A new way to make and break bonds

The science behind the molecular magic

With our roots in a Caltech Nobel Laureate’s lab, we are exploring and developing the breakthrough in alkali metal catalysis featured in the film Element 19.

This breakthrough enables a new branch of catalysis that is based on Earth-abundant metals like potassium and sodium.

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A Black Swan event

The statistician-philosopher Nassim Taleb coined the term "Black Swan Event" to describe discoveries which run contrary to conventional wisdom, have great potential to revolutionize the status quo, and were previously overlooked due to their counter-intuitive nature.

In 2012, I was invited to write an essay for Angewandte Chemie, exploring the impact that this type of occurrence has had on the chemical enterprise. The essay discussed game-changing discoveries such as homogeneous gold catalysis, olefin metathesis (Nobel Prize 2005), and enzymatic reactions in non-aqueous media.

In my view, the novel chemistry underlying Fuzionaire represents another of these Black Swan Events.

William “Bill” A. Nugent, PhD, DuPont Central Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (ret.)
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Human ingenuity, inspired by Nature

Our ionic alkali metal platform uses new chemistry accessing Nature’s power to fundamentally improve the way in which we make and break bonds.

Bulk chemistry (e.g., oil-refining, ammonia synthesis) typically relies on catalysts made from abundant materials, though requiring high temperature and pressure.

Synthesizing complex chemicals (e.g., materials and medicines) is done at low temperature and pressure, though often requires precious metal catalysts.

Taking inspiration from Nature, where complex chemical processes occur with simple elements under ambient conditions, we discovered a powerful new approach to chemistry using Earth-abundant catalysts and reagents.

Unlocking the Periodic Table

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Earth-abundant metals like potassium and sodium are millions of times more abundant than precious metals.


The way in which we make and break bonds can be 10,000x less expensive than other methods.


Our chemistry enables entirely novel processes that are unlocking new possibilities in molecular science.

Back-to-back publications

A multi-year study by a team of leading experts across three continents provided the first observations as to how and why Fuzionaire's ionic alkali metal platform works. The study culminated in mechanistic explorations published back to back in JACS.

Unlocking a world of possibility

Our core chemistry will benefit billions of people, across large industries and markets.

We are currently applying our ionic alkali salt technologies to unsolved problems in medicine, energy, and materials.

Our extensive patent portfolio

Fuzionaire has over 30 patent applications and over 30 issued patents, spanning more than a dozen different patent families. The innovative nature of Fuzionaire's technology has been recognized by countries around the world, and in the US our patents have been issued in as little as 9 months.

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