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Meltem Urgun Demirtas, an environmental engineer in Argonne’s Energy Systems Division, is the principal investigator in a break-through biogas technology that could change the waste-to-fuel industry. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Renewable opportunities abundant in Illinois

Huge amounts of organic waste are generated each year in the United States, according to a

November 10, 2017
Researchers at Argonne and other national laboratories are seeking to identify and fill gaps hindering the commercialization of extreme fast charging for plug-in electric vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office recently announced its commitment to this goal via a $15 million funding opportunity. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Closing the gap: Argonne, partners putting charge into EV battery technology

Widespread demand for electric vehicles could hinge on batteries that can be charged in minutes instead of hours, and researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are

November 7, 2017
Thomas Wallner
Vehicle researcher appointed SAE Fellow

For more than a decade, Thomas Wallner, Section Manager for Fuels, Engine and Aftertreatment Research at Argonne, has been involved with many transportation research areas at the laboratory.

July 7, 2017
Argonne researchers Christopher Powell, Katarzyna Matusik and Alan Kastengren recently received the William R. Marshall award from the Americas chapter of the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS).
Argonne scientists recognized for going with the flow

The Americas chapter of the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS) recently gave its William R. Marshall award for outstanding presentations to Argonne Research Scientist Christopher Powell, Physicist Alan Kastengren, former Postdoctoral Appointee Daniel Duke and Postdoctoral Appointee Katarzyna Matusik.

July 7, 2017
Argonne’s laser-ignition research is entering the limelight
The Bright Future of Laser Ignition

Lasers have fascinated scientists for nearly 60 years as their bright rays revolutionized entire industries - from music and medicine to fashion and retail.

June 13, 2017
Argonne’s innovative vehicle testing facility is leading the charge in hybrid and electric cars.
Pushing Hybrids to the Limit

When consumers shop for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), powered by an electric battery and a gas-powered engine, they often raise many questions.

June 12, 2017
Linda Gaines is an Argonne transportation systems analyst.
Ask a scientist: When is it more efficient to turn off my car instead of idling?

Click to find out what science says. Hint: It’s a matter of seconds.

April 3, 2017
David Lary, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Texas-Dallas, discusses air particulate sensors that are being integrated in the Argonne-developed Waggle platform to measure and monitor air quality in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Image by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Breakthrough wireless sensing system attracts industry and government agency interest

Top experts in environmental sensing explored existing and potential applications for Waggle and other sensing technologies during a two-day workshop held at Argonne last year. From researching deforestation in the Amazon to improving air quality for manned space missions, attendees revealed unique ways to apply sensing technology to improve our understanding of Earth and human health – and a number of these applications employed Waggle.

February 20, 2017
Inside an engine is a harsh place: the intense heat and pressure cause the parts to wear away and break down. But this new coating, which rebuilds itself as soon as it begins to break down, could protect engine parts (and more) for much longer.
9 cool science & tech stories from Argonne in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re looking back at just a few of the many cool stories that came out of research conducted by Argonne scientists and engineers this year. These discoveries are just a tiny sample of how Argonne researchers help address energy challenges, boost the economy through new discoveries and technologies, and expand scientific knowledge.

December 22, 2016
Located fifteen miles north of the Grand Canyon, the Glen Canyon Dam delivers water from the Upper to the Lower Colorado River Basin. Argonne experts helped recommend a long-term strategy for the dam’s operation that would balance hydropower with the protection of environmental, cultural and recreational resources in the area. (Image by John Hayse/Argonne National Laboratory.)
New report balances environmental interests and power needs for Glen Canyon Dam

Researchers at Argonne have helped develop a plan for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, upstream of Grand Canyon National Park. The plan, known as the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan, and documented in a final environmental impact statement, recommends a strategy that would balance hydropower with the protection of environmental, cultural and recreational resources in the area.

November 17, 2016