Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Accelerating Energy Technology Innovation at Cyclotron Road

July 24, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201

Beakers and jars in a lab

Join the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation for a seminar by Ilan Gur, founding director of Cyclotron Road, on "Accelerating energy technology innovation at Cyclotron Road."

This is a free event that is open to the public. Lunch will be available 15 minutes before the start of the seminar. 


Built to address the growing gap between academic research and industrial products, Cyclotron Road offers a home for hard science and technology innovators to advance their ideas from breakthrough concept to market ready product. At Cyclotron Road, innovators receive two years of salary and seed R&D funding, bolstered by access to world-class research tools and expertise at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The program provides focused technical and business mentorship, engagement with a network of potential commercialization partners, and interaction with a community of fellow entrepreneurs. Put together, Cyclotron Road aims to create the best environment for developing hard energy technologies that can succeed in the marketplace.


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.

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