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Argonne postdoctoral researcher Ed Barry wrings out a sheet of Oleo Sponge during tests at Argonne. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory; click to view larger.
Argonne invents reusable sponge that soaks up oil, could revolutionize oil spill and diesel cleanup

Scientists at Argonne have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge, that not only easily adsorbs spilled oil from water, but is also reusable and can pull dispersed oil from the entire water column—not just the surface.

March 6, 2017
Entreprenuers embedded at Argonne National Laboratory through the Chain Reaction Innovations program will be surrounded by more than 1,600 scientists and engineers and world-leading R&D tools such as the Advanced Photon Source, above. (Click image to view larger.)
Innovators drawn to Illinois by Argonne National Laboratory’s first embedded entrepreneurship program

In an event with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Senator Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chain Reaction Innovations, the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory, announced the selection of its first members and mentor partners.

December 19, 2016
Argonne environmental analyst Hao Cai, environmental scientist Jiali Wang and climate scientist Yan Feng observe a U.S. map that plots the albedo effects observed across various agro-ecological zones. (Image by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne researchers study how reflectivity of biofuel crops impacts climate

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have conducted a detailed study of the albedo (reflectivity) effects of converting land to grow biofuel crops.

November 21, 2016
The collaboration between Argonne and Kyma Technologies will center on the development of advanced semiconductor devices for application in photovoltaics (pictured), advanced power electronics, optoelectronics and solid-state lighting. (Image by Franco Lucato/Shutterstock)
Argonne and Kyma Technologies win spot in second cohort of Technologist In Residence Program

A collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory and Kyma Technologies focusing on advanced semiconductor devices has earned a spot in the second cohort of DOE’s Technologist In Residence (TIR) Program.

October 6, 2016
With the support of a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of four institutions thinks that within three years they can bring energy efficiency to your house at one-eighth the cost. (Image by Delpixel/Shutterstock.)
A novel way to power greener homes

Argonne National Laboratory, Colorado-based Air Squared, Inc., Mississippi State University and Purdue University launched efforts to develop the first residential combined heating and power system that uses small generators. The group’s proposal to optimize combined heating and power systems for residential housing earned $2.7 million in seed money in October from ARPA-E.

September 28, 2016
Jeffrey L. Binder has been appointed new Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security at Argonne. (Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne appoints new associate laboratory director for energy and global security

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announces the appointment of Jeffrey L. Binder to the position of Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security (EGS).

September 21, 2016
Argonne National Laboratory mechanical engineer Wenhua Yu prepares to test a prototype thermal energy storage system developed at Argonne that will charge and discharge 20 times faster than current high-efficiency latent heat thermal energy storage systems. Testing validates the amount of thermal energy that can be stored and how efficiently it can be recovered for concentrated solar power and other potential applications.
Argonne technology puts solar power to work all night long

Current thermal energy storage systems for solar power plants rely on materials of low energy density and thermal conductivity, requiring more material at greater cost to meet storage requirements. To combat this challenge, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory designed an inexpensive thermal energy storage system that will be significantly smaller with over 20 times better thermal performance than current systems.

September 12, 2016
In one of the collaborations, XL Hybrids Inc. of Boston intends to perform chassis dyno testing, validation and improvement of its XL3 hybrid electric upfit for the diesel Isuzu Reach Class 3 truck in Argonne's high-fidelity testing environment.
Energy Department awards five new Argonne-business collaborations under Small Business Vouchers pilot

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the DOE national laboratories.

August 23, 2016
Yan (Joann) Zhou, principal transportation systems analyst, talks to members of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Clean Vehicles Consortium (CVC), which had its annual meeting at Argonne this month. Zhou is the operations manager of the U.S. CERC-CVC. (photo by Wes Agresta)
Chinese delegation visits Argonne for vehicle research project meeting

More than 100 researchers from the United States and China met at Argonne National Laboratory to begin a new phase of collaboration on development of technologies to enhance vehicle efficiency in the two countries. Argonne is leading the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Clean Vehicles Consortium.

August 16, 2016
Argonne researchers, from left, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Badri Narayanan, Ali Erdemir, Giovanni Ramirez and  Osman Levent Eryilmaz show off metal engine parts that have been treated with a diamond-like carbon coating similar to one developed and explored by the team. The catalytic coating interacts with engine oil to create a self-healing diamond-like film that could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines. (photo by Wes Agresta)
Argonne discovery yields self-healing diamond-like carbon

A group of researchers at Argonne discovered a revolutionary diamond-like film that is generated by the heat and pressure of an automotive engine. The discovery of this ultra-durable, self-lubricating tribofilm could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines and other moving metal parts.

August 5, 2016