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  • Waiting to Protect Intellectual Property Could Doom Your Startup

    McCareins recently sat down with Pete Slawniak, an intellectual property lawyer at Argonne National Laboratory, and advisor to Argonne’s startup incubator called Chain Reaction Innovations. Their conversation touched on what startups of all stripes should know about … Read More

  • Innovators drawn to Illinois by Argonne National Laboratory’s entrepreneurship program

    Developing a great idea into a technology that impacts the market and the world is difficult. Doing so with an energy- or ­science-based technology can seem nearly impossible for ­entrepreneurs. Complex tech­nical ­challenges, long develop­ment cycles, expensive lab ­equipment, and impatient ­investors ­create high hurdles … Read More

  • Plasma-assisted fueling for jets

    One of the innovators at Argonne National Laboratory's Chain Reaction Innovations Program, is Felipe Gomez del Campo, a twenty something who hopes to confirm his theory that plasma can fuel jet engines. This Miami native has been working on this project since he used it for one of his science projects. Now this millennial who has visited the White House to talk about his project is working in Chicago with a team of engineers who are putting in a lot of money and research into his idea. If this is proven to be accurate, this hardware application could potentially save the airline industry millions of dollars. Read More

  • Research looks into ethanol opportunity

    Ethanol is commonly used as a gasoline substitute, but an engineering startup sees the potential to use the corn-based fuel as a cleaner, renewable substitute for diesel fuel as well. BJ Johnson, a mechanical engineer and CEO of ClearFlame Engines, said his company is optimizing … Read More

  • Thought Leaders and Experts Join National Graphene Association Advisory Board

    The National Graphene Association has announced the initial 35 members of an unrivaled advisory board of thought leaders and experts from commercial and industrial segments, advanced material and technology companies and corporations, national labs, government agencies, investment firms, standard bodies and academic and research institutions. Read More

  • 20 in Their 20s

    By age 23, Felipe Gomez del Campo had been to the White House, met President Barack Obama and had his startup judged by Mark Cuban. Now he operates it out of Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • The Chicago Inno Beat: The Big One

    We spy quite a few tech names on Crain's 20 in their 20's list, including BallotReady cofounders Aviva Rosman and Alex Niemczewski, Cleverbridge technical lead Steph Milovic, Seed CX cofounders Edward Woodford and Brian Liston, Albert.io cofounder/CEO Luke Liu, and FGC Plasma founder Felipe Gomez del Campo. Congrats! Read More

  • Keynoter tells DuPage business conference change is accelerating

    The DuPage County Regional Business Outlook event brings together local business owners, executives, government and education leaders to share insights on the regional and national economic landscape, as well as to discuss best practices and growing potential in today’s economy. Among the speakers was John Carlisle, … Read More

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

    Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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