CEMS alumnus Christoph Krumm of Sironix Renewables receives funding to scale production of eco-friendly cleaning chemicals

Sept. 25, 2020 - Sironix Renewables, a Seattle-based startup company co-founded by Christoph Krumm (PhD ChE '16), developing non-toxic, sustainably-sourced ingredients for the cleaning products and personal care industries, recently announced the close of an over-subscribed seed funding round. The round of $645,000 included funding from the University of Minnesota Discovery Capital Investment program and from angel investors. Additionally, Sironix also announced it has been awarded a $1.15 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Sironix will use this new funding to scale production at its Seattle facility of its Eosix® technology that delivers enhanced performance, reduces petroleum use and solves for regulatory and possible health concerns faced by traditional surfactant ingredients.

The company's plant-based products replace petroleum-based ingredients in shampoos, detergents and cleaners and have additional applications ranging from personal care and cosmetics to agriculture, paints, inks and other coatings. The products also offer a safe option for avoiding the likely carcinogenic contaminant called 1,4-dioxane found in some cleaners and personal care products that has faced recent regulatory restrictions in New York and California. Sironix surfactants not only deliver improved performance over the affected ingredients but are also 100 percent free from 1,4-dioxane.

“Consumers are increasingly demanding sustainability and safety from the products they purchase, but don’t want to sacrifice on performance or pay a premium. Our Eosix technology checks the box on all of these requirements,” said Christoph Krumm, CEO and co-founder of Sironix Renewables. “The continued support of our funding sources, including the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Energy, is a testament to the incredible work that the Sironix team and its many partners have accomplished over the past four years as well as the confidence they have in our teams’ ability to achieve our vision.”

Excerpt from news release written by John Williams, Scoville PR for Sironix. Read the full release via the link below.

Spotlight photo credit: Ankita Naik, CEMS PhD candidate. The photo shows “the monolayer formed by tiny soap bubbles that are saving the world during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ankita Naik, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Naik formed the monolayer by pouring a few drops of soap foam onto a petri dish filled with a soap solution. She uses images like this one to compare the bubble size distribution—an indicator of soap foam stability and lather formation—for various soap foams. Monitoring this information can give researchers clues about how a given soap film will drain and coalesce under various conditions. Naik says her lab has developed a new class of biorenewable surfactants, known as oleo-furan surfactants, that are 100 times as stable as conventional, petrochemical-based surfactants in hard water, characterized by high levels of calcium and magnesium minerals. Her research focuses on the kinetics and mechanisms of key reactions involved in synthesizing these surfactants, which she hopes will explain their improved hard-water tolerance.

Interior photo credit: Sironix Renewables. The Sironix Renewables team, from left to right: Shawn Eady, Trenton Wilke, Sabrina Conrad, CEO and co-founder Christoph Krumm, Jessica Pon and Emily Case.

Related Link: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/09/16/2094579/0/en/Sironix-Renewables-Closes-Seed-Round-to-Scale-Production-of-its-Plant-based-Surfactant-for-Detergents-Cleaners-Shampoos.html