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Six Argonne entries named finalists for R&D 100 Awards

Six entries from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have been named finalists for the 2015 edition of the R&D 100 Awards.

July 23, 2015
Ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films have shown a great deal of promise in the semiconductor and microelectromechanical systems industries. (Click image to enlarge).
Argonne researchers develop two new diamond inventions

Argonne researchers have continued their research into advanced ultrananocrystalline diamond technologies and have developed two new applications for this special material.

October 10, 2014
The expected atomic structure of film based on the growth sequence and layer swap that occurs in the real growth. Click to enlarge.
Argonne scientists pioneer strategy for creating new materials

A recent article in Nature Materials describes how Argonne researchers used X-ray scattering during a process called molecular beam epitaxy to observe the behavior of atoms during the formation of a type of material known as layered oxides. These observations were then used as data for computational predictions of new materials, leading to insights on how to best combine atoms to form new, stable structures.

August 14, 2014
Researchers have identified a new way to synthesize inexpensive, transition metal-based catalysts as an alternative to platinum. These new catalysts offer the promise of substantially reducing the fuel cell cost. Click to enlarge.
Finding a suitable platinum substitute for fuel cells

In a new study led by Argonne National Laboratory chemist Di-Jia Liu, researchers have identified a new way to synthesize inexpensive, transition metal-based catalysts as an alternative to platinum. These new catalysts offer the promise of substantially reducing the fuel cell cost.

April 2, 2014
Taking another look at the atmosphere

A new study by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and two universities in the United Kingdom demonstrates a new method for obtaining more accurate measurements of atmospheric processes.

September 24, 2012
Caught in the light: Studying photostorage

A team of scientists successfully elucidated the mechanism of the photostorage step in the thermally reversible photoisomerization of FvRu2(CO)4.

September 24, 2012
Shedding light on Nature’s nanoscale control of solar energy

A team of users from the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory and Argonne have carried out experiments that shed new light on how photosynthesis occurs.

July 30, 2012
Lithium-Ion Battery Electrolyte Material Scale-Up

Scientists at Argonne have recently developed an improved, scalable process for the synthesis of the lithium-ion battery solvent (ANL-1NM3) and have successfully generated 3,357g of high purity (&g

June 1, 2011
Building a better battery

Researchers utilizing a suite of advanced techniques, including the resources of the U.S.

May 1, 2011
Comparing photosynthetic and photovoltaic efficiencies and recognizing the potential for improvement

Comparing photosynthetic and photovoltaic efficiencies is not a simple issue.

May 1, 2011