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  • Successful startup founder to lead entrepreneurship program at Argonne

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has named John Carlisle as the director of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), a program funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through its Advanced Manufacturing Office and aimed at accelerating job creation through … Read More

  • FGC Plasma CEO speaks at summit on Entrepreneurship in Mexico City

    CEO of FGC Plasma Systems, Felipe Gomez del Campo, spoke at the US Embassy in Mexico City as part of a series of innovation summits called On the Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will culminate Nov. 28 in India at the full summit. Read More

  • Atlas wins ocean-themed competition

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, made a big splash this month at Ocean Exchange when one of the companies in its first cohort took home the top prize for innovation. Read More

  • Science entrepreneurship competition with up to $420,000 award opens Sept. 5

    Building an energy or materials science technology is difficult. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) can help you do that by providing business planning and technical mentorship, up to $200,000 in a fellowship grant, and up to $220,000 to spend on research work at Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • August CRI Newsletter

    In this issue, learn about how Emergy is growing bio-designed carbon with improved properties, hear why the first cohort of innovators joined CRI, and sign up for a webinar where you can ask questions about the Sept. 5 opening of the application period for the second cohort.  Read More

  • Capstone and FGC Plasma Solutions to test new plasma combustion technology

    Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), a leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it has partnered with FGC Plasma Solutions to test a new plasma-assisted fuel injection technology in its C65 microturbine. FGC Plasma Solutions has engineered a fuel injection technology that incorporates plasma to better control combustion in jet engines and gas turbines. The technology enables more optimum operation of the engine as well as benefits from lower emissions, increased fuel flexibility and improved reliability. Read More

  • April 2017 CRI Newsletter

    Innovator spotlight on Ian Hamilton and his technology for a radioisotope battery that lasts 400 years and is cheaper and more efficient than today's nuclear batteries. CRI announces the selection of its first cohort and prepares to accept applications for the second cohort. Read More

  • Clean Energy Trust Challenge Accepting Applications Until Jan. 17

    The Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge is one of the nation’s largest fundraising events for energy tech startups. This is the eight year of the program and the third consecutive year that CET has committed to invest $1,000,000 in cleantech startups in the Midwest. The … Read More

  • CRI Announces First Cohort and Mentor Partners

    In an event today with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Senator Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory, announced the … Read More

  • CRI and Mission Innovation Highlighted at The Current Happy Hour

    Join us at The Current happy hour on Dec. 1 to hear the latest policy updates—particularly Mission Innovation, an initiative to double public investment in clean energy research and development. Learn about federal funding opportunities for your company, programs to help you partner with government … Read More

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  • Energy I-Corps program a springboard for one-time Argonne researcher turned entrepreneur

    Chad Husko and Jonathan Logan had just started in the National Science Foundation I-Corps site program at the University of Chicago Polsky Center when Argonne National Laboratory posted the opportunity to gain a place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy I-Corps training program. Husko, … Read More

  • Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations appoints first advisory council

    Lemont IL (May 8, 2019) — World-class energy leaders will offer their expertise to Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, as part of a new Advisory Council announced today. Argonne is operated … Read More

  • Five new innovators join Chain Reaction Innovations in third cohort

    Argonne helps innovators accelerate energy and science tech-to-market Lemont, IL (April 24, 2019) — Five new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program’s third cohort. Read More

  • CRI project aims to fill critical computing needs

    Research team from Chain Reaction Innovations Cohort 2 harnesses Center for Nanoscale Materials power to explore emerging materials for energy-efficient computing.   The demand for computing power continues to accelerate with each passing year as consumers grow ever more reliant on smart phones and the … Read More

  • Mesodyne Awarded a Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

    Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D Mesodyne, Inc has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,362 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a scalable photonic crystal fabrication process for mesoscale … Read More