UCD spin-out PlasmaBound raises €2.35m

PlasmaBound’s vision is to make its lightweight materials a standard feature on vehicles and devices globally. 

NovaUCD headquartered PlasmaBound has completed a €2.35m funding round.

The funding will power the company’s rapid acceleration on the path toward enabling its vision of sustainable lightweight materials being a standard feature on vehicles, devices and structures, globally, without the complexity, cost and waste involved today.

“Our technology is about getting more renewable, lightweight materials into use faster as we seek a more sustainable carbon-reduced future”

PlasmaBound’s Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA) technology is attracting significant interest in several sectors, where it empowers global industry to achieve their sustainability goals, particularly in carbon reduction and battery range extension. The technology is deployed in a SaaS model, with term-based licensing.

Lightweight material, heavyweight applications

PlasmaBound’s CPA enables high speed bonding of ultra-lightweight fibre-reinforced materials in a manner where it will effectively take on a role similar to welding in metals. 

This will collapse operational cycle times, extend shelf-life, and reduce manufacturing waste streams, all the while improving ultimate bond strengths.

The investment round is led by Act Venture Capital, and supported by the Atlantic Bridge University Fund, Enterprise Ireland and a number of private investors. 

“Our technology is about getting more renewable, lightweight materials into use faster as we seek a more sustainable carbon-reduced future,” said Alan Barry, CEO of PlasmaBound.

“We are excited to continue our rapidly accelerating journey toward enabling these materials to be standard on vehicles, structures and devices. Right now this is limited by cost and complexity to only high-tech applications, or premium price points, with limited real environmental impact. Pushing recyclable composites into mainstream mass-production will move the dial on all our efforts for a sustainable tomorrow. This funding signals confidence in this opportunity.”

PlasmaBound, headquartered at NovaUCD, was co-founded in 2017 by Dr James Nicholas Barry, Alan Barry and Xavier Montibert as a spin-out from the UCD College of Engineering and Architecture following the completion of Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Funding.

John O’Sullivan, general partner, Act Venture Capital, said: “The level of real world plasma control achieved with CPA will let industries use composites ubiquitously, cost effectively and creatively – it will enable a big step forward in composite material use. Something I think the sector has been waiting for.”

Main image at top: PlasmaBound co-founders, Alan Barry, Dr James Nicholas Barry and Xavier Montibert

John Kennedy
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