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Argonne researchers produce trace amounts of hydrogen with visible light by merging light-collecting proteins from a single-celled organism with a graphene platform. Both graphene and protein absorb the light and re-direct electrons towards the titanium dioxide. Electrons interact with protons at the site of the platinum nanoparticles to produce hydrogen. Credit: John Lambert. (Click image to enlarge)
A nanosized hydrogen generator

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a small scale “hydrogen generator” that uses light and a two-dimensional graphene platform to boost production of the hard-to-make element.

September 19, 2014
Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman (left), Argonne Lab Director Peter Littlewood (middle), Congressman Dan Lipinski (right), and birthday boy and fundraiser Milo Greenspon (middle, front) pose at the Fire's Toyota Park stadium on Sept. 13, 2014. Photo credit: Justin H.S. Breaux. (Click image to enlarge)
Director Littlewood takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Peter Littlewood, Director of Argonne National Laboratory, joined the ranks of the charitably frigid by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Saturday night at the Chicago Fire’s Toyota Par

September 17, 2014
This 3D structural model of the SemiSWEET protein was based on data collected at the NE-CAT beamline at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source . The two colors (green and purple) represent two copies of the protein molecules that, when joined, function as a single unit to allow sugar molecules across the membrane. Credit: Feng et al. (Click image to enlarge)
X-rays unlock a protein’s SWEET side

Sugar is a vital source of energy for both plants and animals alike. Understanding just how sugar makes its way into the cell could lead to the design of better drugs for diabetes patients and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables farmers are able to grow. Stanford University researchers have recently uncovered one of these “pathways” into the cell by piecing together proteins slightly wider than the diameter of a strand of spider silk.

September 12, 2014
The Argonne Distinguished Fellow title is comparable in stature to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university and recognizes exceptional contributions in a person's field. The rank is given for sustained outstanding scientific and engineering research and can also be associated with outstanding technical leadership of major, complex, high-priority projects. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne names Distinguished Fellows for 2014

Argonne has named scientists Paul Messina, Michael Borland, U. (Balu) Balachandran, and Yousry Gohar as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank.

September 9, 2014
Argonne Laboratory Director Peter Littlewood (left) talks with a small business owner during the second annual "Doing Business with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories" event. Click to enlarge.
More than 150 attend second joint Argonne-Fermilab small business fair

On Thursday, Aug. 28, Illinois' two national laboratories – Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories – joined forces for the second year in a row to host their popular small business fair.

September 2, 2014
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