Magpie Polymers

Magpie Polymers
Magpie Polymers provides an innovative and patented filtration technology for the selective removal of transition metals from industrial waste or process water. More selective than any other filtration media, Magpie Polymers recovers precious metals such as platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, even in the presence of high amounts of other metals, organics and hard or salty water. Magpie also provides high performance, yet simple to apply solutions for toxic metal removal from any types of industrial waste-water. The company is a spin-off from the French Institute Ecole Polytechnique and has its production and analysis facility 1hour South of Paris in Saint Pierre les Nemours.

Steven van Zutphen
Steven van Zutphen invented the technology for Magpie as researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 2006, where he worked after his studies. At the end of 2007, he joined Corning Research in Fontainebleau where he worked together with Etienne Almoric on a number of research projects. In 2010, Steven and Etienne left their jobs in order to start Magpie Polymers. As an entrepreneur and synthetic chemist, Steven has a broad background in organic, organometallic and bio-chemistry. He is experienced in academic and industrial research, technology transfer and start-up creation, and has authored or co-authored 18 peer reviewed research articles and 5 patent applications. Steve holds a M.Sc. from the University of Bristol and a PhD from Leiden University, both in chemistry.