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DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million for nine projects in three divisions. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Department of Energy awards flow into Argonne

DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million in projects as part of the DOE’s Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) in September.

October 18, 2017
This shows the synthetic purple membrane assembly developed by Elena Rozhkova and fellow Argonne researchers. The assembly, which includes nanodiscs, titanium dioxide and platinum nanoparticles, can transform sunlight into hydrogen fuel. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Purple power: Synthetic ‘purple membranes’ transform sunlight to hydrogen fuel

Argonne researchers have found a new way to produce solar fuels by developing “synthetic purple membranes.” These membranes involve an assembly of lipid nanodiscs, man-made proteins, and semiconducting nanoparticles that, when taken together, can transform sunlight into hydrogen fuel.

October 12, 2017
“When scientists add or remove a proton (H+) from the perovskite (SmNiO3 (SNO)) lattice, the material’s atomic structure expands or contracts dramatically to accommodate it in a process called ‘lattice breathing,’” said Badri Narayanan, an Argonne assistant material scientist and co-author of the study. But when it happens repeatedly, this activity wanes, resembling human forgetfulness. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Forget about it

Inspired by human forgetfulness — how our brains discard unnecessary data to make room for new information — scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and three universities, conducted a recent study that combined supercomputer simulation and X-ray characterization of a material that gradually “forgets.” This could one day be used for advanced bio-inspired computing.

October 10, 2017
An electron microscope captured this image of a freshly grown batch of nanowires using the NextGen STEM Kit’s star-shaped mold. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nanotechnology moves from the clean room to the classroom

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and United Scientific Supplies, Inc. are introducing high school students to nanoscience with a new hands-on product.

August 18, 2017
Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant received a 2017 TechConnect National Innovation Award for a method that significantly cuts the time and cost needed to grow graphene. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne-developed technology for producing graphene wins TechConnect National Innovation Award

A method that significantly cuts the time and cost needed to grow graphene has won a 2017 TechConnect National Innovation Award. This is the second year in a row that a team at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials has received this award.

June 8, 2017
Honeywell UOP will examine new materials for converting natural gas to liquid fuels with a synthesis technique called atomic layer deposition. Here, an Argonne researcher prepares to synthesize catalysts using atomic layer deposition. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Honeywell UOP and Argonne seek research collaborations in catalysis under Technologist In Residence program

Researchers at Argonne are collaborating with Honeywell UOP scientists to explore innovative energy and chemicals production.

June 6, 2017
Argonne will work with ThermoAura Inc., of Colonie, NY, to improve the performance of commercially manufactured thermoelectric materials, one of seven new partnerships announced through the Department of Energy’s Small Business Voucher program. Higher performing thermoelectrics could improve the efficiency of air conditioning systems. (Image by Shutterstock/Artur Bogacki)
Seven small businesses to collaborate with Argonne to solve technical challenges

Seven small businesses have been selected to collaborate with researchers at Argonne to address technical challenges as part of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Program.

May 31, 2017
More than 400 scientific users of the Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials, above, start their annual meeting today at Argonne. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne welcomes scientists to Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials

More than 400 researchers from numerous disciplines will convene at Argonne today for the annual Users’ Meeting for the Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials.

May 8, 2017
Snapshots of the 3-D structure of iron nanoparticles in the course of the oxidation process, captured through large-scale reactive molecular dynamic simulations. These simulations enhance our understanding of processes like oxidation and corrosion, and build a foundation for developing integrated imaging techniques to control or manipulate these types of reactions. (Image by Yugang Sun, Xiaobing Zuo, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sheng Peng, Badri Narayanan and Ganesh Kamath, Argonne National Laboratory/Temple University.)
New study reveals the mystery behind the formation of hollowed nanoparticles during metal oxidation

In a newly published Science paper, Argonne and Temple University researchers by integrated X-ray imaging and computer modeling and simulation to reveal new knowledge about the behavior of metal nanoparticles when they undergo oxidation. This knowledge adds to our understanding of fundamental processes like oxidation and corrosion.

April 21, 2017
Cross-section scanning electron microscopy image after hydrogen silsesquioxane patterning, sequential infiltration synthesis and removal of initiated chemical vapor deposition topcoat and organic components. (Image by Hyo Seon Suh / University of Chicago
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template

In a recent study, a team of researchers from Argonne, the University of Chicago and MIT has developed a new way to create some of the world’s thinnest wires, using a process that could enable mass manufacturing with standard types of equipment.

April 11, 2017