Starbons Ltd is an award winning micro start-up company. Their Starbon® technology platform enables them to provide tailored technical solutions to meet customers' specific separation needs. The company was formed in 2012 as a spin-out originating from research conducted in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE). Since December 2017, Starbons has been independent and privately-owned. The company currently trades out of the Catalyst centre on the Heslington East campus.
Starbon® materials are a patented class of bio-based mesoporous materials derived from polysaccharides such as starch, pectin and alginic acid (from seaweed).
A Starbon® material is like a solid sponge.
The hole sizes and “stickiness” can be adjusted to allow different sized species to pass through or to stick to the Starbon®. Varying the “stickiness” means that substances can be captured in many ways.
For some applications there are no existing alternative technologies. For other applications Starbon® materials offer a sustainable, reusable and environmentally benign alternative to existing systems, whilst also delivering a step change in performance.
A video animation is available to view on YouTube: Starbons - Separation made Simple. There is more information about the company and its novel, versatile platform technology on the Starbons website: Starbons® | Making separations simple with cutting-edge products.