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.
On March 15th, 2017, Cyclotron Road founder and executive director Ilan Gur and Cohort One alumna Etosha Cave presented at the second annual Near Future Summit in La Jolla, CA. Watch their full presentation below.
Brenna recently joined our team to lead Program Operations at Cyclotron Road. In this role, she will be working to manage and increase efficiency across our fellowship programs, including recruitment, selections, programming, and laboratory operations.
Based on Weitekamp's PhD research under Nobel Laureate Bob Grubbs at Caltech and two-years of development supported by Cyclotron Road, COR Alpha is a 3d printing resin that aims to fill an unmet need for rugged polymers in the additive manufacturing market.
Working so closely with our innovators allows us to gain insight to the critical institutional, educational, and financial gaps they face between concept and first product. Over the coming months we will be working with several partners to pilot a number of new initiatives that are designed to address the most severe of these gaps.
Cyclotron Road innovators can now access the labs and expertise of UC Berkeley faculty in driving their scientific research toward commercial products. A newly created Visiting Entrepreneurial Research Fellows program will let entrepreneurial scientists and engineers do applied research on UC Berkeley’s Campus in collaboration with faculty, while retaining rights to commercialize the resulting inventions.
Feasible, led by Cyclotron Road innovators Andrew Hsieh and Barry Van Tassell, was recently awarded $1,800,000 by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy to continue development of their acoustic battery diagnostic technique.
Adam is focused on the intersection of physical systems and computer control. His work has included engine control electronics for custom race cars, robotics, electric motor control, machine learning control for near-chaotic engine combustion. Adam earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and masters and bachelors degrees under full scholarship from The Cooper Union in New York City.
Prior to Nelumbo, Dave spent eight years in research and development, and engineering management roles for Cobalt Technologies, an international renewable chemicals and biofuels company. He spent over 10 years leading research teams in biosensing, power, and energy at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center. David holds a B.S. in materials science & engineering and B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.
David Bierman completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at MIT. There, he and team member Prof. Andrej Lenert (University of Michigan) developed a novel solar thermophotovoltaic converter that is capable of harnessing the entire solar spectrum for power generation. Their research helped revitalize the field and established the current world record for solar-to-electrical conversion efficiency for this technology.
Jessica Morrison began developing micromirror-based lighting architectures while earning a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University. After graduating in 2016, she worked as a postdoc in the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) NSF Engineering Research Center, where she focused on dynamic free-space optical communications using microelectromechanical systems. She also holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Cincinnati.
Joe founded Photia to enable rapid manufacturing of advanced materials for energy applications using holographic lithography. Prior to Photia, Joe was an engineer at the company Rolith, where he made key contributions to the development of Rolling Mask Lithography, a method for making two-dimensional nanostructured coatings. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics from Penn State.
Lance received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2014. Following his doctorate work he was a visiting scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and, most recently, a postdoc at a joint venture between UC Berkeley and the National University of Singapore. There, he led a research and development and manufacturing teams to reinvent the air conditioner for efficient operation in tropical climates.
Lauren holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience in optics, nanofabrication, and materials, and has built devices including sensors, solar cells, and hard drive heads. Laminera is developing industrial manufacturing methods for synthetic metals, with applications in energy and digital memory. Lauren also holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in physics and mathematics from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.
Sarah earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and a Ph.D. in human genetics and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2011. As Chief Scientific Officer of Microbyre she leads the construction of genomic toolkits for non-model prokaryotes. Trained in both computational and molecular biology, she brings a unique perspective on the emerging technologies enabled by “synthetic” biology.
Supriya holds bachelors and masters degrees in physics from the University of Oxford, a masters degree in atomic physics and a Ph.D. in engineering physics from the University of Virginia, and professional qualifications in business and finance from University of California, San Diego. In 2015 Supriya was elected to SPIE Senior Member for distinction and honors in optics and photonics. She was listed on SPIE’s 2016 Women in Optics.
Vince received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley, with a focus on heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and energy & resources. Prior to Cyclotron Road, he was a mechanical engineer and research scientist at Otherlab where he was the project lead on a hybrid solar photovoltaic and thermal system. Prior to Otherlab, Vince worked with Abengoa Research on advanced heat transfer fluids, properties, and chemistries.
Andrew is an expert in electrochemistry, materials science, and characterization. During his Ph.D., Andrew developed novel graphene-TiO2 anodes for Li-ion batteries. As a postdoc, Andrew led two ARPA-E funded projects and co-invented Feasible’s ultrasonic battery analysis technology. Andrew holds a Ph.D. in chemical and materials engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from UCLA.
