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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
This T-shaped battery, a replica of the battery used in the Chevy Volt, includes Argonne cathode technology. LG Chem licensed the materials and created the battery. Image courtesy General Motors.
Argonne battery technology helps power Chevy Volt

This month, thousands of new Chevy Volt owners will begin the real road tests of the first mass-produced plug-in hybrid electric car. While much of the car's engineering is unique, consumers may be unaware that some of its most extraordinary technology is inside the nearly 400-lb. battery that powers the vehicle in electric mode.

January 1, 2011
Argonne National Laboratory has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems. The deal marks the fifth licensing agreement for the Argonne-developed cathode technology.
Argonne, Envia strike deal to license advanced battery technology

Argonne National Laboratory has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems, based in Newark, Calif.

January 1, 2011
Workers document transuranic waste processing at Argonne's Building 205 facility, recently reclassified after ARRA funds helped the lab remove radiological material.
Crucial building reclassified after extensive waste removal

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January 2, 2011
The SAMM facility at Argonne National Laboratory achieved LEED Gold certification for its energy-efficient design, including a reflective white roof that lowers cooling costs in summer.
Argonne microscopy facility receives LEED Gold award

Argonne’s Sub-Angstrom Microscopy and Microanalysis facility, a building that houses cutting-edge microscopes that enable scientists to observe atoms and molecules at work, is so energy-efficient that it won a gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

January 4, 2011
Eric Isaacs speaks at the Brookings Institution.
Brookings Institution Panel Discussion

Argonne director Eric Isaacs and Energy Storage Initiative head Jeff Chamberlain spoke at a panel hosted by the Brookings Institution on February 8, 2011.

February 8, 2011
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
This Thursday, Jeopardy! champions Argonne

This national laboratory is a category on the game show Jeopardy! this week. If you answered "What is Argonne National Laboratory?" you'd have buzzed in correctly!

March 8, 2011
Protein biologists find new chink in staph's armor

Using powerful X-ray beams from the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign documented how a key enzyme enables staph to make a coating that protects the bacteria from human white blood cells.

March 24, 2011
Argonne physicist Richard Pardo stands next to CARIBU, which opened this week to create rare neutron-rich nuclei for physicists to study.
Argonne's CARIBU facility opens to study rare nuclei

Last week, a stream of highly unusual ions shot through a tiny nozzle at 76 million miles per hour—and CARIBU, a facility designed to study special nuclei normally only created in stars, officially opened for business.

March 31, 2011