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Starting in November 2017, Robert O. Hettel will oversee the planning, construction and implementation of the upgrade of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Robert O. Hettel to lead APS Upgrade

Robert O. Hettel has been appointed Director of the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade Project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. He will join Argonne in November 2017.
Hettel, a veteran accelerator designer and expert on storage-ring light sources, comes to Argonne from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Laboratory that includes the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL).

September 19, 2017
Researchers at Argonne looked at the dynamics of the transport of certain elements – especially rubidium – at the interface between water and mica, a flat transparent mineral pictured above. (Image by Beth Harvey/Shutterstock.)
Mica provides clue to how water transports minerals

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Delaware, chemists have been able to look at the interface between water and muscovite mica, a flat mineral commonly found in granite, soils and many sediments. In particular, the researchers looked at the capture and release of rubidium – a metal closely related to but more easily singled out than common elements like potassium and sodium.

July 13, 2017
Image of the Lassa virus glycoprotein structure, which is the viral machinery that Lassa virus uses to enter human cells. Researchers hope studies led by researchers at the Scripps Research Institute and partially done at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne could lead to therapies for the disease, which kills thousands every year. (Image courtesy of Scripps Research Institute.)
Argonne X-rays used to help identify a key Lassa virus structure

Research done at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source was vital to the process of identifying the structure, which provides a guide for designing a Lassa virus vaccine. Lassa virus is endemic to Africa and kills thousands of people a year; it is particularly deadly for pregnant women.

June 13, 2017
More than 400 scientific users of the Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials, above, start their annual meeting today at Argonne. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne welcomes scientists to Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials

More than 400 researchers from numerous disciplines will convene at Argonne today for the annual Users’ Meeting for the Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials.

May 8, 2017
A representation of the structure of a protein from the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which causes foodborne illness, with an inhibitor molecule bound. (Image by Lizbeth Hedstrom (Brandeis University)/University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Battling infectious diseases with 3-D protein structures

A team of scientists used the Advanced Photon Source to find the 3-D structures of more than 1,000 proteins to be used for drug and vaccine research.

April 25, 2017
Argonne researchers are the first to capture the formation of nanomaterial defects in near-real time. Their work will help other researchers model the behavior of materials, a step that is key to engineering stronger, more reliable materials. (Image by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.)
For first time ever, X-ray imaging at Argonne captures material defect process

Researchers at Argonne have discovered a new approach to detail the formation of material defects at the atomic scale and in near-real time, an important step that could assist in engineering better and stronger new materials.

January 16, 2017
The NekCEM/Nek5000: Release 4.0: Scalable High-Order Simulation Codes, a set of codes developed by  Argonne researcher Misun Min and Paul Fischer with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  won a 2016 R&D100 award. (Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne researchers win three 2016 R&D 100 Awards

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at Argonne and their partners earned three 2016 R&D 100 Awards.

November 8, 2016
The collaboration between Argonne and Kyma Technologies will center on the development of advanced semiconductor devices for application in photovoltaics (pictured), advanced power electronics, optoelectronics and solid-state lighting. (Image by Franco Lucato/Shutterstock)
Argonne and Kyma Technologies win spot in second cohort of Technologist In Residence Program

A collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory and Kyma Technologies focusing on advanced semiconductor devices has earned a spot in the second cohort of DOE’s Technologist In Residence (TIR) Program.

October 6, 2016
Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of solid oxide fuel cells to make them even more efficient and robust. In doing so, they’ve observed a new type of phase transition in an oxide material.
Technique improves the efficacy of fuel cells

Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of solid oxide fuel cells to make them even more efficient and robust. In doing so, they’ve observed a new type of phase transition in an oxide material.

May 16, 2016
Argonne X-ray physicist Haidan Wen received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years. Photo by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory; click to view larger.
X-ray scientist Haidan Wen wins DOE Early Career Award

Argonne X-ray physicist Haidan Wen received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years.

May 3, 2016