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This image depicts the selective functionalization of methane molecules, a chemical process that makes them more technologically desirable. The methane molecules are shown as one gray carbon atom connected to four white hydrogen atoms. The orange crystals at bottom represent the metal-organic frameworks in which the reaction takes place. (Image by Xuan Zhang, Northwestern University.)
Uncovering a missing link from methane to methanol

Microscopic crystalline structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. Now, a research team from Argonne and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs.

June 22, 2018
From left to right: Argonne’s Prasanna Balaprakash, Karen Mulfort and Zhang Jiang are among the 84 scientists who received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Three Argonne scientists receive DOE early career awards

Three Argonne researchers have earned the DOE’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards.

June 21, 2018
Argonne scientists (left to right) Albert Wagner, Stephen Klippenstein, Lawrence Harding and James Miller (not pictured) have been named fellows of The Combustion Institute for their groundbreaking work in combustion science and technology. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Four Argonne researchers earn international honors

Four senior researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have received international recognition for their groundbreaking work in combustion science and technology. Chemists Lawrence Harding, Albert Wagner, Stephen Klippenstein and James Miller have been inducted as fellows of The Combustion Institute.

April 26, 2018
This shows electron microscopy of cross-linked titania nanoparticles with boron-based clusters. Argonne researchers helped create a method to build these networks. (Image courtesy of UCLA / Alexander Spokoyny.)
What a mesh

A team of scientists from across the U.S. has found a new way to create molecular interconnections that can give a certain class of materials exciting new properties, including improving their ability to catalyze chemical reactions or harvest energy from light.

March 29, 2018
Argonne researchers helped identify the process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide, a material of potential interest for solar applications because it absorbs ultraviolet light. (Image by Christopher Milne.)
It’s a trap!

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have published a new study that identifies the process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide, a material of potential interest for solar applications because it absorbs ultraviolet light.

March 27, 2018
Researchers from Argonne and the University of California at Santa Barbara have identified another elemental actor that helps activate palladium while reducing the amount of the precious metal needed for reactions to occur. (Image by Shutterstock / clearviewstock.)
Nickel in the X-ray limelight

Argonne scientists and collaborators have identified another elemental actor in catalytic reactions that helps activate palladium while reducing the amount of the precious metal needed for those reactions to occur.

March 26, 2018
In a new study, Argonne and University of Lille chemists explored protactinium’s multiple resemblances to more completely understand the relationship between the transition metals and the complex chemistry of the early actinide elements. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory and Shutterstock / Humdan.)
The element of surprise

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Lille in France, chemists have explored protactinium’s multiple resemblances to more completely understand the relationship between the transition metals and the complex chemistry of the early actinide elements.

March 14, 2018
Nitrogen oxides are significant pollutants to the atmosphere. Argonne chemist Stephen Klippenstein co-authored a new review paper that compiled decades of data to create a model of how these pollutants are produced. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory. Home page banner image courtesy of Shutterstock / Natalya Erofeeva.)
Painting a clear picture of how nitrogen oxides are formed

For decades, combustion researchers and engine companies have been seeking to understand how these gases are produced during combustion so that they can find ways to reduce them. Now Argonne researchers have synthesized more than a decade’s worth of combustion studies to create a new overarching model of how nitrogen oxides are produced.

March 9, 2018
A research team led by Argonne’s Giulia Galli has gleaned new insights about the structure of salt water by simulating the liquid at the molecular level with the Mira supercomputer, housed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. (Image courtesy of Giulia Galli and Alex Gaiduk/Institute for Molecular Engineering.)
Study of salts in water causing stir

A pair of Argonne scientists uncover fresh insights about the structure of saltwater.

February 1, 2018
Argonne researchers have gotten a better look at how the molecular structures of organic solar cells form, which provides new insights that can improve their efficiency. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Dave Weaver.)
Going organic

Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers analyzed how organic solar cells’ crystal structures develop as they are produced under different conditions. With the APS, researchers learned how certain additives affect the microstructures obtained, providing new insights that can improve the cells’ efficiency.

January 9, 2018