Chemical Research Associate

About the Company

ThruPore Technologies, Inc. is an advanced materials company that launched in 2012 and is focused on the development of high performance catalysts for the chemical industry. ThruPore is headquartered in Delaware and operates laboratories and manufacturing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

About the Position

ThruPore seeks to employ a Chemical Research Associate for its Tuscaloosa, AL location.  Minimum requirements are a Master’s degree in Chemistry or closely related field, or a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry or closely related field, plus at least two years’ experience in a research position.  S/he must also have gained the following special skills as part of graduate degree program or research position experience:  GC, extraction and chromatographic separations; organic synthesis, isolation and purification; working with high pressure reactors, such as Parr reactors; chemical hydrogenation reactions.  Qualified candidates must pass a background check.

To apply, send resume, degree and transcript, summary of special skills and experience, and 3 letters of reference to ThruPore Technologies, Inc., Attn. Franchessa Sayler, 15 Read’s Way, Suite 107, New Castle, DE 19720.  Or email:

Technical Advisory Board

About the Company

ThruPore Technologies, Inc. is an advanced materials company that launched in 2012 and is focused on the development of high performance catalysts for the chemical industry. ThruPore is headquartered in Delaware and operates laboratories and manufacturing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

About the Position – Technical Advisory Board Member

ThruPore is forming a Technical Advisory Board, consisting of technical thought leaders from the chemical industry. The purpose of the Board is to provide advice and guidance regarding key technology trends for industrial chemical catalysts and adsorbents. The commitment level will be several hours per month, and we expect a 1-year Term. Responsibilities include advice and validation regarding product/market fit for ThruPore in both new and existing chemical processes. Compensation will be equity-based.

Contact:   email our CEO

American Coatings Show

April 10-12, Indianapolis Convention Center

The LEADING Global chemical pigments & coatings conference and exhibition.

Booth #2943 – Pflaumer Brothers

Founded 83 years ago, Pflaumer Brothers, Inc.  is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals based on proprietary technology for coatings, inks, plastics, metalworking fluids and lubricants, and electronics.  Pflaumer’s technology covers a broad range of chemistries, including polymerized phosphate esters, polyglycerol esters, surface-active polyesters and polyamides, polymerized isocyanates, polyurethanes, epoxies, polyaspartics, acrylic polymers, and specialty amines.  Pflaumer has developed considerable expertise in the synthesis and dispersion of crystals used as high-performance organic pigments and nano-technology, such as graphene nano-ribbons and graphene quantum dots, both crystals of carbon.

In 2008 the company purchased its current location, a 40,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Ewing, NJ.  The building is equipped with 5 loading docks, 5,000 amps of electricity, 114 ton chiller, compressed air  throughout the building, a trash compactor, a state-of-the-art dust collection system, four 6,000 gallon bulk storage tanks inside the building, as well as three separate laboratories with more than 300 linear feet of bench-top lab space and five fumed hoods.   The fully equipped laboratories consist of an applications lab, an analytical lab, and a synthesis lab.

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March 5-7,  Sheraton Sand Key Hotel, Clearwater Beach, FL

The LEADING Process Chemistry Conference and Exhibition

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ThruPore Announces $540,000 First Close of a $1 Million Seed Round led by Robin Hood Ventures

Philadelphia, PA (February 20, 2018) — ThruPore, the maker of catalysts for the multi-billion dollar chemical industry, has announced the first close of its $1 million seed round. The $540,000 investment was led by Philadelphia-based angel investor group Robin Hood Ventures alongside Delaware Crossing Investor Group (DCIG), marking ThruPore’s first institutional funding round.

The funds have been earmarked to expand ThruPore’s customer acquisition and product manufacturing efforts. In the coming weeks, the company is expected to close the round at up to $1 million, including funding from angel investors in Alabama where the company was formed.