Barry is an expert in hardware-software interfaces. During his Ph.D, he designed and built automated systems for materials synthesis and reactive spray deposition of battery electrodes. He has also built automated rigs for electrochemical testing and custom software for image and data analysis. He holds a Ph.D. from The City College of New York and a B.S. from the University of Buffalo, both in chemical engineering.
Chris has a breadth of operational experience and expertise, specifically in intellectual property and finance. Chris was the principle investigator and directed research and operations for Mallinda’s successfully completed 2016 Phase I NSF SBIR award. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Colin published seminal papers on perovskite tandem solar cells with his academic adviser Michael McGehee during graduate school. He has won numerous awards for his work and efforts to commercialize this technology, most recently being named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy and to the inaugural Slavin fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford and a B.S in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M.
Cofounder and managing director Chris Eberspacher is a pioneer in the development of efficient thin-film PV materials. He served as chief technology officer at SoloPower Systems, directed global PV R&D activities at Hanwha, and led global implementation of SunFab technology at Applied Materials. Eberspacher earned a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University and a BS in physics from the University of Texas.
Peter has devoted the last 10 years to advanced materials R&D. His background in self-assembly and hybrid organic/inorganic materials gives him a unique skill set for tackling long-standing energy storage problems. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Würzburg and holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.
Philip's graduate work laid the foundation for Mallinda’s novel thermosets and composites, which won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Colorado in 2014. He was the entrepreneurial lead for Mallinda in the NSF’s I-Corps program. Prior to graduate school, Philip worked for three years in new product R&D at Avery Dennison. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and a B.S. from UC Santa Cruz, both in chemistry.
Richard worked as a graduate student under Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University for the past four years. As a student, he managed a team of over 15 students on the SCI-Arc/Caltech Solar Decathlon team and advised the Stanford Solar Decathlon team to compete in the DOE’s solar-powered house competition. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Caltech.
Zachary has been developing fundamental synthetic biology technologies since 2006. His graduate work on a cell-free prototyping environment forms the basis for Synvitrobio. Zachary is a NDSEG Fellow, a DARPA Rising participant, and part of the UCLA/Caltech NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Caltech, an A.B. in chemical and physical biology from Harvard, and is a M.D. candidate (on leave) at UCLA.
Ilan founded Cyclotron Road to bridge a gap he observed in energy technology innovation over the past decade. Before launching the program, he served as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, he managed a $50 million portfolio of advanced R&D projects in the areas of energy storage, solar energy, and advanced materials. He was also a senior advisor and cofounder of ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market program, aimed at maximizing the commercial and societal impact of the agency's breakthrough R&D portfolio. Prior to ARPA-E, Ilan launched two venture-backed clean energy startups based on advanced materials and novel manufacturing approaches. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Email: ilan [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Dane Boysen Managing Director, Technology and Mentorship
Dane is dedicated to mentoring our cohort teams through critical technology challenges. Prior to Cyclotron Road, he was Executive Director of Research Operations at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Before GTI, he served as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he managed over $100 million spread over 30 of the nation’s most cutting-edge energy technology research and development projects. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Boysen led an $11 million project to develop liquid metal batteries for grid-scale energy storage under Professor Don Sadoway at MIT. This work led to the founding of the venture-backed start-up Ambri. In 2004, Boysen co-founded Superprotonic Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up developing solid acid electrolyte-based fuel cells. Boysen received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science at Caltech.
Email: dane [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Matt Price Managing Director, Partnerships
Before joining Cyclotron Road, Matt was a Vice President at Enlighted Inc. the leading wireless sensor network and lighting controls manufacturer for commercial and industrial buildings. Prior to joining Enlighted in 2011, Matt was a Principal at Nth Power, where he led investments in a broad range of energy and cleantech areas including materials and nanotechnology, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced lighting, and smart grid technologies. Matt is Kauffman Fellow and received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. While at Haas, he co-founded the Berkeley Energy Resource Collaborative (BERC). He holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.
