New Group to Tackle Energy and Science Innovations

A handful of innovators will be joining an R&D program based at Argonne National Laboratory to explore revolutionary energy- and science-based technologies.

The five innovators picked from 120 applicants will make up the third cohort to join the Energy Department’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. The two-year effort is one example of the agency’s lab-embedded entrepreneurship programs that place innovators within DOE national labs to do research and receive mentorship and entrepreneurial training.

The program participants get a cost-of-living stipend, business development plan assistance and up to $220,000 to use on collaborative R&D at ANL.

The new cohort consists of:

  • Khalid K. Alam, co-founder and CEO of Stemloop, a synthetic biology startup unlocking the power of biological sensors
  • Yu Kambe, co-founder and CEO of NanoPattern Technologies, a company enabling advanced quantum dot display manufacturing
  • Katie Kollhoff, a chemical engineer and graduate student at Northwestern University who leads the NUMiX Materials team in business development, external partnerships and company management.
  • Kevin O’Connor, a Ph.D. who founded Caporus Technologies LLC to focus on the development and commercialization of novel thin-film dielectrics for high-energy density capacitors
  • Gary Ong, a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering whose doctoral research focused on ion transport materials.

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