Argonne National Laboratory

Energy Sciences Building
The Energy Sciences Building is a world-class scientific facility and a shining example of sustainable design.

Argonne’s Energy Sciences Building (ESB) contains a nexus of interdisciplinary research in basic materials design, fundamental chemistry and energy systems research designed to address the nation’s most pressing challenge of the 21st century – clean, affordable, and diverse sources of energy.  The ESB is an intersection of discovery where teams of scientists connect in a flexible, open space that meets evolving scientific needs.  The ESB also fosters Argonne’s growing partnerships with universities and industry. 

The ESB houses approximately 200 research personnel dedicated to addressing the world’s most critical energy challenges.  The new facility supports the development of highly reliable, safe and long-lived battery systems; revolutionary, efficient and environmentally friendly processes for creating novel feedstocks and fuels; and transformational systems for solar energy production.

The ESB is both a world-class scientific facility and a shining example of sustainable design.  The building was planned and constructed to meet the requirements to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Gold” rating.  The use of natural materials and energy-efficient architecture will help Argonne attain ambitious energy and water efficiency targets set by the U.S. Department of Energy.