Email: matt [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Jeff Anderson Managing Director, Operations
Jeff has extensive experience in creating and growing organizations that accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies. Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, he was a Managing Director of CalCEF, where he focused on programs to organize and scale innovation ecosystems. He also served as the founding President of CalCharge, a groundbreaking public-private consortium to catalyze the deployment of new energy storage technologies. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Energy. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University, a Master of Laws degree in Environmental and Energy law (LL.M.) from Pace University School of Law, and a law degree (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. As an undergraduate, he attended Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in international relations.
jeff [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Sebastien Lounis Co-founder and Managing Director, Communications
Sebastien joined Ilan to launch Cyclotron Road in July 2014 and has been deeply involved in building and growing the program since its inception. Prior to Cyclotron Road, he completed a Ph.D. in applied science and technology at U.C. Berkeley, where he studied the interaction of nanomaterials with light. While at Berkeley, he was co-president of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), an organization connecting over 3,000 students, faculty, and industry members around programing and events related to energy innovation. He also served as Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Science Review, where he led a team of writers, editors, and designers telling stories about breakthrough research coming out of the university. Sebastien also holds B.S. degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Email: sebastien [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Nicole Systrom Managing Director, Development
Nicole is passionate about growing support for early stage clean technology innovators and facilitating investments for climate impact. In her roles at Cyclotron Road, PRIME Coalition, and as a member of the Energy Foundation's Board of Directors, Nicole develops programs to increase the capacity of foundations, family offices, and seed investors to support ventures that mitigate climate change and contribute to a more sustainable energy system, with both charitable and for-profit investment dollars. She has published work on facets of clean energy ranging from gaps in the hard technology innovation ecosystem to state energy policy. Nicole earned an MBA/M.S. in Environment and Resources from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Earth Systems, also from Stanford University.
Email: nicole [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Beth Zotter Technology Economics
Beth has a decade of experience developing the technical and market potential of new energy technologies. Before joining Cyclotron Road, Beth was an R&D manager for BAL, Inc., a bioenergy venture supported by ARPA-e and DuPont. She has worked with a number of energy startups to design technology cost and performance models to guide business and R&D strategy, and has helped federal manufacturing programs evaluate investments in R&D project portfolios. Beth has an M.S. in energy and resources from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard.
Email: beth [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Melanie Miller Laboratory Operations
Melanie has been providing operational support to scientific programs at Berkeley Lab for over 10 years. She manages and organizes a diverse array of business services including event coordination, travel, procurement and HR. Before joining Cyclotron Road, she was part of the Materials Sciences Division operations team and worked with the Helios SERC and JCAP programs. Melanie has also supported an undergraduate lab internship program, directed youth art and recreation programs, and worked as a special education teacher. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Email: msmiller2 [at] lbl [dot] gov
Brenna Teigler Program Operations
Brenna is committed to directing and increasing the efficiency of program operations. Prior to Cyclotron Road, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). During her two-year fellowship, she was a project manager for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and Technology-to-Market Program where she spearheaded an effort called Build4Scale to develop manufacturing training for hardware innovators. Brenna has a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard and a BS in Physics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Email: brenna [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Nikhil Gargeya Partnerships
Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, Nikhil spent 3 years with Siemens TTB (now next47), a corporate venturing organization, where he worked on strategic engagements with startups touching energy and industry verticals. Nikhil holds a B.S. in environmental science from the College of Natural Resources (CNR) at U.C. Berkeley. He stays involved in local efforts through work with solar non-profit GRID Alternatives, the local Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) chapter, and the CNR alumni board.
nikhil [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Jeanne Dittman Nonprofit Business Manager
Jeanne has over eighteen years’ experience working in the nonprofit and public sector. Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, she was the Program Officer for the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, Director of Grants Administration at Cal State East Bay (CSUEB), and served as director, associate director, and program officer of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the San Jose State University Research Foundation (SJSURF). Jeanne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and a two-year Professional Development Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication.
Email: jeanne [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Mary Catherine O'Connor Staff Writer
Mary Catherine is focused on bringing the work of Cyclotron Road fellows, and the program's mission to support and empower them, to a wider audience. Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, she spent 15 years reporting on environmental issues, technology, and recreation as an independent journalist and staffer for trade magazines. Her work has appeared in publications including Outside, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Pacific Standard, and Wired. She also co-founded Climate Confidential, an ad-free, reader-supported online magazine dedicated to deepening the conversation about people, businesses, and society reckoning with climate change.
Email: mc [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Kelliane Parker Administrative Support
Kelliane Parker spent over 30 years in the cosmetic industry in sales and marketing management. In addition to her role at Cyclotron Road she is currently teaching Beauty Product Merchandising and Fashion Public Relations at the Academy of Art University.
Email: kparkerlam [at] lbl [dot] gov
Mateo Jaramillo, Executive-in-Residence
Jaramillo is working with the Cyclotron Road team to define a new EIR program while while he explores new projects in the electric power sector. Prior to Cyclotron Road, he was VP of Products and Programs for Tesla Energy at Tesla Motors, where he was responsible for policy, business development, and product management for the company's grid connected energy storage products. Prior to Tesla, Jaramillo was chief operating officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, a pioneering distributed energy storage firm. He has an A.B. in economics from Harvard and a masters in theology from Yale. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.