STARLITE is a polymer shown to have unrivaled properties in the industry of fire safety. In its more than 20 years of existence, it has been rigorously tested by independent companies and laboratories such as NASA, Boeing, the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment and consistently resulted in fire protection and heat shielding levels never seen in other materials. Invented by Maurice Ward, it was never patented or commercialized despite those impressive credentials.

Thermashield, a chemical startup based in California, fully acquired the technology in 2013 and has since been able to replicate the inventor's most iconic tests with the same outstanding results. Our own samples have passed ASTM testing and high-powered laser tests at a renowned US institute of technology. We are currently developing the technology and seeking partners to turn this invention into real world applications. 

 Wherever there is heat, there are applications.
We know all the tremendous possibilities that this material has.

Rosendo Naranjo

NASA Program Manager

We still don't yet know how the material works, but that it works it is absolutely the case.

Sir Ronald Mason

UK Defense Ministry

Demonstration on live TV

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Live demonstrations on Tomorrow's World and the BBC Radio 4 in 1990 showed that an egg coated in Starlite could remain raw, and cold enough to be picked up with a bare hand, even after five minutes under the flame of a blowtorch. When heat is applied, the material chars, which creates an expanding low-density foam of carbon which is thermally resistant.  

Expert Validations

White Sands Tests

UK Ministry of Defense, 1991

Simulated nuclear explosion with 2,650 tonnes of TNT. Substrate unharmed, "merely blackened on the surface".

Plastic that can withstand a Nuclear Blast?

 August 15, 1993 

"...Starlite seems to promise coatings that could protect satellites from laser weapons, or shields on tanks that could fend off heat from a nuclear blast."
“...couldn’t touch Starlite even with a plasma torch, which easily cuts through 18 inches of steel.” and “it took 9 seconds to heat a warhead to 900ºC. But a paper-thin layer of Starlite halted the temperature rise at 40ºC”.

"Proof of concept" tests

December, 1997

"The conclusion from this phase of testing is that Starlite has successfully demonstrated "proof of concept" for resisting high-energy lasers and as fire and thermal barrier" 

Femtosec Laser Tests


Extreme power densities without observable damage to the surface of the material.

ASTM D635 Burn Tests

November 2017

No specimens burned to the 25mm mark. The specimens did not continue to flame after the flame application.