Daniela Blanco | AIChE

Daniela Blanco

Co-founder and CTO

Daniela Blanco obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from New York University and is the co-founder and CTO of Sunthetics. She works on the design of large-scale electrochemical reactors for organic electrosynthesis and has pioneered the development of machine learning platforms for accelerated reaction optimization, lowering the barrier to implementation of sustainable electrochemical processes. Her work on the conscious use of energy for chemical manufacturing has led to a technology for the production of Nylon 6,6 intermediates. The technology uses 30% less raw material and 30% less energy, while releasing 30% less emissions and reducing manufacturing costs by 20%. Blanco is a co-inventor in 4 patent applications pertaining to the development of electrochemical technologies and is also the recipient of the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Graduate Inventor Prize. Together with her founding team at Sunthetics, she has raised $400K in non-dilutive grants and competitions for the scale up and development of Sunthetics’ technology. Blanco has been named 2019 Global Student Entrepreneur, 2019 Brightest AI-CI Mind, and her vision for the future of chemical manufacturing has earned her invitations to speak at multiple panels and conferences, including the 2019 International Entrepreneurial Summit for the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations.