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Meet Cyclotron Road’s Fourth Cohort of Entrepreneurial Technology Fellows

Comprising 13 doctorate-level scientists and engineers, these fellows will spend the next two years embedded at Berkeley Lab, advancing their technology innovations from promising concepts to first products. Their expertise ranges from clean power generation and electronics to materials science and manufacturing, and all share a desire to create positive societal impacts. More>

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Software for Particle Accelerators May Aid Efficient Energy Generation

A new finding could advance a type of solid state power generator, with broad potential for clean energy applications. Using Warp software, scientists found that electron reflection may have previously been misidentified in the study of thermionic energy converters, and that a certain type of electron reflection could be leveraged to increase power generation in these devices. More>

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Lab’s Etosha Cave Featured in Vanity Fair Entrepreneurship Article

Cyclotron Road’s Etosha Cave, co-founder of Opus 12 — a company that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels — is among those featured in an article that highlights women of color who are diversifying entrepreneurship. More>

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Cyclotron Road’s Iris PV Garners New Funding, Name Change

Iris PV has changed its name to Tandem PV and is gaining great momentum with recent funding wins, including nearly $1 million in grants. The Cyclotron Road project is now busily pursuing pilot projects based on its perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell. The materials’ printability could allow solar cells to be mass-produced cheaply. More>

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Cyclotron Road Startup Secures Seed Funding From Boeing

Cyclotron Road fellow Richard Wang, whose startup Cuberg enables safe, high-performance batteries for critical applications, has closed a second round of seed funding, led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures. This second round brings Cuberg’s total funding to $3.3 million in grant funding and investment to date. More>

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Cyclotron Road Fellows Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine

Etosha Cave (right), Nicholas Flanders, and Kendra Kuhl were included in the magazine’s list of “25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More” feature. The researchers — who are part of the Energy Technologies Area’s Cyclotron Road Division, which seeks to prepare energy technologies for the market — were recognized for their efforts to build reactors that trap greenhouse gas and convert it into compounds that are used to make plastics and liquid fuels. More>

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Etosha Cave Named a 7×7 ‘Hot 20’ Bay Area Innovator

7×7 Magazine recently recognized Opus 12 Chief Science Officer Etosha Cave of the Lab’s Cyclotron Road for her efforts to develop an industrial-scale reactor that has the power of 37,000 trees to upcycle carbon dioxide waste into useful (and profitable) fuels, chemicals, and plastics that are typically generated from petroleum. More>

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Entrepreneurial Researchers Invited to Apply for Cyclotron Road Fellowship

Cyclotron Road has opened applications for the next round of its fellowship program. Entrepreneurial Lab scientists, engineers, and postdocs are eligible to apply for the fellowship, which includes funding and mentorship from experienced industry experts and entrepreneurs. Applications are due Oct. 31. More>

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Join a Webinar to Learn More About Cyclotron Road Fellowships

Cyclotron Road provides two-year fellowships to support entrepreneurial scientists developing energy technologies based in the physical and biological sciences. The next application cycle is expected to open on Oct. 2. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up for a webinar on Sept. 6 or Sept. 20 to learn more.

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Lab’s Weitekamp ‘Thanks’ Taxpayers for Being Angel Investors

Cyclotron Road’s Raymond Weitekamp recently contributed a post on the blogging platform “Medium” thanking American taxpayers for being his angel investor. In reference to polySpectra, the spin-off company he helped found, Weitekamp wrote, “You took a big risk and it’s paying off.” polySpectra uses light-activated catalysts to 3D print advanced functional materials. More>

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