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Anirudha Sumant is the first Argonne scientist to win two R&D 100 awards in the same year.  In all, he has now won three R&D 100 awards, all related to his work on nanocrystalline diamond. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
The brilliance of diamonds

Nanocrystalline diamond-related devices developed by Argonne nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant garnered Argonne two of the 2013 R&D 100 awards.

August 20, 2013
Shacara Samuels (left) and Sebastian Despiau (right) are recipients of Argonne's African American Black Club Academic Scholarship Award. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Students receive Argonne’s African American Black Club Academic Scholarship Award

Argonne’s 2013 African American Black Club (AABC) Academic Scholarship Award has been presented to Shacara Samuels and Sebastian Despiau.

August 19, 2013
Interns help EcoCAR coalitions by expanding the number of outreach events they are capable of each year. Here, Alicia Cox, past intern for the Yellowstone-Teton Coalition, staffs a booth at an outreach event. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Students gear up for sustainability now and in the future

Working with Argonne, DOE’s Clean Cities program launched the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) in 2010 to provide the automotive and energy sectors with skilled and knowledgeable talent to help shape the future of on-road transportation.

August 19, 2013
At the GeoSoilEnviroCARS beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, scientists mapped slices of 24 brittle starfish skeletons in 3 dimensions using X-ray tomography to find out how much volume the eroded skeletons had lost, and to reconstruct their structures. Photo courtesy of Shawn Harper. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Dissolving brittle stars hint at implications of ocean acidification

Using the Advanced Photon Source, researchers set out to establish the rate at which brittle stars are dissolving in order to track the effects of ocean acidification on underwater ecosystems.

August 15, 2013
“The power of the collaboration comes from uniting different perspectives and expertise around the same problem,” Argonne's Chris Marshall said. “No single investigator or single lab could reasonably expect to complete this kind of work alone.” To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Researchers hope better catalysts lead to better ways of converting biomass to fuel

Scientists and entrepreneurs of old spent millennia trying to transmute lead into gold. Today, a new and more intellectually rigorous kind of alchemy has begun to produce important benefits for an economy that still relies heavily on fossil fuels.

August 7, 2013
This map catalogues the layers of sediment that make up the Mahomet Aquifer in central Illinois. Researchers at Argonne studied the microbes living deep inside the aquifer. Image courtesy Ted Flynn, Argonne National Laboratory. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Methane-eating microbes found in Illinois aquifer

A survey finds unusual methane-eating archaea in an Illinois aquifer.

July 24, 2013
Amanda Petford-Long is Director of Argonne's Nanscience and Technology Division as well as the lab's Center for Nanoscale Materials.
Center for Nanoscale Materials Director Petford-Long chats with 'Science in Parliament'

Amanda Petford-Long, Director of Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials, answers questions for the Summer 2013 issue of Science in Parliament.

July 23, 2013
Q&A: Satellite-based emissions tracking

Argonne-led project examines greenhouse gases from space.

July 22, 2013
Priyanka Ketkar will begin her studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall. “I’m impressed by Priyanka’s achievements,” Argonne Chemical Engineer Diane Graziano said. “This is a wonderful scholarship program that Argonne’s involved in, encouraging smart young scholars to pursue careers in engineering.” To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne sponsors aspiring green energy researcher through Society of Women Engineers program

Argonne sponsored scholarship winner, Priyanka Ketkar, talks about her love of science and engineering and her plans for the future.

July 17, 2013
Illustration of the nano-layer at the liquid interface between the salt solution and mercury. Physicists from Kiel University discovered the formation of an ordered crystal of exactly five atomic layers between the two liquids with brilliant X-rays. To view a larger version of the image, click on it. Image courtesy Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.
Nanocrystals grow from liquid interface

An international collaboration of scientists has discovered a unique crystalizing behavior at the interface between two immiscible liquids that could aid in sustainable energy development.

May 16, 2013