Argonne National Laboratory

About Argonne
A laboratory of global excellence, Argonne offers scientists and engineers a highly collaborative environment to pursue innovative research in the national interest.

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where “dream teams” of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security.

Through collaborations with researchers here at Argonne and around the world, we strive to discover new ways to develop energy innovations through science, create novel materials molecule-by-molecule, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet, our climate and the cosmos.

Surrounded by the highest concentration of top-tier research organizations in the world, Argonne leverages its Chicago-area location to lead discovery and to power innovation in a wide range of core scientific capabilities, from high-energy physics and materials science to structural biology and advanced computer science.

Focused, mission-driven research
Embracing the nation’s greatest challenges, Argonne’s world-renowned scientists and engineers conduct pioneering research that advances America’s scientific excellence and leadership and helps pave the way to a secure nation with a plentiful supply of safe, sustainable energy, a healthy environment, and a competitive economy.

Visionary science, game-changing innovation
We pursue big, ambitious ideas that redefine what is possible. Our pursuit of groundbreaking discoveries pushes the boundaries of fundamental science, applied science and engineering to solve complex challenges and develop useful technologies that can transform the marketplace and change the world.

Unmatched scientific facilities, programs and talent
A center for world-class discovery and scientific excellence, our diverse and dynamic research agenda spans 15 research divisions, 12 centers, and five national user facilities. This rich scientific environment provides our researchers – and those who visit us from all corners of the globe – with an extraordinary range of cutting-edge facilities and scientific tools that support in-depth research, drive technological breakthroughs, and improve our nation’s competitiveness and quality of life.

Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science

Lab at a Glance

Fiscal Year 2015

Budget: $760 million
Procurement: $325 million


  • 3,298 total employees (FTEs)
  • 1,623 scientists and engineers
  • 315 postdoctoral scholars
  • 457 graduate and undergrad students
  • 248 joint faculty
  • 7,186+ facility users


  • 15 research divisions
  • 5 national scientific user facilities
  • Many centers, joint institutes, program offices
  • Hundreds of research partners