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Syzygy Plasmonics Selects Pearland for New Headquarters, R&D and Manufacturing Facility





For Immediate Release
May 16, 2022

Melissa Black
Pearland Economic Development Corporation

Syzygy Plasmonics Selects Pearland for New Headquarters, R&D and Manufacturing Facility

Houston-based advanced manufacturing startup to lease 44,800 square-foot former Industrial Polymers building on S. Sam Houston Parkway in Pearland

PEARLAND, Texas — Leadership from the City of Pearland and the Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) are pleased to announce that Syzygy Plasmonics has leased a 44,800 square-foot building in Pearland for its new headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing facility.

Syzygy Plasmonics, a Houston-based startup founded in 2018, is pioneering a technology that produces clean, distributable hydrogen from various feedstocks. Syzygy’s platform technology is based on a field of science called photocatalysis, where the company is using light from LEDs that are driven by renewable electricity to perform chemical reactions. This technology can electrify the production of many chemicals that form the foundation of human society, such as hydrogen, liquid fuels, fertilizer, and other chemical raw materials. By creating these commodities using renewable electricity, Syzygy strives to achieve its goal of preventing a gigaton of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere by 2040.

“We are commercializing technology that produces low and zero-carbon chemicals, fuels, and fertilizers at a reasonable cost,” said Syzygy CEO Trevor Best. “Our first offering is a photoreactor that produces hydrogen using energy from light instead of heat. The facility at Pearland gives us space for testing, further development and product manufacturing while offering easy access to the highway system. We’re excited about advancing energy expansion, and we’re happy to have found a great space to grow in Pearland.”

Syzygy Plasmonics won third place and finished as the top U.S. company at the Clean Energy Pitch Start-up Battle in Glasgow, Scotland last year and was named the most outstanding venture among commercialization stage startups in April of this year at the NREL Industry Growth Forum. It also recently won BASF’s Sustainable by Design Start-up Challenge. Syzygy has an exclusive license agreement with Rice University to bring its photocatalytic technology to market and expects to initially demonstrate its product later this year.

“The City of Pearland is honored to add a visionary company such as Syzygy to the growing list of employers that call our community home,” stated Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole. Syzygy’s selection of Pearland for its new headquarters demonstrates how our community’s outstanding quality of life and business-friendly leadership continues to attract high-caliber companies to the area.”

The PEDC and city officials began working with Syzygy in 2021 on its relocation to Pearland. Syzygy will be leasing the former Industrial Polymers building from Welcome Group. The 44,800 square-foot building, located at 3250 S. Sam Houston Parkway, will serve as the company’s headquarters, research and development and manufacturing site for its product. The facility is expected to open later this year and will be home to approximately 60 employees.


About PEDC
Established in 1995, the Pearland Economic Development Corporation promotes, assists and enhances the economic development activities and quality of life within Pearland, Texas. In bringing new and existing businesses to the area, the organization attracts capital investment to add to the city’s tax base and helps to increase the number of employment opportunities for residents. For more information, visit pearlandedc.com.

About Syzygy Plasmonics
Syzygy is commercializing a deep-decarbonization platform dedicated to cleaning up the emissions-heavy chemical industry. We use breakthrough technology pioneered in the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University to harness energy from LED light to power chemical reactions. This new technology has the potential to electrify the chemical industry, shifting it to renewable electricity and cost-effectively reducing its carbon footprint. For more information, visit https://plasmonics.tech/.

About the City of Pearland
The City of Pearland is a full-service local government serving residents and businesses of a dynamic and diverse community immediately south of Houston. Strategically located between the Texas Medical Center, Port of Houston, and Hobby Airport, Pearland is “The Community of Choice” with a range of quality housing, retail, and office areas supported by first-class public service, parks, and recreation opportunities. The city boasts 125,878 residents by last estimate and is positioned for well-planned growth and quality of life. Over 850 dedicated public servants at the City of Pearland endeavor to make Pearland the most attractive and desirable community available. For more information, please visit pearlandtx.gov.