Announcements

  • Science entrepreneurship competition with up to $420,000 award opens Sept. 5

    Building an energy or materials science technology is difficult. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) can help you do that by providing business planning and technical mentorship, up to $200,000 in a fellowship grant, and up to $220,000 to spend on research work at Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • August CRI Newsletter

    In this issue, learn about how Emergy is growing bio-designed carbon with improved properties, hear why the first cohort of innovators joined CRI, and sign up for a webinar where you can ask questions about the Sept. 5 opening of the application period for the second cohort.  Read More

  • Capstone and FGC Plasma Solutions to test new plasma combustion technology

    Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), a leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it has partnered with FGC Plasma Solutions to test a new plasma-assisted fuel injection technology in its C65 microturbine. FGC Plasma Solutions has engineered a fuel injection technology that incorporates plasma to better control combustion in jet engines and gas turbines. The technology enables more optimum operation of the engine as well as benefits from lower emissions, increased fuel flexibility and improved reliability. Read More

  • April 2017 CRI Newsletter

    Innovator spotlight on Ian Hamilton and his technology for a radioisotope battery that lasts 400 years and is cheaper and more efficient than today's nuclear batteries. CRI announces the selection of its first cohort and prepares to accept applications for the second cohort. Read More

  • Clean Energy Trust Challenge Accepting Applications Until Jan. 17

    The Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge is one of the nation’s largest fundraising events for energy tech startups. This is the eight year of the program and the third consecutive year that CET has committed to invest $1,000,000 in cleantech startups in the Midwest. The … Read More

  • CRI Announces First Cohort and Mentor Partners

    In an event today with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Senator Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory, announced the … Read More

  • CRI and Mission Innovation Highlighted at The Current Happy Hour

    Join us at The Current happy hour on Dec. 1 to hear the latest policy updates—particularly Mission Innovation, an initiative to double public investment in clean energy research and development. Learn about federal funding opportunities for your company, programs to help you partner with government … Read More

  • CRI featured at PEW clean energy forum in Michigan

    As a prelude to the 2016 Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, small-business leaders will hear about Chain Reaction Innovations and Nano Design Works, two Argonne National Laboratory programs aimed at leveraging the resources of a national laboratory to expedite entrepreneurship. The panel “From the Lab to … Read More

  • Argonne technology experts welcome at CRI semi-finals

    The semi-finals for the first cohort of Argonne’s new technology incubator, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), will take place September 13. Between 15 and 20 innovators from across the country will give a 10-minute presentation followed by a Q&A from judges. Argonne employees are invited … Read More

  • Urban Business Roundtable: Chain Reaction Innovations

    Chain Reaction Innovations Director Andreas Roelofs explains how entrepreneurs can apply for the incubator’s first cohort and how having access to expertise and tools at a national laboratory can accelerate innovation in the Chicago area. Listen to a podcast of the interview. Read More

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  • CRI project aims to fill critical computing needs

    Research team from Chain Reaction Innovations Cohort 2 harnesses Center for Nanoscale Materials power to explore emerging materials for energy-efficient computing.   The demand for computing power continues to accelerate with each passing year as consumers grow ever more reliant on smart phones and the … Read More

  • Mesodyne Awarded a Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

    Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D Mesodyne, Inc has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,362 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a scalable photonic crystal fabrication process for mesoscale … Read More

  • Cohort 3 Final Pitch Competition

    February 7, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Building 240 View Replay Through an annual call, four to six teams are selected to join Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), a two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. Read More

  • Argonne OutLoud: Innovation, Argonne and the Evolving Energy Economy

    John Carlisle, director of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program at Argonne, provides an overview of changes in the energy economy and a glimpse into how Argonne is creating new solutions to address these changes – and new opportunities for scientists to connect with innovation. Read More

  • Innovation on display during Chain Reaction Innovations’ Demo Day

    For 18 months entrepreneurs in the first cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), an early stage entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, have been honing technologies that promote energy efficiency and a more sustainable future. Funded by the Advanced … Read More