Semi-Finalists Chosen For CRI’s Cohort 7

Thirty individuals comprising 28 startup technologies were chosen to advance to the semi-finals and compete to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ (CRI) Cohort 7. A broad range of energy innovations are represented in this year’s applicants, including energy storage and generation, water, decarbonization, circular economy, quantum, manufacturing, vehicle technologies and materials.

Responding to a nation-wide call for proposals, applications were submitted by November 30th. After reviews by CRI staff and Argonne scientists to narrow the field, the semi-finalists were chosen.

The semifinalists will pitch their startups’ technologies in a 30-minute interview to a review panel over five days during the first two weeks of February. From this group, finalists will be chosen to pitch at the finals competition on March 29, 2023.

Cohort 7 Semi-Finalists

Narciso De Jesus Aguilar, Hydrogen Operating System for Electric Vehicle

Shantonio Birch, Augmented Space Heating & Cooling

Amin Espah Borujeni, Upcycling Food Waste to High-Value Sugar Polymers

David Brost, Human-Centered Machine Learning Algorithm for Utilities and Households

Terence Collier, Enabling CO2 Recycling to Hydrocarbons Fuels Using 3D Nanoparticles

Revanth Damerla, Grasp Robotics – Robotic Hand with Human Hand Capabilities

Mert Esencan, Quantum Computing Software for Large Discrete Optimization

Tim Fairley-Wax, Biomembrane Filtration: Unlocking Energy Recovery from Waste Streams 

Juan Guzman, Transforming Biobased Chemicals into Sustainable Petroleum Alternatives

Brittany Kendrick, Hydronomy Inc

Berk Diler Kovos, SynthBits: Illuminating Designer Quantum Bits for Sensing

John Krzeminski, REV force – Technology to Decarbonize and Reduce Engine Emissions

Joun Lee, A Low-Cost Denitrification Unit for US Community Water Systems

Julie Ming Liang, Bacterial Secretion for High Efficiency Protein Production

Drew Lilley, Zero Global Warming Potential Refrigeration and Heat Pumping

Alexis Noelli Pena & Lauren Blake, Man-Made Bioengineered Protein-Based Fibers to Replace Petroleum-Derived Textiles

Cory Perkins, Low-Cost Materials and Processes for Coating Glass Used in Solar Markets

Mason Rodriguez Rand & Kevin O’Sullivan, Recycling of Molten Salts in Pyroprocessing for Advanced Nuclear

Rawand Rasheed, Retrofit Dehumidifier for Substantial Air Conditioner Energy Reduction

Aaron Rose, A Reactor to Accelerate Silicate Mineralization

Tim Ritter, High Entropy Materials for High-Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries

Kanav Setia, Cloud-Based Platform for Quantum Simulations

Priyanka G. Singh, Fully Integrated Process for Capture of CO2 from Flue Gas and its Conversion to Green Ethylene

Kevin James Speina, Using technology for the Valorization and Utilization of Food Waste

Laura Stoy, Recycling of Coal Fly Ash for Rare Earths and Concrete

Patrick Sullivan, Safe, Sustainable, and Affordable Flux XII Flow Battery

Husam Wadi, Cognizance Operation At-The-Wire in Distributed Energy Resources

Peng Yi, Equal Water


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