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Argonne nanoscientist Seth Darling is using a new 95-kilowatt array at Argonne to study how various types of solar panels perform in the Midwest region.
Something new under the sun: Argonne makes sustainability strides

Argonne grew a fine crop of solar panels last summer.

September 13, 2013
How your smartphone got so smart

The breakthroughs that let you fit a computer in your pocket, and where we're going from here.

September 13, 2013
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
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
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
An international team of scientists using Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (above) has devised a way to overcome the distortion caused by sample environments used with the X-rays to improve spatial resolution imaging by two orders of magnitude. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
High-pressure imaging breakthrough a boon for nanotechnology

The study of nanoscale material just got much easier, and the design of nanoscale technology could get much more efficient, thanks to an advance in X-ray analysis.

April 9, 2013
A high-resolution transmission electron microscopy image of the core of a single silver nanowire. The scale bar represents 5 nm in length.  The image was taken on the Argonne Chromatic Aberration-corrected TEM (ACAT) machine.
Sterling science: Strain in silver nanoparticles creates unusual “twinning”

When twins are forced to share, it can put a significant strain on their relationship. While this observation is perhaps unsurprising in the behavior of children, it is less obvious when it comes to nanoparticles.

August 27, 2012
“The possibilities of science are limitless,” said high school senior Avinash Prakash.  “Science is continually growing.  Through research we are part of a continuing process.”
New program puts high school students in role of scientists

In commencement speeches across the country, graduates have been warned to expect rocky times breaking into the workforce. Unemployment hovers between 8 and 9 percent. Competition is tough.

June 6, 2012
While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, they’re also well-loved by scientists working to enhance the performance of electronic devices. Two new studies performed at Argonne have revealed a new pathway for materials scientists to use previously unexplored properties of nanocrystalline-diamond thin films.
Diamond brightens the performance of electronic devices

While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, they’re also well-loved by scientists working to enhance the performance of electronic devices.

March 12, 2012
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