Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Mango Materials
2018 Entrepreneurship Award Winner
Dr. Molly Morse co-founded Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based start-up company that produces a naturally occurring biopolymer from waste biogas (methane) that is economically competitive with conventional oil-based materials. Her vision of the future involves the proliferation of anaerobic digestion so that methane can be used to make electricity, fuels, and materials, creating local regions of economic resilience. Morse has contributed to multiple patents, publications, and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to up-scale the biomanufacturing technology of using methane gas to produce biodegradable materials. Prior to founding Mango Materials, Morse served as Construction Manager & Green Designer for Bryant LLC, where she researched alternative building materials and supervised building remodeling using green, sustainable practices. She also organized a number of initiatives for Engineers for a Sustainable World, a group that addresses real-world problems faced by communities in the developing world. Morse received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering—with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry—from Stanford University, and she earned her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.