From Nano-Tech to Global Impact: Jchi Global Eco-Friendly Materials

From Nano-Tech to Global Impact: Jchi Global Eco-Friendly Materials

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Jchi global (official site) is a startup that specializes in nano-technology materials that have an eco-friendly impact and that could be utilized on a global scale, which makes them particularly interesting in this period where “Green” technologies of all kinds are at the forefront of everyone’s (corporate) plans.

One of their most interesting technologies is the visible light-responsive photocatalysts. Activated photocatalysts are substances that will modify the rate of some chemical reactions when exposed to light (= photons). Jchi uses TiO2 (Titanium oxide) as a photocatalyst in different materials, making them react differently with their environment. Of course, there’s more to it than just using TiO2, and Jchi has 21 patents that protect its intellectual property (IP).

TiO2 has been used in many applications for its various properties, including a high refractive index. For example, you can find it in some anti-fogging glass or even FDA-approved food applications, dental paste, etc. As such, it is considered “non-toxic” by many, although that topic is still under intense research and some debate.

Other general applications include sterilization, odor removal, purification, pollution prevention and more. That’s a very versatile and useful set of potential applications. During our chat with Jchi, they mentioned using their photocatalyst in conjunction with artificial turf manufacturing to extend the lifespan of these artificial ground covers.

Turf has a typical lifespan of 6-7 years as it degrades when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) and other elements. However, according to the company, turfs manufactured with a mix of plastic and Jchi’s photocatalyst might have 2X the longevity. Obviously, that would have a major impact on how often one would have to renew such products, reducing or delaying plastic utilization.

Jchi’s photocatalyst would also help reduce the maximum temperature of any turf when that area is exposed to full sunlight. As you may have experienced, turf surfaces are significantly hotter than natural grass during hot and sunny days. The photocatalyst would help reduce this effect but won’t equal real grass.

LG Science Park

And this is not just theoretical: Jchi has done a real-world test with FIFA. They confirmed things like the 2X lifespan and that the artificial blades of grass keep their shape and flexibility longer. The company has made other tests, notably with Hyundai Construction and the LG Science Park (a great place we have visited in the past).

50% of the turf market is located in the USA, so it makes sense that Jchi is looking for global partners to address that market. It’s a big reason why they will attend CES 2024.

The turf is a great illustration of what JChi’s photocatalyst can do, but it’s up to various industries who buy their products to decide how to use it. Many materials exposed to strong sunlight could benefit from it, like tennis flooring, playgrounds, exterior surfaces, etc.

Most of their business comes from B2B exchanges, and if things work out as planned they would like to go IPO by 2027.

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