Creative Destruction Lab Accepts Big Blue Technologies into Objectives-Based Mentoring Program

September 30, 2019

"We are proud to announce that Big Blue Technologies has been accepted into the 2019/20 CDL program year."

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NSF Awards $140k TECP Grant to Big Blue Technologies - brings total awarded to $890k

August 23, 2019

“Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TECP) supplements to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program grantees are intended to pave the way for partnerships with strategic corporate partners and investors as a means to increase the potential for SBIR/STTR grantees to successfully commercialize their technology.”

Photo Credit: Susan Strong

Photo Credit: Susan Strong

Big Blue Technologies presents at Bay Area buffs alumni event

August 20, 2019

“From Boulder to the Bay: Alumni investors connect with university startups at Silicon Valley summit”


Notice of Allowance of Claims on Exclusively Licensed Patent

July 22, 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office have provided a notice of the allowance of claims on a patent application related to the carbothermal reduction or magnesium oxide. Big Blue Technologies has a worldwide exclusive license on this patent from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Issuance number to follow.

Photo Credit: IMA

Photo Credit: IMA

Dr. Chubukov Presents at the 76th Annual World Magnesium Conference in Budapest, Hungary

May 17, 2019

Boris was invited to present some of his work on carbothermal reduction to an international audience in Hungary at the World Magnesium Conference hosted by the International Magnesium Association.


Big Blue technologies Closes on $500k Equity Investment

May 1, 2019

In support of its magnesium metal production venture, Big Blue Technologies has received $500k in cash and facilities to support commercial development from a strategic corporate partner. This equity partner will remain undisclosed until further notice.


Big Blue Technologies Competes in the Mining Cleantech Challenge Hosted by the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

March 21, 2019

Eleven companies were selected to present at the 2019 Mining Cleantech Challenge held in Denver, Colorado.


Dr. Chubukov's Original Research Manuscript Accepted in Powder Technology!

March 1, 2019

Big Blue Technologies’ Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Boris Chubukov, recently had his research paper accepted in the journal Powder Technology. The paper describes an operating method to deposit magnesium metal onto a moving bed of inert particles as a demonstrated continuous process for carbothermal reduction. All of this work was performed during his Ph.D. thesis research at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Congratulations, Boris!


Innosphere Accepts Big Blue Technologies as a Client Company

February 27, 2019

Innosphere is Colorado’s leading technology incubator accelerating the success of high-impact science and technology startups and scaleups. Innosphere’s programs focus on ensuring companies are investor-ready, connecting entrepreneurs with experienced advisors and early hires, making introductions to corporate and strategic partners to drive customer traction, exit planning, and accelerating top line revenue growth.

Big Blue Technologies is honored to be a part of the first 2019 cohort.

Left:  Magnesium metal bar (80g) produced using silicothermic processing.   Right : Dolomite rock from Addy, Washington near the defunct NorthWest Alloys plant.   Photo Credit : Boris Chubukov

Left: Magnesium metal bar (80g) produced using silicothermic processing.

Right: Dolomite rock from Addy, Washington near the defunct NorthWest Alloys plant.

Photo Credit: Boris Chubukov

Magnesium Bars Produced Using Silicothermic and Carbothermic Processing Techniques

December 11, 2018

Big Blue Technologies has demonstrated magnesium metal production capabilities using both carbothermic and silicothermic pathways on its prototype system.

With equipment located at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and under a sponsored project agreement, Big Blue Technologies was able to showcase their expertise and processing flexibility for various thermal production routes.


Big Blue Technologies Among 24 Colorado Start-ups Awarded State Grant

November 26, 2018

Big Blue Technologies is proud to announce it has been awarded $250k from the State of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development (OEDIT) through the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program! BBT was one of 22 teams that gave a 5-minute finalist pitch in front of the entire AI review committee.

We would like to thank the committee, OEDIT, Katie Woslager and Rama Haris for their support and hard work!


$50k NSF STTR Supplementary Grant Awarded to BBT

August 30, 2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded BBT a supplementary Phase II grant in the amount of $50k. The total awarded represents the maximum allowed of $750k.

Photo Credit: IMA

Photo Credit: IMA

Dr. Palumbo Presents at the 75th Annual World Magnesium Conference in New Orleans

May 18, 2018

Aaron was selected to present a summary of research and development conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder under an ARPA-E grant to explore the development of a carbothermal reduction process, including a novel condensation technique.


CU-Boulder and Big Blue Technologies Execute Worldwide Exclusive License Agreement on Two Patent Applications

April 20, 2018

Two patent applications on carbothermal reduction methods to produce magnesium metal have been exclusively licensed from CU-Boulder. The technology was developed under a $3.6M ARPA-E grant awarded to Prof. Alan Weimer’s lab. Big Blue Technologies is excited to move forward with commercial deployment of these technologies knowing that CU-Boulder will be a valuable, active research partner.

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News Feature in The Chemical Engineer

December 6, 2017

Big Blue Technologies is pleased to announce a news release in The Chemical Engineer, a prestigious media outlet hosted by the Institution of Chemical Engineering.

To read the original article, please click the link below:


Big Blue Technologies Awarded Competitive grant from the national science foundation

September 20, 2017

“The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” said Barry Johnson, Director of Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”