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Graphene's hexagonal structure makes it an excellent lubricant. (Click image to enlarge)
Researchers fight friction and wear with one-atom-thick graphene

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk. They found that just the single layer of graphene lasted for more than 6,500 “wear cycles,” a dramatic improvement over conventional lubricants like graphite or molybdenum disulfide.

October 13, 2014
A new analysis tool developed at Argonne National Laboratory called JOBSNG helps policymakers or developers estimate the potential economic impacts of building new natural gas fueling stations. Photo credit: Shutterstock. (Click image to enlarge)
New tool predicts economic impacts of natural gas stations

Researchers at Argonne announced a new tool today for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

September 24, 2014
Researchers at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. VERIFI is the first and only source in the world for high-fidelity, three-dimensional, end-to-end combustion engine simulation/visualization and simultaneous powertrain and fuel simulation, with uncertainty analysis. Click to enlarge.
New Argonne initiative to examine the details of the combustion process

Researchers at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. VERIFI is the first and only source in the world for high-fidelity, three-dimensional, end-to-end combustion engine simulation/visualization and simultaneous powertrain and fuel simulation, with uncertainty analysis.

July 15, 2014
Experts are developing new engine combustion models that incorporate accurate descriptions of two-phase flows, chemistry, transport phenomena and device geometries to provide predictive simulations of engine and fuel performance. Click to enlarge.
Caterpillar, Argonne undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project

Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges that must be addressed before they enter the engine mainstream.

June 30, 2014
The Ohio State University took home the overall winners title at the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals last week. EcoCAR 2 was a three-year competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and 30 other government and industry leaders. Click to enlarge.
The Ohio State wins North American EcoCAR 2 competition

The Ohio State University took home the overall winners title at the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals, said competition sponsors the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. last week.

June 20, 2014
Researchers have discovered how to overcome technical challenges that hindered use of Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®) in commercial applications by devising a way to incorporate a safe form of the lithium powder into any type of Li-ion battery, including those used for electric vehicles, enabling greater energy density, extended cycle-life and reduced manufacturing costs. Click to enlarge.
FMC-Argonne project could expand use of company's lithium technology

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory working with FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC), Charlotte, N.C., have developed novel materials that would help expand technology and product development by industries using the company's unique Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®).

May 28, 2014
EcoCAR 2 participants. Click to enlarge.
University competition cars visit Argonne for testing

Three university teams competing to win the EcoCAR 2 challenge will visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory this week. The national contest offers students a unique hands-on experience to select and implement advanced technologies that increase vehicle fuel efficiency.

March 24, 2014
A schematic shows different nanoparticle configurations possible with a new technique to create custom bimetallic nanoparticles. Click to enlarge.
Two metals are better than one

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, people have appreciated the advantages of using alloys rather than single metals to make better materials. Recently, scientists have discovered a recipe for making tiny two-metal structures that could similarly expand the forefront of materials science.

March 4, 2014
Kayakers and boats traverse the branch of the Chicago River in the downtown area. Every river contains a population of microbes; scientists at Argonne are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to map how the River’s inhabitants change over the months and years. Click to enlarge.
Argonne partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to study Chicago River microbe population

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial communities in Chicago area waterways.

December 2, 2013
As part of a U.S. Department of Energy’s push to improve electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Argonne received $4.7 million in funding for three research projects exploring better battery and lubrication technologies.
Three Argonne projects win DOE funding to improve vehicle technologies

Argonne has received $4.7 million from the DOE for three projects to develop new vehicle technologies, including capacitors, electrochemical couples and electrolytes for batteries intended for hybrid and electric vehicles.

September 12, 2013