Autonomic Materials (AMI)


Autonomic Materials Incorporated (AMI) provides a range of self-healing solutions compatible with most coatings chemistries. AMI’s proprietary self-healing additives give coatings the ability to repair themselves when they are damaged without the need for any external intervention. This translates into lengthened recoating intervals, reduced labor costs, and minimized equipment downtime. AMI is presently working in partnership with coatings producers and major coatings consumers to make self-healing coatings a practical reality by addressing the large market need for improved resistance to corrosion.

Dr. Scott White, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois, founded Autonomic Materials in 2005. The late Dr. White was the leader of the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) group at the University of Illinois’ world-renowned Beckman Institute. This multidisciplinary research team has been developing breakthrough technologies in the area of self-healing materials for a decade. It is the AMS group’s innovative technology platform that Autonomic Materials is currently bringing to the global coatings market to enable the production of SMART coatings. UI Professors Nancy Sottos, Jeff Moore, and Paul Braun were also involved in the research that led to the formation of Autonomic Materials. The company’s first two employees, Dr. Magnus Andersson, and Dr. Gerald Wilson, also were part of the founding team. Wilson is currently the company’s President and CEO.

The research that led to the founding of AMI was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation.

EntrepriseWorks Tenure: 2005-2012

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After graduating from EnterpriseWorks in 2012, Autonomic Materials now resides in Champaign, IL.