Awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase 1 $225,000

December 2, 2019

New Publication:

Energy Transfer Mechanism in Light Driven C-N Cross Coupling

November 12, 2019

Energy Transfer to Ni-amine Complexes in Dual Catalytic, Light-driven C–N Cross-Coupling Reactions

Link to Full Publication

Silicon Valley CU Boulder Investor Event

Palo Alto, CA

August 14 - 20, 2019

New Iridium participated in the Bay Area Investor Gathering in Palo Alto, CA organized by the CU Boulder's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and lead by SV Tech Ventures. 

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Exclusive Licensing Agreement with University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

July 8, 2019

New Iridium have executed an Exclusive Licensing Agreement with CU Boulder for the the patent in regards to Compositions and Methods of Promoting Organic Photocatalysis.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Conference

Orlando, FL

March 31 - April 4, 2019

Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim attended and presented at the ACS conference. Topics presented are:

  • Strongly reducing organic dihydrophenazine and phenixazine photoredox catalysts for visible light-driven synthesis of polymers and small molecules

  • Benzimidazoles as Metal-Free and Recyclable Hydrides for CO2 Reduction to Formate

  • C-N Cross-Coupling via Photoexcitation of Nickel-Amine Complexes

Destination Startup - University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

February 1, 2019

New Iridium participated in the Destination Startup program hosted by Venture Partners of CU Boulder. This program is a collaboration among Colorado's leading research universities and federal laboratories, showcasing the best technologies from the region’s innovation ecosystem. 

Brent Cutcliffe joins New Iridium

Boulder, CO

May 1, 2018

Brent Cutcliffe joins as the co-founder and COO of New Iridium. He holds Bachelor and MBA from Canadian universities. Mr. Cutcliffe brings experience from over 10 years in C-suite roles and high-growth startups. ​

New Publication: 

Discovery of Dihydroacridine 


November 26, 2019

Dimethyl‐dihydroacridines as Photocatalysts in the Organocatalyzed ATRP of Acrylate Monomers

Link to Full Publication

Webinar: Fundamentals  & Applications of Photoredox Catalysts in Organic & Macromolecular Synthesis

October 29, 2019

Garret Miyake, Professor of Colorado State University and Co-Founder of New Iridium was the keynote speaker to discuss the fundamentals of photoredox catalysts application in organic synthesis. Webinar recording can be found here. This event is sponsored by Merck KGaA and MilliporeSigma.

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International Conference on Photochemistry (ICP)

Boulder, CO 

July 21 - 26, 2019

 Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim participated and presented in the ICP 2019 conference. Topics presented are:

  • ​Strongly Reducing Organic Photoredox Catalysts for Visible Light-driven Synthesis of Polymers and Small Molecules 

  • Visible-light-driven Conversion of CO2 to CH4 with an Organic Sensitizer and an Iron Porphyrin Catalyst

Dr. David J Boston joins New Iridium

Fort Collins, CO

June 12, 2019

Dr. David J. Boston joins New Iridium as a lead scientist. Dr. Boston earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, where his dissertation topic was “Examining Ruthenium Chromophores for the Photochemical Reduction of CO2 to Methanol”. Dr. Boston holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Iowa State University (2006), where his undergraduate research project was in catalysis for asymmetric hydrogen transfer.


Established Lab Space in Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

March 1, 2019

Started leasing lab space from CSU.

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Winter Conference on Medicinal & Bioorganic Chemistry (WCMBC)

Steamboat Springs, CO

January 27-31, 2019

Marianne Foo joins New Iridium

Boulder, CO

May 1, 2018

Marianne Foo joins as a part-time CFO of New Iridium. Ms. Foo has a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) from Drexel University. Ms. Foo is a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting and has over eight years experience with global clients in industries ranging from pharmaceutical to consumer and industrial products.​


Runner Up of BizWest's IQ Award Innovation Challenge

Loveland, CO

August 22, 2019

New Iridium won 2nd place in the BizWest’s Northern Colorado IQ Awards Innovation Challenge. The IQ Awards recognize innovation among new businesses in the northern CO region. 

ARPA-E 10th Energy Innovation Summit Aurora, CO

July 8, 2019

New Iridium attended the 2019 ARPA-E Summit. This summit brings together energy stakeholders, industry professionals and technology experts from around the world to discuss and address America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. This year’s event recognizes 10 years of ARPA-E making ideas into reality and sets the stage for the next decade of energy innovation.


Colorado State University (CSU) Demo Day

Fort Collins, CO

April 23, 2019

New Iridium participated in CSU Demo Day which was a premiere event that inspires and enriches the entrepreneurial community of CSU and Northern Colorado. Faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni, business professionals, and entrepreneurs had the opportunity to engage with researchers and local emerging companies in and around our community. 


Received Phase 1 Funding - NIH SBIR

Boulder, CO

February 5, 2019

New Iridium received Phase 1 funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. NIH SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization.

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Meeting with Merck & Co.

Kenilworth, NJ

September 1, 2018

Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim visited the Photoredox team in Merck & Co.