MIT's Tech Review Honors Young Energy Stars

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The TR35, MIT Technology Review’s annual list that recognizes talented tech researchers and entrepreneurs under the age of 35, is slated to be announced later today. The group of top tech wunderkinds includes six up-and-coming young scientists who focus on developing energy-related technologies. They include:

Dr. David Berry, 29, principal with Flagship Ventures, TR35’s “Innovator of the Year,” is the brains behind startup LS9, the Khosla Ventures’-backed renewable-petroleum company that just raised funding.

Dr. Javier Garcia-Martinez, 34, leader of the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab at the University of Alicante, Spain and cofounder of Rive Technology, is researching nanotechnology that makes the process that turns crude oil into gasoline more efficient, allowing for more of the oil to be turned into gas and other useful products.

Dr. Partha Ranganathan, 34, principal research scientist with Hewlett-Packard Labs, is working on ways to cut power usage in computing systems ranging from mobile devices to data center servers.

Dr. Neil Renninger, 33, co-founder of Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins-backed Amyris Biotechnologies, has created a microbial approach for biofuels generation. The approach uses synthetic biology, a scientific discipline that focuses on altering existing biological systems to develop new ones.

Rachel Segalman, 31, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is researching ways to turn heat into cheap electricity.

Dr. Xudong Wang, 31, Georgia Tech, created a new nanotech-based generator that could power everything from implantable biosensors to remote environmental monitors.

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