Thurman has served as a city councilwoman, a mayor, a Florida state official, a member of the United States House of Representatives and been involved with many civic organisations.
Gavin Rezos, chairman, commented:
"Karen’s experience in protecting the health and safety of the public as an influential voice on the United States Congress House Ways and Means Committee and her role in government oversight of U.S. national security makes her the perfect fit to assist Alexium with advancing our goal of safer chemistry for all through innovation.
"The board looks forward to working with Congresswoman Thurman on the board and benefiting from her experience in both consumer and defense issues."
Alexium recently promoted Dirk Van Hyning to the position of chief executive officer, effective from June 30th, 2017.
Van Hyning will take over from Nicholas Clark, who remains on the board and assumes the new role of executive director strategy reporting to the chairman.
Alexium holds proprietary patent applications for novel technologies developed to provide flame retardancy for a wide range of materials.
These environmentally friendly flame retardants have applications for a number of industries and can be customized.
Further, Alexium has developed products for a range of other applications including phase-change materials, water repellents, antimicrobials, and combinations thereof.
Applications under development include but are not limited to textiles, packaging, electronics, and building materials.
Alexium’s chemical treatments are currently marketed under the Alexiflam™, Alexiflam FR™, Alexiflam SYN™, Alexiflam NF™, Alexiflam AD™, Alexiflam PB™, and Alexicool™ brand names.