News

January 31, 2018
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.Battery technology research has intensified in recent years, in a push to improve performance... Read more
December 5, 2017
Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders, and Etosha Cave 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... Read more
December 4, 2017
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. Read the full article:... Read more
April 28, 2017
Since 2014, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's startup incubator program, Cyclotron Road, has helped energy researchers survive the "valley of death" that claims many budding ideas in the field. The six projects from the first year collectively raised more than $18 million in additional research funding or private investments. The program will soon welcome its third cohort of innovators. This year's... Read more
February 28, 2017
Berkeley Lab scientist Jeff Long and students in his research lab had come up with exciting new materials for doing gas separations very efficiently, including materials for removing CO2 from a gas. The discovery had great potential as a technology to reduce energy use by the chemical separation industry, but finding an investor would be next to impossible. So they brought their project to... Read more
August 26, 2016
In its annual celebration of young innovators in August, 2016, MIT Technology Review recognized Opus 12 co-founder Kendra Kuhl for her work on designing a reactor that will convert the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants into useful chemicals.Opus 12 is a project of Cyclotron Road, an incubator for energy technologies.Read the full article at MIT Technology Review.... Read more
November 30, 2015
Two Cyclotron Road projects—one on thermionic energy conversion in collaboration with the Materials Sciences Division and one on green buildings in collaboration with two divisions in the Energy Technologies Area—were among 41 “transformational energy technology projects” awarded a total of $125 million by ARPA-E.Dan Riley and Jared Schwede are Cyclotron Road project leads developing a... Read more
November 24, 2015
The White House recently hosted leadership from some of the nation’s most innovative labs for a forum on “Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems with Federal Labs.” The forum highlighted a number of novel models that promote robust relationships between federal labs and industry, such as Cyclotron Road, housed at Berkeley Lab.... Read more
October 12, 2015
While women make up 48 percent of the workforce in the US, they hold only 24 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. About 40 percent of men with STEM college degrees work in STEM jobs, whereas only 26 percent of women with STEM degrees work in STEM jobs. STEM jobs pay well. STEM skills are also important for innovation. For America to become more competitive in... Read more
October 1, 2015
New Berkeley Lab program seeks scientists to commercialize the next breakthrough technology.Steven Kaye got his Ph.D. working on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), one of the most exciting materials in chemistry today and especially effective for separating gases. But nearly a decade after earning his degree, he saw that the science-to-product gap was still gaping: despite the discovery of thousands... Read more