Nanotechnology Engineering grads Chong Shen and Khanjan Desai (NE ’13) were among the first to take their Capstone Design project to market. After three and a half years of product development and testing, their company, Alchemy, now employs nine people and continues to attract attention with its protective windshield coating, ExoShield.
ExoShield has evolved from its beginnings as an anti-frost spray. Now, windshields coated with this transparent nanomaterial are protected from all manner of threats, including rocks chips and UV damage. Alchemy's co-founder and chief executive officer, Desai, describes ExoShield as a giant phone-screen protector, but for your windshield.
The protection that ExoShield offers is big news for new car owners who, whether they know it or not, have expensive technology embedded in the windshield that significantly increases the cost of windshield replacement.
With their placement as a top-ten finalist in the 2018 Sci Innovation Competition in Toronto, Alchemy brought ExoShield to the 'Grande Finals' of the Second China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition in Shenzhen in April 2018.