Northwestern Start Ups

Zzyzx Polymers, LLC

Northwestern Inventors
Philip Brunner
Zzyzx Polymers, LLC
John Torkelson
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Zzyzx uses an innovative process known as solid-state shear pulverization (SSSP) to make polymeric materials that cannot be made via conventional processing techniques. SSSP lowers material cost by reducing processing steps. In addition, the materials have superior properties as a result of better break-up and dispersion of additives. Zzyzx’s products fall within three distinct areas including engineered materials, recycled plastics, and biobased and biodegradable polymer composites.