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Argonne chemist Jeff Elam examines solar cell materials prepared using atomic layer deposition at various stages of fabrication.
Everything under the sun: Refining solar cell technology at Argonne

"If you thought of powering America as trying to fill a swimming pool," said Argonne materials scientist George Crabtree, "then the energy from the sun's rays would give you enough to fill Lake Michigan."

October 1, 2009
This computer-generated image shows nanotubes, 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, which comprise a new technique developed at Argonne for "growing" solar cells.
Argonne "homegrown" hybrid solar cell aims for low-cost power

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have refined a technique to manufacture solar cells by creating tubes of semiconducting material and then "growing" polymers directly inside them.

November 10, 2009
Argonne researcher Lynn Trahey loads a coin-sized cell on a testing unit used to evaluate electrochemical cycling performance in batteries. Photo by Wes Agresta.
Argonne advanced battery research driving to displace gasoline

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are leveraging their broad and deep understanding of safe, high-energy and long-life Li-ion battery development to leap the high hurdles required for the development of commercially viable Li-air batteries.

December 18, 2009
Argonne scientists discover novel materials approach to fighting cancer

Brain cancer is notoriously difficult to treat with standard cancer-fighting methods, so scientists have been looking outside standard medicine and into nanomaterials as a treatment alternative.

February 8, 2010
This film of block copolymers shows the material's characteristic tendency to separate into distinct regions.
Molecular "stencils" open up new possibilities for solar energy

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have begun to use molecular “stencils” to pave the way to new materials that could potentially find their way into future generations of solar cells, catalysts and photonic crystals.

November 15, 2010
Argonne researchers Anand Bhattacharya (left) and Tiffany Santos flank the molecular beam epitaxy instrument, designed to craft materials with close to atomic precision.
Molecular beam epitaxy facility to design custom materials for scientists

The molecular beam epitaxy facility, located at Argonne National Laboratory, could provide the basis for new materials to improve fuel cells, electronics and batteries.

December 7, 2010
Matthew Tirrell has been appointed founding Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering.
Matthew Tirrell named founding director of UChicago Institute for Molecular Engineering

Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, has been appointed founding Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering, effective July 1.

March 7, 2011
Yugang Sun
Argonne Researcher named top five materials scientist of 2000s

Argonne scientist Yugang Sun has been recognized as the one of the five top materials scientists in the world over the past decade, according to a new ranking recently released by Thomson Reuters.

April 1, 2011
Inorganic surface ligands enable facile electron transport between quantum dots and opened novel opportunities for using nanostructures in solar cells.
New inorganic semiconductor layers hold promise for solar energy

A team of researchers from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory has demonstrated a method that could produce cheaper semiconductor layers for solar cells.

June 1, 2011
A team of researchers at Argonne has developed the new "multilayer Laue lens," that will let scientists study the nanoscale in greater detail than ever before. From left to right: Bing Shi, Lahsen Assoufid, Brian Stephenson, Jörg Maser, Chian Liu, Lisa Gades. Not pictured: Al Macrander.
Argonne-pioneered X-ray lens to aid nanomaterials research

A team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory has developed the new "multilayer Laue lens". This lens focuses high-energy X-rays so tightly they can detect objects as small as 15 nanometers in size and is in principle capable of focusing to well below 10 nanometers.

August 15, 2011