Hyaline from Zymergen is a bio‑based transparent film that is flexible, thin, and versatile.

Benefits

  • Reduced waste
  • High transparency
  • Temperature resistant

Applications

  • Touch screens
  • Camera lenses
  • Wearable sensors

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 9: Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

Bioutilization

  • Bacteria

The Challenge

Electronics are everywhere these days, and many of them require a thin film to coat the outside and protect them. Traditional manufacturing of these films uses petroleum-based products and chemicals, resulting in carbon pollution. Additionally, these products outlast their useful lifetime, creating a significant amount of waste.

Innovation Details

Hyaline is a film that is produced through fermentation using bacteria. The result is a film with high transparency, high temperature resistance, and excellent mechanical properties.

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Biomimicry Story

Some bacteria live in environments with little to no oxygen. When this occurs, they use the process of fermentation to obtain energy by converting sugar into lactic acid.