In 2003 Lab researchers Nitash Balsara and Hany Eitouni were developing an electroresponsive polymer that turned out to be not such a good artificial muscle, their original goal, but an excellent basis for a battery electrolyte—so good, in fact, that it was commercialized and recently acquired by Bosch. More>
One key difference between a technology that stays in the lab and one that reaches the marketplace is customer interest. In Episode 1 of “Who Will Buy My App?” the Lab’s MyGreenCar team gets ready to step outside the lab and test their fuel economy app’s value to consumers in a scientific way. This first of six films captures the ups and downs of the customer discovery process through DOE’s Lab-Corps Program.
IPO selected two teams for DOE’s Lab-Corps Program: MyGreenCar (Sam Saxena, Nihar Shah, Dana Hansen) and Ring Burner (Peter Therkelsen, Mike Tucker, Vi Rapp). Based on NSF’s I-Corps™, Lab-Corps helps researchers move energy-related technologies to the marketplace. More>
Private industry can more easily take advantage of Lab resources via CalCharge, a unique public-private partnership uniting California’s battery technology companies with academic and government resources. Venkat Srinivasan will discuss next-generation batteries at the AAAS conference on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. More>
Battery scientist Nitash Balsara has worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Now he believes he has found the answer in a most unlikely material—a class of compounds that has mainly been used for industrial lubrication. His startup is called Blue Current. More>
Lab researchers can access Lux market research reports for use in grant applications, presentations, and commercialization plans through the Innovation and Partnerships Office’s subscription. Contact Bill Shelander (x4810) to request a report. More>
As one of its lab-to-market support services, the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) will manage Lab entrepreneurial research teams’ participation in DOE’s new Lab-Corps program. The application process opens in early 2015. E-mail email@example.com to sign up for Lab-Corps and other program updates. More>
Sharing research information or materials soon? Submit Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) requests by Friday, Dec. 12, to get the process started before shutdown. Otherwise, requests will be handled in 2015. Send requests to Cindy Chang (x2306).
The $2.3 million pilot program will accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies the National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector. More>
By manipulating a plant’s metabolic pathways, JBEI’s Henrik Scheller and Dominique Loqué, have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression, while at the same time boosting expression to very high levels. More>