Semi-finalists Chosen for CRI’s Cohort 8

Twenty-eight individuals with a wide range of startup technologies were chosen to advance to the semi-finals and compete to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ (CRI) Cohort 8. A broad range of innovations are represented in this year’s applicants, including energy generation and distribution, bioremediation, anti-fouling, mineralization, solar and mechanical innovations, quantum, catalysis and electrolysis.

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

The semifinalists will virtually pitch their startups’ technologies in a 30-minute interview to a review panel over five days February 28th through March 8th. From this group, finalists will be chosen to pitch at the finals competition on April 12th, 2024 to be held in-person at Argonne National Laboratory.

Cohort 8 Semi-Finalists

Tyler Adams, Color Changing Films for Smart Windows and Solar Energy Storage

Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, Integrating Luminescent Solar Concentrators in Building Photovoltaics

Brittanie Dabney, Characterizing Food Waste Byproducts for Biomaterials Synthesis

Jordan  DeVries, Ex-situ Carbon Mineralization with Magnesium Chloride

Berk Diler Kovos, SynthBits: Illuminating Designer Qubits for All

Onur Ergen, Accelerate SiC Production with Quantum Phonon Engineering

Angela Feldhaus, Levitating Platforms for Near Space Applications

Haining Gao, Hybrid Solid-Liquid Cathode to Boost Lithium Primary Battery Energy

Jinkyu Han, Non-woven Micro-Denier Carbon Felt and MCMB via Molten Salts

Natarianto Indrawan, Atmospheric Clean Ammonia Production

Karl Jantze, Thermoacoustic Energy Generation for U.S. Heavy Industry

Michael Kio, Development of Amphiphilic and Hydrogel-Based Fouling Release Coating

Bennett Lee, Breakthrough Grid-scale Storage Application

Austin McKee, High-Efficiency Electrolyzer for Nitrate-to-Ammonia Conversion

Quantum Crystal, Universal Quantum Computing Using Electron on Neon Qubits

Shalmalee Pandit, Cleaning Water with Baker’s Yeast

Nathan Petersen, Bearingless Motors for Sustainable High-Speed Machinery

Jhana Porter, Conversion of Biobased Overage Streams into High-value Polymer Bioproducts

Tim Ritter, High Entropy Solid Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

Raha Saremi, Agricultural waste Conversion into Sustainable and Green Textiles.

Charles Scoma III, Voltsensa – Deep Analytics to Transform the Electric Distribution Grid

Ying Sun, Phytomining for Extraction of Critical Metals from Soil and Mine Waste

Mokshin Suri, Modular Electrolyzers for Methane to Liquids Transformation

Scott Ryan Svadlenak, Validation of Economic Viability of a Novel Process to Upcycle PVC Waste

Rafael Vilá, Sodium-ion Active Materials for EV Applications

Tim Vosburgh, Commercializing Zinc-ion Batteries

Medhi Zadshir, A Coupled Solar-geothermal HVAC System with Passive Heat Exchanging

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