Cohort 8 Finals


Cohort 8 Finals Recordings

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Event Details

Tune in to Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) Finals Pitch Competition for Cohort 8. Learn about cutting-edge technologies that may potentially embed at Argonne National Laboratory as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program.

After a nationwide call for applications and a rigorous review process, 12 individuals advanced to the Finals pitch competition to join CRI’s next cohort. A broad range of innovations are represented in this year’s applicants, including energy storage, decarbonization, circular economy, quantum, manufacturing, and advanced materials.

Finals Agenda

The 13 startup founders will pitch their technology from 9 – 5 p.m. Central, April 12th at Argonne National Laboratory. The public is invited to watch this event virtually. Use this link to join the Zoom webinar.

Download the calendar invitation.


Thanks to Constellation for sponsoring the CRI Finals.

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Onur Ergen, Accelerate SiC Production with Quantum Phonon Engineering

Angela Feldhaus, Self-levitating Near Space Platforms for Atmospheric Sensing and Telecommunications

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

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

Berk Diler Kovos, SynthBits: Illuminating Designer Qubits for All

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 Advanced Batteries

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

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

Rafael Vilá, Sodium-ion Active Materials for EV Applications


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