Corporate HQ: Waltham, MA
R&D Lab: Ithaca, NY

Founded in 2004, Novomer is an emerging sustainable chemistry company commercializing a family of high performance, cost effective, environmentally responsible polymers and chemicals.

The proprietary technology allows traditional chemical feedstocks to be combined with carbon dioxide (CO2) or carbon monoxide (CO) to cost effectively synthesize sustainable chemicals and materials for a wide variety of applications via two distinct technology platforms: one uses waste CO2 as a raw material to produce a family of polyols for use in polyurethane applications, and another uses waste CO to produce C3 and C4 drop-in chemicals (acrylic acid, butanediol, THF).

Novomer's catalyst system is cost effective and produces a polymer with an extremely precise backbone and little to no by-products. Because the polymerization reaction occurs at slightly above room temperature the process generates a very small carbon footprint.

As of 2015, Novomer's polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyol, a versatile polymer made from CO2, is available at a commercial scale, adopted into a formulation for polyurethane hot-melt adhesives by Jowat AG (Germany).

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Dr. Geoffrey Coates

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Novomer

Professor, Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Cornell University

Blavatnik Regional Award
Finalist 2007 and 2008

Recognized for the development of new synthetic strategies for producing new polymeric materials

Dr. Coates' research focuses on the development of new catalysts for the synthesis of macromolecules and small molecules. His current research centers on the development of homogeneous catalysts for olefin polymerization, heterocycle carbonylation, epoxide homo- and copolymerization, and the utilization of carbon dioxide in polymer synthesis. In 2011 Dr. Coates was identified by Thomson Reuters as one of the world's top 100 chemists on the basis of the impact of his scientific research.


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