Press Coverage

  • The Nuclear Engineer Who is the Darling of the Alt-Energy World

    Investments in private nuclear technology startups are booming, often focused on making parts of the nuclear process, like waste management or batteries, more efficient. A leader in driving this innovation is Rachel Slaybaugh through the Nuclear Bootcamp. Ian Hamiton, a graduate of the bootcamp, is now developing batteries from nuclear waste. These batteries can operate for up to 400 years and fit a range of applications, including portable power packs for soldiers and remote telecommunication system generators. Read More

  • 3 Ways Anyone Can Access The World's Best Scientific Research

    Another vastly underutilized resource is the national labs, which are some of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the world. Here again, despite the impressive credentials, the labs are open to you as a resource and, in fact, have developed a number of programs to help you access them more easily. For example, Argonne National Laboratory has developed three programs specifically to engage with the private sector. The ACCESS program is focused specifically on next generation batteries, Nano Design Works offers a more wide ranging set of services and Chain Reaction helps to incubate new technologies for the marketplace. Andreas Roelofs, who heads up many of these efforts at Argonne, stressed to me that they are eager to hear from you. "If you want to improve your business by creating better materials, more efficient chemical processes, more advanced electronics or whatever, chances are we can help or at least point you in the right direction. Even more importantly, we want our work to be useful and to make an impact," he told me. Read More

  • An Inside Look at Argonne’s Startup Incubator

    Known for its strengths in supercomputing and clean energy, Argonne National Lab has a long tradition bringing together some of the world’s foremost scientists and most advanced facilities to take on many of the world’s biggest challenges. Continuing the tradition of collaboration and scientific advancement, Argonne recently announced the launch of its first-ever in-house startup incubator, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI). Read More

  • Purdue Innovator Selected For Argonne’s First Entrepreneurship Program; Discovery Park-Based Purdue Foundry Also To Serve In Mentorship Capacity

    A Purdue graduate student who is developing technology that could turn nuclear waste into energy, has been selected as one of five innovators in a newly embedded entrepreneurship program at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Ian Hamilton, a graduate student in Purdue's School of Nuclear Engineering, was selected for Argonne's Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program. Read More

  • Innovators join first entrepreneurial program at Argonne National Laboratory

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurial program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced its inaugural group of entrepreneurs and mentor partners, including the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Developers of energy, transportation and aerospace technologies will join Chain Reaction Innovations based at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • Midwest startups compete for clean-tech investment funding

    Clean Energy Trust is also currently accepting applications for its 2017 CET Challenge, which will award up to $1 million of this kind of “patient capital” to early-stage, Midwest-based, clean-tech companies. Last month, DOE launched a similar, Illinois-based initiative aimed at boosting prospects for young entrepreneurs in clean energy. Chain Reaction Innovations awards up to $550,000 to five early-stage innovators and embeds them at Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont, Illinois. Read More

  • Innovators Drawn to Illinois By Argonne's First Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

    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 selection of its first members and mentor partners. Read More

  • Maximizing the local economic impact of federal R&D

    Federally funded research and development (R&D) is a hallmark of the U.S. economy. Two-thirds of the most influential technologies of the last 50 years were supported by federal R&D at national laboratories and universities.1 Smartphones, autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine and other transformational innovations owe key technical components to public R&D. Moreover, this federal commitment does more than produce new products. By fostering innovation, it translates into productivity growth, the most important mechanism for ensuring economic growth and broadly shared prosperity. In Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab are working with the University of Chicago to further the mission of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in its efforts to develop new research-based startups in the city. Read More

  • Leaders address future of Argonne National Laboratory

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bill Foster and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz address the future of facilities like Argonne National Laboratory during an event Dec. 20, 2016 at the University of Chicago. The video tape of the Chain Reaction Innovations press conference to announce its first cohort can be viewed here. Read More

  • Congressional funding is key to questions about Argonne's future

    Dignitaries spoke at The University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hyde Park to announce the first participants in a new program to embed entrepreneurs at a national laboratory. Speakers included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Read More


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  • 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

  • World-Class Mentoring

    A key component of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program is business mentorship. In addition to the world-class scientific and technical support that CRI will provide innovators, participants will also get assistance in developing business strategies, conducting market research, and finding long-term financing and potential … Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovation's First-Ever Cohort Features Diverse Set of Innovators and Ideas

    Applicants for CRI came from 22 states. About 50% of applicants were with startups; the rest were students, professors, postdocs or members of industry. The four recipients represent Colorado, Indiana, North Dakota and Ohio. Read More

  • First Chain Reaction Innovations cohort: Ian Hamilton

    Ian Hamilton is one of the innovators selected for the first cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations, a new two-year program that offers innovators with energy- or science-based ideas a home at Argonne National Laboratory for two years, where they’ll have time to develop and scale … Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovations announces first cohort

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced the selection of its first members and mentor partners. CRI is a new two-year program that offers innovators with energy- or science-based ideas a home at Argonne National Laboratory for two years, … Read More