Argonne National Laboratory


Research in Argonne’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE) division spans many fields and integrates the laboratory’s expertise in basic and applied chemistry. In disciplines ranging from electrical energy storage to fuel cells and electrocatalysis, solar fuels to separations science, Argonne chemists work to revolutionize how we will create, store and use energy in the 21st Century.

The research in CSE is highly interdisciplinary, and scientists in the division work with colleagues in other divisions at the laboratory as well as external partners in the quest to make America’s energy solutions more practical, affordable and sustainable.

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

The AMO physics group explores the frontiers of X-ray science and lays the foundation of X-ray applications in other science domains.


The scientific achievements of the catalysis science program will help to enable the efficient use of national natural resources, such as light alkanes (i.e. methane, ethane, propane, butane), as precursors of fuels for transportation.

Discovery Accleration

Argonne's work in catalysis and energy conversion seeks to connect fundamental and early-stage applied research and development in the areas of catalysis and fuel cells. We couple traditional laboratory experimental techniques with high-throughput/combinatorial experimental techniques to accelerate the development of new materials.

Electrochemical Energy Storage

Electrochemical Energy Storage research and development programs span the battery technology field from basic materials research and diagnostics to prototyping and post-test analyses.

Gas-Phase Chemical Dynamics

The Gas-Phase Chemical Dynamics (GPCD) group uses complementary theoretical and experimental methods to explore and determine the thermochemistry, dynamics, and kinetics of gas-phase chemical processes, with a principal focus on the chemistry of combustion.

Heavy Elements and Separation Sciences

The Heavy Elements and Separation Sciences group (HESS) seeks to understanding the fundamental drivers of solvent extraction (SX) as a process for separating and purifying metal ions, notably lanthanides and actinides.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Materials

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Materials group has active research projects to develop new materials and enable existing materials to overcome the major barriers to enable the use of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) in a variety of applications.

Interfacial Processes

The Interfacial Processes Group explores in a cross-disciplinary manner the chemistry and structure of reactive solid interfaces in contact with fluids.

Solar Energy Conversion

Research in the Solar Energy Conversion Group investigates fundamental mechanisms for solar-to-chemical energy conversion, with a particular focus on investigating mechanisms for coupling ultrafast light-generated excited states to subsequent multi-electron catalytic processes in photosynthetic assemblies that convert photons to fuels.