Project Listings

Spring 2022 Projects

ALL POWER LABS, INC.

About All Power Labs

ALL Power Labs designs, engineers, and manufactures biomass gasification energy platforms. ALL Power Labs creates physical tools and information resources for people to be able to make and use renewable energy.

Learn more at https://www.allpowerlabs.com/

About the Project

Development and test of next generation Power Pallet.

Work Sample or Application Requirement: CV, lab work, design desk.

Useful Skills/Coursework: chemistry lab work, technical writing, experimental design/testing, Solidworks, mechanical build, thermal/combustion/chemistr

Time Commitment: 8-16 hours/wk

Stipend Available: yes

Location: Berkeley, CA

Remote work: possible remote work for some tasks

CYPRIS MATERIALS, INC.

About Cypris

Cypris Materials is developing a new generation of color - producing an enhanced and exclusive spectrum of color, simplifying formulation, all while eliminating the need for toxic pigments, dyes, metals, or expensive engineering practices. Backed by an extensive patent portfolio, Cypris enables the first paintable and printable, nature inspired, structural color coatings. Cypris collaborates with industry-leading partners in a variety of markets and applications to impressively differentiate their brand and product(s) with colors and color effects not possible through any other means.

Learn more at www.cyprismaterials.com

About the Project

Students will work on the formulation and application (Spray, printing, brush, etc.) of self-assembling structural color polymers using a variety of carriers (waterborne, solvent, and UV cure). The coatings applied by students will be tested using a industry relevant techniques to test coating quality.

Opportunities of role:

  • Gain experience in design of experiments methodology
  • Introduction to materials characterization instrumentation that may include spectroscopy and rheology
  • Introduction to broad materials properties testing techniques and specific American Standards for Testing Materials (ASTM) that may include coating hardness testing, coating adhesion testing, paint/ink dry and tack times.

Work Sample or Application Requirement: none

Time Commitment: minimum of 10 hours / week.

Stipend: yes

Location: 965 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda CA 94501. (~18 minutes from Berkeley)

Remote work: >90% of the work will be performed onsite in a wet lab environment. Data work up can be performed at home.

NITRICITY INC.

About Nitricity Inc.
Nitricity's core mission is to decarbonize the production, distribution, and application of nitrogen fertilizer. We provide distributed, on-farm systems, which produce nitrogen fertilizer from air, water and renewable electricity. Nitricity currently has a pilot system operating on a farm in Fresno, CA and an R&D facility in San Francisco.

Project
Depending on student interest: [50%] Computer aided design (CAD) of system components for 3-D visualization and layout, Altium design and soldering of low voltage electronics boards, chemical and electrical regulations/compliance/permitting research, or software integration for communications with remote systems. [25%] In-person building and testing of designed components for production systems as well as supplier identification and quote acquisition of system components. [25%] Sub-projects will be requested on a week-to-week basis depending on greatest need. Results will help Nitricity to produce more fertilizer and decrease the cost of producing sustainable fertilizer, allowing this technology to reach more farms.

Work Location
3450 3rd St. Ste. 3F San Francisco, CA 94124
2 days/week on site in SF (no remote work available)

Time Commitment
Approximate weekly time commitment of 20 hours per week.

Stipend
Stipend is available

PHERONYM

About Pheronym

Pheronym is commercializing a new kind of pheromones from microscopic roundworms to control agricultural pests.

Learn more at: http://www.pheronym.com/

About the Project

Producing pheromones using various biological methods, extracting pheromones from growth media, charactarizing extracts, and testing for activity.

Work Sample or Application Requirement: No requirement

Useful Skills/Coursework: No requirement

Time Commitment: 10 hours/wk

Stipend Available: Yes

Location: Woodland, CA and/or Emeryville, CA

Remote work: Not available

RESOURCE CHEMICAL CORP.

About ReSource Chemical Corp.

ReSource has created technology to produce high-volume plastics that are made from truly sustainable feedstocks – CO2 and inedible biomass – yet outperform conventional materials and have favorable end-of-use options.

Learn more at: https://www.resourcechemicalcorp.com/

About the Project

Work with the team to develop process conditions to perform our core chemical technologies. These activities will include synthesis and testing of different catalysts, building reactors, and developing purification procedures.

Work Sample or Application Requirement: Wet lab experience.

Useful Skills/Coursework: 

  • Experience in using NMR and HPLC
  • Experience in heterogenous catalysts synthesis
  • Experience with building and/or operating reactors

Time Commitment: 20 hours/wk

Stipend Available: Yes

Location: Berkeley, CA

Remote work: Not available

TAKACHAR LIMITED

About Takachar

Takachar is an MIT spin-out social enterprise whose vision is to expand the amount of biomass (crop and forest residues) economically converted into useful products. Most biomass is loose, wet, bulky, and distributed in rural areas, making it logistically expensive to transport and centralize before it can be converted into useful products such as fuels, fertilizers, or chemicals. We are building small-scale, portable, and low-cost systems that can be latched onto the back of tractors and pick-up trucks, and deploy to hard-to-access areas to enable in-situ conversion of local residues into an upgraded form that ends up reducing the logistical cost by 30-70%. This could open up new areas of biomass previously uneconomical for conversion. Our impacts include income and job creation in rural areas, as well as mitigation of CO2 emission and air pollution associated with conventional open-air biomass residue burning.

