ORNL 2018 Technology Innovation Showcase

ORNL is hosting a Technology Innovation Showcase on Thursday, October 18 to highlight eight technologies that have significant commercial potential.

The showcase will consist of a series of technical presentations in the morning, a lunchtime networking event, and opportunities for research laboratory tours, ORNL facility tours, and one-on-one business discussions in the afternoon.  The showcase is open to the public, but registration is required and seating is limited.

2018 Technologies:

  • Heartbeat – Cyber Anomaly Detection through Side-Channel Analysis of Periodic System Function Invocation [summaryvideo]
  • Carbon Nanomaterial Enabled Ultra Conductive Metal Composites (UCC) [summaryvideo]
  • Low-Cost, High Strength Ni-Fe-Cr Alloys for High-Temperature Applications [summaryvideo]
  • Commercialization of High-Temperature Aluminum Alloys [summaryvideo]
  • Safe Impact Resistant Electrolytes (SAFIRE) [summaryvideo]
  • A Novel Catalyst for the Synthesis of Electrochemical Fuels [summaryvideo]
  • Novel Catalyst for Low Temperature Emissions Control [summary]
  • Used (spent) Nuclear Fuel Management and Analysis Tool [summary]

Spotlight on Lux Semiconductors and flexible silicon wafers

(NOTE: This is the first article in a five-part series spotlighting the work of the second cohort of start-ups comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Innovation Crossroads” initiative. They arrived in the area in May to begin their two-year effort to further advance their early stage energy-focuses companies. Teknovation.biz will be running one article each week on these innovative companies.)

By: Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

“We’re making a flexible version of the silicon wafer,” Shane McMahon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lux Semiconductors, says of the technology that he is advancing as part of the second cohort in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) “Innovation Crossroads” program.

As most readers no doubt know, silicon is the primary platform for semiconductor devices, and a wafer is a thin slice of this semiconductor material that serves as the substrate for microelectronic devices built in and over the wafer.

“The silicon wafer is currently serving as the foundation for over 90 percent of electronic devices,” McMahon explains. “It’s been a critical platform for device manufacturers.”

That said, the young entrepreneur says that “the electronics industry is now entering a new era, one that demands ultra-thin and flexible devices with more functionality and at lower cost. The silicon wafer is thick, fragile, size restricted, expensive, and can no longer meet all modern demands.”

Lux, led by McMahon and Co-Founder Graeme Housser, will deliver a new class of semiconductor substrates, ones that are flexible, large area, and low cost, to serve as a next generation platform.

Read more here!

Gary Rawlings joins ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads team

(Originally published: Teknovation.biz)

(If you’re interested in joining the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council as a mentor, click here.)

A well-known player in two of the Launch Tennessee-supported mentor networks has an additional assignment as of today.

Gary Rawlings begins a part-time role as a Technology Consultant working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) “Innovation Crossroads” start-ups.

“We’ve known Gary for several years and have always been impressed with his knowledge and experience in both the corporate and start-up realms,” says Tom Rogers, ORNL’s Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development. “As we’ve grown ‘Innovation Crossroads’ to eight companies and have opened applications for six more, he’ll be a great addition to our team.”

Rawlings and his wife moved to Murfreesboro in early 2015 to be closer to two of their three children who live there. Prior to that, he had spent his weeks commuting seven hours each way from their home in Greensboro, NC to Columbus, OH where Rawlings served for six years as Vice President for Commercialization at TechColumbus, the non-profit now known as Rev1 Ventures. That work followed a more than three-decade corporate career that included nearly 24 years with Monsanto.

The Houston TX native is a mentor in programs operated by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council’s and Life Science Tennessee with support from Launch Tennessee. Rawlings also serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Cumberland Emerging Technologies in Nashville.

ORNL, UT technologies included in latest “R&D 100 Awards” finalists

(Originally published on Teknovation.biz)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee (UT) are among finalists that R&D Magazine has just announced for its annual “R&D 100 Awards.”

At times described as the equivalent of the Academy Awards, the recognition, now in its 56th year, have long been considered the most globally prestigious recognition of invention and innovation. The awards recognize 100 of the top innovations across five categories: analytical/test, IT/electrical, mechanical devices/materials, process/prototyping, and software/services.

The finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges representing R&D leaders in a variety of fields.

ORNL was named as the primary or sole developer on six of the recognized technologies and was a co-developer on two more including something named the “Mobile Universal Grid Analyzer” where UT was the primary developer.

Read more here.

Innovation Crossroads hosting series of webinars for interested cohort three applicants

Innovation Crossroads, an ORNL program that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with experts and mentors in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace, will soon be opening up applications for cohort three.

But before that happens, Innovation Crossroads leaders are hosting a series of webinars to educate interested applicants in what the program offers.

Through an annual call, up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to transform their ideas into energy and advanced manufacturing companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Innovators will receive a fellowship that covers living costs, benefits and a travel stipend for up to two years, plus substantial funding to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL.

Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Must have PhD or equivalent experience
  • Must be focused on energy or manufacturing innovation
  • Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on Department of Energy missions
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area
  • Must be US citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application

Some key dates to keep in mind:

  • September 6, 2018: Cohort 3 Applications Open
  • September 6, 2018: Cohort 3 Informational Webinar
  • October 4, 2018: Cohort 3 Informational Webinar
  • October 29, 2018: Cohort 3 Applications Close
  • May 2019: Cohort 3 Onboarding

Click here for more information.