Impossible Materials

Created in 2022 as a spin-out company from University of Cambridge and University of Fribourg, Impossible Materials technology turns the most abundant biopolymer on earth - cellulose - into functional, high-performance ingredients. 

The first technology developed by Impossible Materials is a unique light-scattering material that can be used as pigment - 100% natural.

Our misson

We create, produce and sell new functional materials and structures based on cellulose for a wide variety of consumer products and advanced applications.

We employ scientific methods to tailor cellulose into efficient biobased materials solving customer pain points - nontoxic and cost-effectively. Our cellulose functional materials are produced using energy efficient industrial processes.

Deep tech meets business

Impossible Materials combines decades of entrepreneurial experience with leading technology expertise across fields, complemented by diversity and attracting young bright minds. We aim to develop products that change the world through impact.

Meet the team

Dr. Lukas Schertel
CEO & co-founder

Oliver Polcher
CBO & co-founder

Dr. Wadood Hamad

Prof. Silvia Vignolini
Scientific Advisor & co-founder

Nicolas Berg
Board Member

Dr. Sandra Wohlhauser
Lab Manager

Dr. Shuzhen Chen
Lab Technician

Dr. Flavia Vieira
Technical intern

Award winning


Mass Challenge Switzerland (Finalist)

VentureKick Stage 3
Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge (Finalist)
VentureKick Stage 2
Innosuisse Core Coaching
VentureKick Stage 1
DeVigier Prize
StartupDays (Sustainable Tech Winner)
crQlr Awards
Innosuisse Initial Coaching
Ray of Hope Prize (Finalist)
BRIDGE Proof of Concept
Postdoc Business Plan Competition (3rd place)