ThruPore Technologies was cofounded in 2012 at the The University of Alabama by CEO Dr. Franchessa Sayler and Professor Martin Bakker. As a graduate student, Sayler was approached by a staff scientist who was dissatisfied with the performance of current catalysts. She saw an opportunity to apply the technology developed in Bakker’s lab to make a better catalyst. Sayler figured out how to control the pore size of a catalyst’s support structures, creating 50 percent more accessible surface area and producing a catalyst that is six times more active than its competitors.

Though Robin Hood is well known for funding early stage technology companies, the opportunity to support chemical process innovations in this stage is unique. Because such innovations can require large capital expenditures, they are often led by corporations rather than startups. Beyond this, ThruPore boasted a patented innovation and a CEO with unrivaled subject matter expertise.

By investing in ThruPore, Robin Hood Ventures will add to a portfolio of women-owned and female-founded businesses such as Lia Diagnostics and tassl.

“I am excited to see that Robin Hood Ventures has taken the initiative to help close the gender gap in funding for women-led tech ventures,” said Sayler.

Robin Hood first connected with Sayler through one of its members, Glen Gaddy, PhD. Currently Gaddy is the Chair of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, an organization that helps early-stage technology and innovation-based companies acquire funding and build sustainable businesses. As part of Robin Hood’s mentorship, Gaddy will join ThruPore’s Board.

“Universities are a catalyst for exciting ideas, but it can be a challenge getting their innovations into the industry’s hands,” said Gaddy. “Franchessa has not only the expertise in the chemical process industry, but the product to prove it. Robin Hood has been very impressed by what she has accomplished so far, and is excited to see how this investment will help ThruPore grow.”

“A product that reduces cost and improves yield is a real differentiator,” said Antonio Tedesco, a DCIG member since 2008. “ThruPore’s catalyst sets chemical manufacturers apart from their competitors. DCIG is confident in Franchessa’s ability to drive this value. DCIG is excited to be a part of it and pleased to invest with Robin Hood, a trusted partner.” Antonio led DCIG’s due diligence and joins ThruPore’s Board.

ThruPore also has a long lineage of National Science Foundation (NSF) support, dating back to the original innovation at The University of Alabama in 2008. NSF has invested over $1.1 million in ThruPore through the SBIR and I-Corps Programs. “The National Science Foundation has been critical in de-risking our technology by providing funding to develop and scale-up our innovation,” said Sayler. With the capital raised in this round, ThruPore will also be eligible for a potential two-to-one matching grant through the NSF SBIR Phase IIB Program.

About ThruPore Technologies, Inc.
ThruPore Technologies is an innovative materials company focusing its 1st product in the chemical catalyst industry. ThruPore was founded at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2012 and was launched in 2014 after winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Grant. ThruPore operates labs and has manufacturing in Tuscaloosa, AL and has headquarters in New Castle, DE.

About Robin Hood Ventures
Robin Hood Ventures is a group of angel investors, focused on early-stage, high-growth companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. We help entrepreneurs build great companies, providing capital, mentoring, expertise and connections to help companies reach their potential. Robin Hood generally invests up to $1 million over the lifetime of a company, and collaborates with angels, institutions and VCs in our network. We invest as a single entity in businesses we know and understand, in a way that gets deals done. Since 1999, we have invested in over 65 companies in industries including software, medical devices, biotech, internet and financial technology. For more information on Robin Hood Ventures portfolio companies like ThruPore, visit here.

About Delaware Crossing Investor Group (DCIG)
Delaware Crossing Investor Group DCIG is a network of former and current executives and entrepreneurs who provide counsel and capital to early-stage companies. Over the past 13 years, members have backed entrepreneurs and their companies with investment capital and key domain expertise across a wide array of industries. Most of DCIG’s investments are in the Mid-Atlantic Region and often in conjunction with other Angel groups and early stage venture capitalists. DCIG meets monthly alternating between Doylestown, PA and Princeton, NJ.