Argonne National Laboratory

Research Groups

Argonne’s Materials Science Division contains eleven research groups, each of which have a unique identity but work in concert to further the goals of the laboratory and the Department of Energy, finding new ways to manipulate materials for new effects or to better use energy.  The creation of novel materials, and the analysis and control of their properties offers a unique pathway toward new devices and technological breakthroughs.

Functional Nanoscale Heterostructures

The 3D Visualization group explores the behavior of magnetic, ferroelectric and resistive switching structure

Condensed Matter Theory

Condensed Matter Theory research at Argonne covers broad areas of condensed and soft matter physics, including superconductivity, magnetism, low-dimensional systems, quantum mesoscopic phenomena, and active self-assembled systems.

Emerging Materials

Emerging Materials is a physics-based materials discovery program. Our objective is to develop a fundamental understanding of the electronic and/or magnetic behavior of complex materials including transition metal oxides, pnictides, chalcogenides, and main group halides.

Energy Conversion and Storage

The EC&SG focuses on the design, characterization and synthesis of multifunctional electrochemical interfaces that are urgently needed to deliver reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly energy in both aqueous systems and organic solvents.

Institute for Molecular Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Engineering, housed at Argonne in the Materials Science Division, is addressing a set of key research areas that seek to produce key advances in a number different areas. Each one aims at a major societal problem of global significance: Arts, Sciences, and Technology; Energy Storage and Harvesting; Immuno-Engineering and Cancer; Molecular Engineering of Water Resources; Quantum Information and Technology; and Nano-Patterning and Nanolithography.

Magnetic Films

The Magnetic Films Group creates, explores and produces new insights into novel fundamental physics and new materials related to magnetic phenomena.

Molecular Materials

The Molecular Materials Group synthesizes, characterizes, and computationally models novel materials whose unique properties originate at the molecular and atomic level. Our expertise in synthesis gives us the ability to tailor structures with nanoscale and subnanometer control, giving rise to catalytic properties for energy conversion and storage. This is combined with a computational effort based on electronic structure methods and molecular dynamics simulations that provides insight into properties of new materials being explored in our group as well as in other Argonne programs.

Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

The Neutron and X-ray Scattering Group investigates the structure and dynamics of bulk and interfacial strongly correlated electron systems with a particular focus on the role of phase competition in generating complex phenomena of interest, such as superconductivity, magnetism, and thermoelectricity.

Superconductivity and Magnetism

We explore the novel physical phenomena associated with superconductivity and its interplay with magnetism, as well as the fundamental aspects of out-of-equilibrium dynamics and self-assembly of bio-inspired materials for emerging applications.

Surface Chemistry

The Surface Chemistry Group investigates ways to improve our influence over and understanding of surface species, composition, and structure at length scales that range from the atomic level to the microscale. The group’s expertise includes atomic layer deposition and epitaxy, time-of-flight ion mass spectrometry, tunable laser spectroscopy, ion sputtering, optoelectronic and electrochemical characterization, and device assembly.

Synchrotron Studies of Materials

We focus on the use of cutting-edge synchrotron X-ray techniques to advance the development of new functional materials. The work is organized into two primary thrusts, the Synchrotron Radiation Studies (SRS) team that develops and applies new X-ray techniques; and the Proximity Effects in Charged Oxide Heterostructures (PECOH) team that develops new functional materials for energy-related applications.

Threat Detection and Analysis Group

The mission of the Threat Detection and Analysis Group is to develop technologies to detect and characterize threats in harsh, complicated, or cluttered environments by using state-of-the-art scientific processes coupled with novel engineering strategies.