Zylon

Neil Matouka
Zylon has the ability to create adipic acid, a precursor to nylon, from a glucose feedstock instead of petroleum.
Nylon is a ubiquitous material - it's found in food, medical equipment, upholstery, clothing, and much more. However, it uses fossil fuels as a feedstock and thus produces nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, as a dangerous byproduct. Zylon has the technology to produce adipic acid, the precursor to nylon, from a cheap, renewable feedstock - glucose - while eliminating nitrous oxide emissions.