Learn more at: https://www.takachar.com/

About the Project

Position: Dragon Tamer (a.k.a. Project Engineer)

Work Sample or Application Requirement: none

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/week

Stipend: yes

Location: Richmond, CA

Remote work: negotiable; on-site preferred

Fall 2021 Projects

ANTHRO ENERGY

About Anthro Energy
Anthro Energy is an early-stage company changing the shape of energy storage. We develop novel materials to create batteries that are flexible, safe, and high-performance. Our initial market for these deformable batteries is wearable electronics, where our batteries can deliver multi-fold improvements in capacity. In the long term, our flexible batteries will be integrated into structural components of nearly any electronic system. By combining proprietary polymer electrolyte technology with highly manufacturable material processing, Anthro Energy can create deformable batteries that are cost and performance competitive with traditional lithium ion batteries. We are currently building, refining, and testing battery prototypes; working with vendors to scale up manufacturing; engaging customers and conducting demos; and continuing to push the limits of flexible battery technology. We are currently in the process of scaling up our technology in our state-of-the-art battery research facility in San Jose. We are backed by silicon valley VCs, The Activate Fellowship, StartX, and the TomKat center at Stanford.

Project Description
Excellent opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students interested in hands-on exposure to advanced energy technologies! The Battery Engineering Intern will play a crucial role in the assembly, testing, and analysis of Anthro Energy’s flexible and safe battery technology. Intern will have the opportunity to contribute towards the development of the battery from the material level all the way to the device level. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, excited to learn quickly, and able to manage several workflows simultaneously.

Responsibilities and Goals

  • Fabricate battery components including polymer electrolyte film casting and electrode slurry casting.
  • Perform physical characterization of battery materials
  • Assemble battery coin cells and pouch cells
  • Perform physical and electrochemical characterization of battery cells
  • Thoroughly document experimental procedures and collected data; conduct analysis of results
  • Communicate technical and non-technical content clearly and effectively •Work collaboratively and flexibly in a small team
  • Work hard, be positive, learn with the team, and have fun

Location: San Jose or Berkeley, onsite work only (no remote work)

Approximate weekly time commitment: 15-20 hours

Stipend: Available

CYPRIS MATERIALS, INC.

About Cypris
Cypris is developing a new generation of color.

About the Project
Structural color formulation, ink/paint characterization and analysis.

Time commitment: 15-20 Hours / week

Stipend: Available

Location: Alameda, Ca (on-site work only)

INTROPIC MATERIALS

About Intropic Materials
Building the circular bioeconomy using enzymes and nanotech. For more info visit: https://intropicmaterials.com/

Project Description

  1. Technical report on commercial biopolymers (remote).
  2. Support Nanomaterial Synthesis (wet-lab).
  3. Computation/Automation Support (hybrid)

Location: LBNL. Possible remote work for some projects.

Approximate weekly time commitment: 10 hours/week

Stipend: Available

NITRICITY INC.

About Nitricity Inc.
Nitricity's core mission is to decarbonize the production, distribution, and application of nitrogen fertilizer. We provide distributed, on-farm systems, which produce nitrogen fertilizer from air, water and renewable electricity. Nitricity currently has a pilot system operating on a farm in Fresno, CA and an R&D facility in San Francisco.

Project
Depending on student interest: [50%] Computer aided design (CAD) of system components for 3-D visualization and layout, Altium design and soldering of low voltage electronics boards, chemical and electrical regulations/compliance/permitting research, or software integration for communications with remote systems. [25%] In-person building and testing of designed components for production systems as well as supplier identification and quote acquisition of system components. [25%] Sub-projects will be requested on a week-to-week basis depending on greatest need. Results will help Nitricity to produce more fertilizer and decrease the cost of producing sustainable fertilizer, allowing this technology to reach more farms.

Work Location
3450 3rd St. Ste. 3F San Francisco, CA 94124
2 days/week on site in SF (no remote work available)

Time Commitment
Approximate weekly time commitment of 20 hours per week.

Stipend
Stipend is available

TAKACHAR

About Takachar
Takachar is focused on increasing the amount of crop and forest residues economically converted into useful products, thereby reducing carbon emissions while creating self-sufficient rural communities.

Project Description
We are building and testing a demonstration-scale prototype. We are seeking a project engineer to assist in this effort. The engineer will assist in performing controlled experiments on the prototype, and in leading the iteration of the prototype by working alongside our manufacturing subcontractors. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get dirty/dusty in an outdoor environment. Given the hands-on nature of the work, an in-person arrangement is preferred.

Weekly time commitment: 10 hours/week min.

Location: Richmond, CA  (Hands-on experience, in-person is preferred.)

Skills you will learn: SolidWorks, design for manufacturing, control systems, prototype testing, iteration, experimental design, and data analysis.

Stipend: Available