Member profile: Halion
Halion is developing advanced colour changing nanomaterials for intelligent surfaces, such as switchable glass, heads up displays, digital wayfinding and more. Halion is eager to connect with GEDI Exchange members and other interested parties to identify collaboration opportunities for commercializing its technology in new markets.
In a short pitch, how would you describe Halion's offerings (products and services)? What makes it innovative? What industry sectors and/or customers are you focused on?
Halion is developing advanced colour-changing nanomaterials for intelligent surfaces. We believe every surface around you should come alive and customize itself to your needs in the moment. Our first product is a dynamically tinting film that changes from dark black to completely colourless at the push of a button. Halion’s current focus is on tinting automotive sunroofs for better comfort and energy efficiency, however there are many other applications including commercial building windows, privacy glass, tinting camera lenses, and more.
Providing more detail, what is the value proposition of Halion's offerings? Examples could include the underlying technology, new capabilities, cost reduction, risk reduction, improved performance, new business model, etc.
As mentioned above, we believe in a future where every surface around you can come alive and customize to your needs in the moment. For example, your windows and walls should be able to display information when you want them to, and your car should be able to change colour at any moment. Today’s technologies will never get us there as they consume way too much power, they’re difficult to see in direct sunlight, and are often too slow to interact with.
Halion has invented a new colour-changing ink technology that can be formulated in different ways, offering high performance at low cost. These inks can be used to create a variety of products, including colour-changing plastic films that can be laminated to different surfaces, and low power, high resolution displays.
What is Halion's biggest achievement/success story to date?
Halion is pioneering a new area of chemistry and has designed, successfully synthesized, and patented its own colour-changing dye molecules. These materials have never been made before and unlock high-performance properties with low manufacturing costs for a wide range of products.
What does the future hold for Halion?
Halion is scaling up its technology from lab samples to commercial production in partnership with a major tier-1 automotive sunroof manufacturer. Halion is also working on a variety of proof-of-concept projects with interested partners to explore new products and applications of its technology.
What is Halion's connection to the University of Waterloo?
Cofounders Matt Lavrisa and Ryan Marchewka graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Nanotechnology Engineering program in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Halion has collaborated with academic labs at UWaterloo in the past, and has hired many co-op students to-date. Halion is also part of the Velocity Incubator.
Why did you decide to join the GEDI Exchange? What do you want to get out of it?
With a ride range of applicability for its materials, Halion is eager to connect with GEDI Exchange members and other interested parties to identify collaboration opportunities for commercializing its technology in new markets. Halion is also excited to connect with a larger network and give back to the community with its connections, advice, and mentorship.