Semi-finalists Chosen for Cohort 5

Thirty-two individuals comprising 29 startups were chosen to advance to the semi-finals and compete to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ Cohort 5. A broad range of energy innovations are represented in this year’s applicants, including building technologies, quantum information systems, manufacturing, materials, energy storage and renewable energy.

Responding to a call for proposals, 177 applications were collected by the October 31 deadline. After reviews by CRI staff and Argonne scientists to narrow the field, the semi-finalists were chosen.

The 32 semi-finalists will present their startups’ technology in a series of 30-minute webinars to a review panel over five days during the first two weeks of December. From this group, approximately 15-18 finalists will be chosen to pitch at the final competition on February 9. Finals will be available to watch via Zoom.

Congratulations to Cohort 5 Semifinalists

Caleb Alexander, Fast, Flexible, Scalable Na-ion Membrane for a High Energy Na-Air Battery

Arsheen Allam, Graphene-based Capacitative Deionization Water Filtration Technology

Jose Bahamonde, Gas sensors for hazardous leak monitoring

Abdul Raheem Bello, Jet Engine for Hydrogen Aircraft

Chris Brown, Sensor to System Pre-Calibration Technique

Claudiu Bucur, Safe, Solid State Battery with 2x Energy Density of Commodity Li-ion

Gregory Cooper, Design of Graded Index Lenses

David Darwin, Molten Rock Casting

Aaron Fitzgerald, Renewable Acrylonitrile via Nitrilation

Nathan Frey & Christopher Price, Atomic AI

Gregory Houchins, Carbon Free Electrochemical Synthesis of Portland Cement

Alexey Galda, Quantum Simulators and Algorithms

Tommy Gibbons, Energy-efficient, Carbon-negative, Bio-based Insulation

Jinkyu Han, Next generation anode for Lithium Ion battery

Kyu Bum Han, Novel Hybrid Porous Composite for Selective Capture of Heavy and Valuable Metal Ions from Wastewater

Kwaku Jyamfi & Stefano Alva, FTF Biomass Electricity Generator: The Universal Biomass Solution

Sanza Kazadi, Entrochemical Systems Technology

Lawrence Kearns, Portable Modular Platform for Solar Power Generation

Abdul Khan, Fiber Reinforced Ultra Lightweight Foamed Cement Based Fireproof Modular Homes

Phillip Martineau, Electroactive Polymer Power Cycle

Scott Massey, Plant Photomorphogenesis using Adaptive Multispectral LED Arrays in a Rotary Aeroponic Cultivation Chamber (RACC)

Rick Myers, Acoustic Quality Control for Ultrasonic Welding

Stephen Newton, Multi-Stage Counter Rotating Electric Ducted Fan Propeller Replacement for Vertical Flight

Niall O’Dowd, Optical in-situ Monitoring for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Elizabeth Rasmussen & Zachary Andres, Smart, Scalable and Sustainable Synthesis of Porous Nanomaterials using Continuous Flow Supercritical Phase Carbon Dioxide

Alexis Schoenefeld, New Sustainable Building Materials

Osi Van Dessel, Submersed Pumped Hydro Storage

Masanobu Yamamoto, Time-Correlated Single Photon Spectroscopy by Sub-ns photon Sensing and Multi-wavelength Laser Modulation

Hongjun Zeng, High Performance Carbon Nanotube Composite Materials for Energy Related Applications


Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year program for innovators focusing on energy and science technologies. Through an annual call for innovators, four to six teams will be selected to join CRI. Program participants will receive the financial and technical support needed to perform early-stage research and development (R&D) that may launch energy or manufacturing businesses in the future.


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