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The temperature inside the combustion chamber of a diesel engine, as modeled by researchers at Argonne. Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines and engineers are looking at ways to make them an even better, more sustainable transportation option.
7 things you might not know about diesel

7 interesting facts about diesel engines, and why they're an option for the sustainably-minded.

June 1, 2014
"I’m a climate modeler, so we’re trying to pin down what’s happening and what might happen, and for that we take the math approach." -Rao Kotamarthi, Argonne atmospheric scientist
Crowdsource: How do we tackle climate change?

"Crowdsource" asks scientists from varying fields to offer their unique perspectives on a universal problem. Today's question: How do we start tackling climate change?

June 1, 2014
Engineers Jason Harper (left) and Daniel Dobrzynski at work in Argonne’s Electric Vehicle Interoperability Center, which seeks to create worldwide standards for electric car plugs and charging stations. Click image to enlarge.
A plug fit for every car

If you can't find a charging cable for your cell phone, it's an inconvenience. But what if you’re away from home and can't find a charging station compatible with your electric vehicle?

June 1, 2014
Prior to joining Argonne, Forrest Jehlik worked in research and development for General Motors. Click to enlarge.
Head of Argonne's Green Racing team takes part in White House's 'Extreme STEM' Hangout

In honor of National Science Week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted an "Extreme STEM" Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, April 22. Argonne National Laboratory engineer Forrest Jehlik, who leads the lab's Green Racing program, was among the participants.

April 22, 2014
Aaron Sauers
Argonne Recognized for Excellence in Technology Transfer

Argonne researchers receive 2014 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium

April 11, 2014
Andrey Elagin (left), postdoctoral scholar at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, and Matthew Wetstein, the Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, adjust the optics in the Large Area Picosecond Photodetector testing facility. The facility uses extremely short laser pulses to precisely measure the time resolution of the photodetectors. Click to enlarge.
Collaboration between varied organizations develops larger, more precise photodetectors for the market

Scientific particle detectors, medical imaging devices and cargo scanners with higher resolutions and cheaper price tags could become a reality, thanks to a three-way collaboration between industry, universities and U.S. national laboratories.

November 5, 2013
Forrest Jehlik, Argonne mechanical engineer
Ask a scientist: Ethanol & car performance

Does ethanol extend or decrease your gas mileage?

September 13, 2013
Argonne engineer Mike Kern works in the lab's transportation center by day, but on weekends, he's a crew chief for the National Hot Rod Associaton. Image: Image: Mark Rebilas / Zizzo Racing.
The secret lives of scientists & engineers: Mike Kern

Meet scientists from Argonne with unusual hobbies and interests—and how they bring science to bear on them. Mike Kern is an Argonne engineer by day, but on weekends, he's a crew chief for the National Hot Rod Association.

September 13, 2013
Interns help EcoCAR coalitions by expanding the number of outreach events they are capable of each year. Here, Alicia Cox, past intern for the Yellowstone-Teton Coalition, staffs a booth at an outreach event. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Students gear up for sustainability now and in the future

Working with Argonne, DOE’s Clean Cities program launched the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) in 2010 to provide the automotive and energy sectors with skilled and knowledgeable talent to help shape the future of on-road transportation.

August 19, 2013
In this split screen image, Argonne engineer Henning Lohse-Busch evaluates an electric vehicle under extreme hot (left) and cold conditions (right). The Advanced Powertrain Research Facility’s Environmental Test Cell is equipped to evaluate vehicles and their components at a temperature range of 20°F to 95°F.
Turning up the heat: Argonne’s thermal cell facility puts vehicles to the test

Argonne’s world-class Advanced Powertrain Research Facility now includes a thermal chamber that can deliver temperatures ranging from frigid cold to sweltering heat.

August 30, 2012