With a guaranteed salary, modest seed funding, and the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best scientists in his field, Kaye would finally be able to work on moving MOFs from the lab to marketplace, where it has the potential to radically reduce the energy use of chemical separations, which accounts for 10 percent of global energy consumption.

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Cyclotron Road is now entering its second year and seeking applications for a second cohort of scientist-entrepreneurs.

In an era of declining private-sector investment in early-stage energy technologies, many of our best and brightest engineers, scientists, and energy technology entrepreneurs are at risk of turning away from their pursuit of potentially groundbreaking new energy technologies,” wrote David Danielson, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in a  recent blog post.

More broadly, a key focus of Danielson’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative has been to support national lab-industry partnerships that help the private sector leverage the labsworld-class technology capabilities in order to better innovate and break down market barriers.

They’re driving key materials and manufacturing innovation in projects ranging from renewable plastics to ocean wave energy to electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to fuel.

We’re looking for the best and brightest technical founders, entrepreneurial researchers, and scientists who want to drive breakthrough energy technologies to market,” said Cyclotron Road Director Ilan Gur.

AMO supports applied research, development and demonstration of new materials and processes for energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as platform technologies for the manufacturing of clean energy products.