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Innovation Transfer Grants

Funding Year Name Description Team Members
2019 Spr PeroPure PeroPure has developed a portable, electrochemical hydrogen peroxide generating water purification device with the goal of deploying it in the developing world as a reliable and scalable solution for low-cost, clean energy water purification.

Zhihua Chen (PhD Chemistry), Shucheng Chen (PhD Chem E), Fan Yang (PhD AA, University of Illinois), Prof. Tom Jaramillo (Chem E, PI)

2019 Spr ReSource ReSource’s goal is to produce economically competitive commodity plastics using CO2 as the carbon source. The team has invented a chemical technology to produce FDCA from waste biomass and CO2 that enables drastic cost and GHG reduction.

Aanindeeta Banerjee (PhD, Post doc, Chemistry), Amy Frankhouser (PhD, Chemistry), Prof. Matthew Kanan (Chemistry, PI)

2019 Spr Suryodaya Suryodaya developed and are deploying a new high-performance and affordable solar drying system for chili farmers in India. Their goal is to pilot a drying-as-a-service busines

Michael Machala (PhD MSE, Post Doc ERE), Andrey Poletayev (PhD MSE), Frederick Tan (BS ME), Rushil Prakash (MBA GSB, MS E-IPER), Prof. Sally Benson (ERE, PI)

2019 Spr LaderaTech LaderaTech's goal is to adapt, optimize and deploy biomimetic and environmentally-benign fire retardant mobilization agent(s), enabling preventative treatments on landscapes at high risk fire areas.

Anthony C. Yu (PhD MSE). Jesse Acosta, Prof. Eric Appel (MSE/PI)

2019 Spr Nitricity Nitricity is developing a device that produces carbon-free, low-cost ammonia using a novel metal-cycling process.

Joshua McEnaney (Post Doc, Chem E), Nico Pinkowski (PhD, ME), Brian Rohr (PhD Chem E), Prof. Thomas Jaramillo (Chem E/PI)

2019 Spr WindBorne WindBorne is developing balloons which fly 60 times longer than usual and fill gaps underserved by existing atmospheric data tech.

Paige Brown (BS MSE), Kai Marshland (MS MS&E) John Dean (MS EE), and Andrey Sushko, Prof. John Pauly (EE)

2019 Spr 12 Tides 12 Tides aim to develop high-value consumer product applications for seaweed that will help drive the industry forward.

Team: Pat Schnettler (MBA), Prof. Harikesh Nair (GSB)

2019 Spr HighTide HighTide quantifies the financial and socioeconomic impacts of climate-driven natural disasters to generate actionable information on asset climate risk.

Arnav Mariwala, (BS Phys, MS GeoPhys) Ian Bick (MS CEE), and Adrian Santiago Tate (PhD GeoPhys), Professor Jenny Suckale (GeoPhys)

2019 Spr ReGen Partners ReGen proposes to collect seed from the remaining wild groves of the Moringa peregrina tree, start a domestication program in Baja, Mexico, and be the first to produce it at commercial scale in 1400 years.

Neal Spackman(MSx), Prof. Hau Lee (GSB)

2018 Fall Frost.d The Frost.d unit provides ice sellers with a reliable, energy efficient way to store ice.

Maya Ambady (BA Hum Bio), Kaitlyn Olah, (BS Product Design, MS ME),    Quint Underwood (MS EE), Ganesh Ramakrishnan (MBA GSB), Prof. Jim Patell, GSB (PI)

2017 Fall FullMoon FullMoon has built a chemical sensor that is selective to chemicals of interest (especially methane), capable of detecting different gases, while simultaneously being inexpensive and not requiring a lot of energy to power.

Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Gross (postdoc, BioE), Dr. Ehsan Sadeghipour (postdoc, BioE), Prof. Tom Kenny, ME (PI) and Prof. Tom Jaramillo, ChemE (co-PI)

2017 Fall Kukua Incubator Kukua is an at-home chicken egg incubator that is energy-efficient enough to run on solar power and is designed to interface directly with Off-Grid Electric’s existing home-solar systems in Tanzania.

Amy King (BS Earth Systems, MS CEE ), Nick Azpiroz (BS Science, Technology, and Society, MS  ME), Eric Reynolds Brubaker (MS/PhD ME), Prof. Jim Patell, GSB (PI)

2017 Fall ScrapWorks ScrapWorks is a service that can dramatically reduce the food waste from industrial kitchens caused by faulty or non-existent demand forecasting.

Sonia Baltodano (PhD, ME), Prof. David Beach, ME (PI)

2017 Spr SalCell SalCell proposes a scale-up and commercialization of the mixing entropy battery (MEB) to be used as an electrical generator run by saltwater.

Jianqiao Xu (Eng, CEE), Kristian Dubrawski (PostDoc, CEE), Prof. Yi Cui (MSE), Prof. Craig Criddle (CEE)

2016 Fall Indrio Technologies Laser sensor for monitoring chemicals at high temperatures and pressures in order to enhance engine performance and reduce emissions

Ritobrata Sur (PostDoc, PhD, ME), Shengkai Wang (PhD, ME), Prof. Ronald K. Hanson (ME)

2016 Fall Airity Technologies Airity Technologies develop novel and proprietary circuit topologies that allow for extremely small and power dense high voltage sources.

Luke Raymond (PhD EE), Wei Liang (PhD EE), Johan Andreasson (Post Doc BioTechnology, PhD Physics) and Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila (EE)

2016 Fall Mendo A pocket-sized, battery-powered device used in the detection of microorganisms causing food spoilage

Nate Cira (PhD, Bioengineering), Morgan Paull (PhD, Bioengineering), Jason Khoo (BS, Human Biology), Dr. Adam White, Prof. Steve Quake (Bioengineering)

2015 Fall Aerial Intelligence Remote sensing with state-of-the-art computing methods to rapidly deliver crop yield forecasts

Parthsarathi Trivedi (MBA), Adam Heffez (MBA), Omkar Joshi (MS, EE), Derrick Liu (BS, CS) and Prof. David Lobell (ESS)

2015 Fall Healyx Solar/battery powered portable therapeutic device

Cameron Hutton (MS, ME), Madeline Sides (MS, ME), Matias Rivera (MBA), Cassie Ludwig (School of Medicine), Tiffany Kung (School of Medicine) and Prof. David Beach (ME)

2015 Spr ClearMetal Reducing the transportation sector's carbon footprint through predictive demand and optimization of shipping-container logistics

Adam Compain (MBA, GSB), Will Harvey (BS CS; MS MS&E), Diego Canales (BS CS; MS MS&E), and Prof. Seungjin Whang (GSB)

2014 Fall Opus 12 Turning CO2 into fuels and chemicals

Kendra Kuhl (PhD ChemE/SLAC), Etosha Cave (PhD, ME), Nicholas Flanders (MBA/MS E-IPER), and Prof. Tom Jaramillo (ChemE)

2014 Fall PastureMap Transforming agriculture and land management through the mobile cloud based PastureMap platform

Christine Su (MBA/MS E-IPER), Joel Kek (CS), Dapheny Wono, and Prof. Peter Vitousek (Biology)

2014 Fall Vorpal Small, low energy devices for sterilizing liquids using pulsed electric field (PEF) technology

Luke Raymond (PhD, EE), Wei Liang (PhD, EE), and Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila (EE)

2014 Spr Ceres Imaging Remote Spectral Imaging for Sustainable Ranching and Agriculture

Robbie Bunge (PhD, AA), Ashwin Madgavkar (MBA/MS, GSB/E-IPER), Robert Heilmayr (PhD, E-IPER) and Prof. Peter Vitousek (Biology)

2013 Fall NGEN Technologies Energy generating waste water treatment system

Yaniv Scherson (Postdoc, CEE) and Prof. Craig Criddle (CEE)