsub works on the development of coating materials and processes of Nelumbo’s advanced technology. Outside of work he enjoys exploring and adventuring in any fields he does not know and spending most of his time with his lovely wife and son.
As a part of the Research team, Jan works on developing and characterizing advanced materials for use in the textiles industry. Outside of Nelumbo, Jan enjoys any and all outdoor recreation especially running and hiking. Her time spent outside has paired well with her hobby of landscape film photography, which she develops herself.
James identifies where and how Nelumbo technologies generate substantial value in the market and removes barriers toward making those ideas a reality. In his available time, he continues his pursuit to a be self-taught craftsman in knife-making, woodworking, and brewing.
Malika primarily focuses on licensing opportunities for Nelumbo's technology. In a previous life, she was a chemical engineer working in oil and gas who now has an interest in sustainable technologies. Outside of work she enjoys hiking and reading to her toddler.
Nick is working to provide the data and analysis needed for market ready products and expanding our test capabilities for future growth. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring California with his wife & dog, playing basketball and reading.
Cody oversees all areas of manufacturing to direct activities so that approved products are delivered on schedule and within quality and cost objectives. Outside of work he enjoys snowboarding, golfing and playing poker.
Anthony works on all scales of Nelumbo's sample production with the goal of improving the process development and robustness of our characterization apparatus. His background in energy storage is utilized to expand the scope of the Nelumbo's predictive electrochemical tests. He loves going to the movies and being around and a part of music.
As a member of the Research team, Josh works on devising new functionality and pushing the limits of Nelumbo's technology platform. He is also an avid powerlifter and college football fan.
Rand is responsible for sample production on all scales as well as the improvement of the production process and throughput. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, exploring and trying out different cuisines.
Brian primarily focuses on scale-up and optimization of Nelumbo's processes from initial prototypes to commercial scale plants. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.
Michael helps improve Nelumbo’s production capabilities and throughput. He oversees quality control and ensures all products and prototypes meet Nelumbo’s quality standards. During his free time he enjoys fishing along the California coast, woodworking, and playing basketball.
Yan focuses on metrology of the materials and products. She helps define and standardize Nelumbo’s in-house materials characterization procedures and collaborates with test and research engineers. She is a family/portrait and still life photographer outside of work and also enjoys baking, traveling, hiking and all adventures with her toddler.
Dr. Lance Brockway is the Chief Technology Officer at Nelumbo and a US Department of Energy Entrepreneurial Fellow with multiple published articles and patents in his field.
Liam focuses on building Nelumbo through developing lasting relationships with employees, customers, and investors. He enjoys science fiction and fantasy literature and surfing the California coast.
Being Part of Nelumbo means working with the world’s most advanced surface modification platform to redefine what is possible with traditional products. This is very challenging and rewarding work – what we do fundamentally alters our collective future and means our team members will be able to walk down the street and point to multiple products with their technological fingerprints. Our philosophy is to hire for the long term, and we are passionate about building people as well as products. Everyone is expected to make an immediate impact on the company.
We are proud to be working with many outstanding investors aligned with our goals. Our institutional investors include Prime Mover’s Lab, University of Tokyo, Edge Capital, Safar Partners, Darwin Ventures, Neue Fund, Berkeley Catalyst Fund, Photon Fund, 1517 Fund, and UPC Capital Ventures.
Danfoss, a leading global manufacturer and service provider whose solutions are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery, is also an investor and commercial partner for our first product suite.
Finally, we would like to recognize the Cyclotron Road Fellowship, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for continued partnership and support.