Semifinalists chosen from record number of applicants for Cohort 4

Semifinalists have been chosen to advance in the competition to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ (CRI’s) Cohort 4.  In September and October 2019, a record-breaking 156 applications were submitted in CRI’s annual call for entries.  After reviews from staff and the CRI Scientific Review Board to narrow the field, 36 applicants were chosen to participate in semifinals.

Semifinalists will present their technology in a series of 30-minute presentations via webinar, conducted during early January 2020. Approximately 18-20 finalists will pitch at Argonne National Laboratory in the Finals Pitch Competition on February 18, 2020. Finals will be open to the public as well as available to watch via livestream.

Congratulations to Cohort 4 Semifinalists

Matthew Ackerman

High-operating temperature infrared photodetector array for machine vision


Jyoti Agrawal

Quantitative X-ray detector (QDeX)


Caleb Alexander

Fast, flexible, forever Na-ion conducting membrane for high-energy Na-air batteries


Arsheen Allam

Low-cost innovative graphene-based solutions


Eric Anschuetz & Pranav Gokhale

Quantum algorithms for smart grid optimization, molecular simulation, and machine learning


AbdulRaheem Bello

Associated gas power generator


Bhavin Bhayani

Paper mill waste processing to produce high value biopolymers


Stanton Cady

Dynamic distribution automation control


Karin Calvinho

Renewable monoethylene glycol (R-MEG)


Brendan Dooher

Advanced non-delaminating woven 3-dimensional composite


Kamran Forghani

Next generation GaN electronics on synthetic diamond


Thomas Foulkes & Garrett Meyer

Scalable, nanostructured coatings for direct immersion cooling of server electronics


Robert Gustafson

Thin-film tandem solar panels


Folim Halaka

Novel lysis and extraction instruments for biofuel production from algae


Gregory Hutchings

Electrochemical platform for two-step conversion of carbon waste to chemicals


Margaret Kocherga

Materials for single-layer OLEDs


Jonathan Logan

SonicSight: Acoustic leak detection system


Vinod Nair

Solid state sodium ion batteries for grid energy storage


Zarek Newman

Solid state wind generator


Christopher Passolano & Leon Shaw

High energy, high power, long cycle life Si-based rechargeable batteries


Siddique Ali Khateeb Razack

Phase change composite material for heat sink and thermal management applications


Thomas Roberts

Mu*STAR – Carbon-free energy to power the world


Pavlo Rudenko

Anisotropic nanoflakes for smart coatings, composites, catalysts and metamaterials


Carol Scarlett

Chip scale, quantum random number generator


Gilbert Staffend

Convergent refrigeration with fan replacement


Philip Stuckey

Thermoelectrolytic hybrid device operating on low-grade waste heat


Yuriy Tolmachev

Low-cost high-specific-energy flow battery for vehicles and the grid


Harutyun Vardanyan

IML Graphene based Li-ion battery cells of electric vehicles


Cesar Villa

High energy nanocomposite materials for energy storage applications


Daniel Vissers

Safe, affordable, ultra-high-energy density battery


Ashten Vogelsberg & Shun Wan

Advanced additive manufacturing techniques for fabricating lithium-Ion microbatteries


Frank Wang

High-efficiency low-cost proton exchange membrane electrolyzer for hydrogen production

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