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Middle school and high school teachers in an Argonne lab learn about the chemistry of combustion attempting to answer the question “are biofuels better than fossil fuels.” Teacher-led discussions explore the energy capacity of different fuels by comparing and contrasting liquid and solid fuels. Photo credit: Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Argonne/iBIO Center partnership sets sights on new teaching methods

Argonne and iBIO EDUCATE Center team up to give middle school and high school teachers an inquiry-based platform with which to teach their students the Next Generation Science Standards in a three-day workshop called “Farm to Flight: Can Biofuels Green Aviation?”

August 26, 2014
"This new method gives a way of delivering the dose of therapeutic cargo much more directly, which will enable us to have the same overall effect with a lower total dose, reducing the unpleasant and dangerous side effects of chemotherapy," said oncologist Ezra Cohen, an author of the study. Click to enlarge.
New nanotech invention improves effectiveness of the 'penicillin of cancer'

By combining magnetic nanoparticles with one of the most common and effective chemotherapy drugs, Argonne researchers have created a way to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into the nucleus of cancer cells.

August 13, 2014
Argonne Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division Director Emilio Bunel was honored for his "efforts leading, collaborating, and initiating key programs and research." Click to enlarge.
Bunel named Luminary Honoree by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation

Argonne Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division Director Emilio Bunel recently was selected as a Luminary Honoree by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation, or HENAAC. The award “honors [Bunel’s] efforts leading, collaborating, and initiating key programs and research.”

August 12, 2014
Argonne's African American Black Club awards scholarships to high school students

The African American Black Club (AABC) at Argonne has awarded four scholarships to promising local Illinois high school students to help fund their STEM academic goals.

July 30, 2014
A recent Argonne study has called into question the existence of silicene, thought to be one of the world’s newest and hottest two-dimensional nanomaterials. Pictured are researchers (clockwise from bottom left) Nathan Guisinger, Andrew J. Mannix, Brian Kiraly and Brandon L. Fisher. Photo credit: Wes Agresta, Argonne National Laboratory. Click image to enlarge.
Silicene: To be or not to be?

A recent study at Argonne National Laboratory has called into question the existence of silicene, thought to be one of the world’s newest and hottest two-dimensional nanomaterials. The study may have great implications to a multi-billion dollar electronics industry that seeks to revolutionize technology at scales 80,000 times smaller than the human hair.

July 24, 2014
Argonne Hispanic Latino Club awards $6K in STEM scholarships

In June, Argonne National Laboratory’s Hispanic Latino Club (HLC) presented $6,000 in academic scholarships to students pursuing careers in s

June 13, 2014
Argonne is helping Chicago city planners design a new community on the site of an old U.S. steel plant. Models can help designers get a handle on the enormous complexities of travel and transit, electricity and energy use, and infrastructure, for example. Click on the image to enlarge.
A second city in the Second City

Argonne is helping Chicago city planners design a new community on the site of an old U.S. steel plant. Models can help designers get a handle on the enormous complexities of travel and transit, electricity and energy use, and infrastructure, for example.

June 1, 2014
In the 20th century, scientists began to learn exactly how bad soot is for human health—it accelerates heart failure and burrows into lung tissue, aggravating asthma and respiratory conditions. More recently, scientists have started to realize that carbon particulates play a second unwelcome role: the second largest contributor to climate change.  Click image to enlarge.
The Volcano of a Hundred Thousand Mouths

Tiny carbon particles could play a larger role in climate change than we thought.

June 1, 2014
As a middle-schooler, Mia Cochrane (at right, in orange) attended a 2007 Argonne workshop that pairs students with women engineers and scientists. Click image to enlarge.
Argonne helps introduce girls to engineering careers

As Mia Cochrane walks among the tall jack pines on the campus of Michigan Tech University, she represents a success story.

June 1, 2014
Argonne chemist Trevor Dzwiniel sets up a reaction calorimeter at the Materials Engineering Research Facility, which is designed specifically to help get lab breakthroughs more quickly to shelves.
Argonne’s new and improved industry and business outreach

During the last two and a half years, Argonne Technology Development & Commercialization—the business outreach arm of Argonne—underwent an extensive makeover that has put it in the best possible position to help ensure the nation's security and economic prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear-related challenges.

June 1, 2014