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These are surface SEM images of Janus membrane front faces grown with 150, 200 and 300 cycles at .015, .06 and .15 second exposures. A general trend of quicker nucleation and following onset of conformal growth is observed at higher exposure doses and more cycles. This electron microscope image was taken on Carl Zeiss Merlin SEM at the University of Chicago. (Image courtesy of the University of Chicago.)
Two faces offer limitless possibilities

Named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes — double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances — have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses.

July 19, 2018
A team of Argonne researchers successfully tested the Oleo Sponge off the coast of Southern California in April. From left to right: Argonne’s Seth Darling, Jeff Elam and Ed Barry. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Oleo Sponge successful in real-world conditions off California coast

Argonne’s Oleo Sponge, developed to clean oil spills, lived up to its promise in an experiment conducted off the coast of Southern California, in April.

July 17, 2018
Argonne will partner with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University on the Energy Frontier Research Center focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Dept. of Energy taps Argonne to lead effort focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems

Argonne National Laboratory has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems.

July 2, 2018
What does the future hold for plug-in electric vehicles? To find out, Argonne researchers examined 40 studies from more than a dozen counties. The future of these vehicles may depend upon their range, available charging infrastructure and the price and technology of batteries. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Checking the global pulse for electric vehicles

A team of Argonne researchers has reviewed 40 automotive market diffusion models from 16 countries to help determine how many plug-in electric vehicles consumers will buy over the next few decades.

May 25, 2018
Argonne researchers have created a very-low-friction dry lubricant that has hundreds of industrial applications and can be used virtually wherever two pieces of metal rub together in dry conditions. Left to right: Mathew Cherukara, Ali Erdemir, Badri Narayanan, Alexander Zinovev, Anirudha Sumant and Subramanian Sankaranarayanan. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nanodiamonds are forever

Argonne researchers have created a self-generating, very-low-friction dry lubricant that lasts so long it could almost be confused with forever.

May 10, 2018
Power plants that balance nuclear and renewable energy could increase revenues from electricity markets and reduce variable operating and maintenance costs, according to Argonne scientists. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Vaclav Volrab and Argonne National Laboratory.)
Balancing nuclear and renewable energy

Argonne researchers explore the benefits of adjusting the output of nuclear power plants according to the changing supply of renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

April 25, 2018
John Carlisle, director of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne, is seen here introducing the opening of the second CRI cohort pitch on February 7. Six innovators were chosen from that competition and will work to grow their technologies at Argonne over the next two years. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne selects innovators from across nation to grow startups

Argonne announces second cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations.

April 18, 2018
Argonne scientists Khalil Amine and David Streets have been named to the Web of Science’s Highly Cited List of 2017. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Two Argonne scientists recognized for a decade of breakthroughs

Two scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have been named to the Web of Science’s Highly Cited List of 2017, ranking in the top 1 percent of their peers by citations and subject area. Materials Scientist Khalil Amine and Energy and Environmental Policy Scientist David Streets say they are thrilled to see their work — and the laboratory — recognized in such a way.

January 10, 2018
Argonne won several R&D 100 Awards for its reusable Oleo Sponge, which can clean up oil spills from water and absorb up to 90 times its own weight in oil. Argonne researchers who helped develop the Oleo Sponge include Jeff Elam, Ed Barry, Seth Darling, Jason Avila, Anil Mane and Joe Libera (from left to right). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne scientists capture several R&D 100 Awards

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently earned several R&D 100 Awards.

November 21, 2017
DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million for nine projects in three divisions. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Department of Energy awards flow into Argonne

DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million in projects as part of the DOE’s Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) in September.

October 18, 2017