Cohort 3 Final Pitch Competition

February 7, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Building 240

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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. Program participants will receive financial and technical support needed to mature technologies to the proof-of-concept level. CRI’s Cohort 3 will be embedded at Argonne from July 2019 through June 2021.

For Cohort 3, 122 applications were submitted.  The semi-final pitch competition was held on January 10 with 19 teams that included 22 individual innovators.  The final pitch competition will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Finals are open to the public.

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1:00 p.m. –  1:20 p.m. Welcome Remarks
1:20 p.m. – 2:48 p.m.

Session 1: Energy Materials

10-minute pitch, followed by 10-minute Q/A, and 2 minutes for panelists to record notes

1:20 p.m. — Kazi Sadman & Katie Kollhoff (Ultra-High-Performance Water Treatment Sorbents)

1:42 p.m. — Yu Kambe (Direct Optical Lithography of Functional Inorganic Nanomaterials)

2:04 p.m. — Ryan Pearson & Matthew Ryan (Heat Reflective Coatings for Efficient Windows)

2:26 p.m. –- Gary Ong (Nanocomposites for Elevated Temperature Hydrogen Technologies)

2:48 p.m. –  3:10 p.m. Break/Panel Discussion
3:10 p.m. – 4:28 p.m.

Session 2: Advanced Manufacturing

10-minute pitch, followed by 10-minute Q/A, and 2 minutes for panelists to record notes


3:10 p.m. — Anouck Champsaur & Thomas Sisto (Long-Lifetime Organic Flow Battery)

3:22 p.m. — Khalid Alam (Freeze-dried Biosensors for Water Quality and the Energy-Water Nexus)

3:44 p.m. — Andy Schroedermeier (Electronics for Wide Bandgap Motor Drives)

4:06 p.m. — Kevin O’Connor (Dielectric Materials for High Density Capacitive Energy Storage)

4:28 p.m. Conclude



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