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This image depicts the selective functionalization of methane molecules, a chemical process that makes them more technologically desirable. The methane molecules are shown as one gray carbon atom connected to four white hydrogen atoms. The orange crystals at bottom represent the metal-organic frameworks in which the reaction takes place. (Image by Xuan Zhang, Northwestern University.)
Uncovering a missing link from methane to methanol

Microscopic crystalline structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. Now, a research team from Argonne and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs.

June 22, 2018
From left to right: Argonne’s Prasanna Balaprakash, Karen Mulfort and Zhang Jiang are among the 84 scientists who received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Three Argonne scientists receive DOE early career awards

Three Argonne researchers have earned the DOE’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards.

June 21, 2018
This week’s joint APS-CNM Users Meeting will allow users to share their scientific results with their peers; participate in engaging classes, lectures and workshops in cutting-edge science; and consult with more than 60 vendors whose products and services can help augment their research. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
APS-CNM Users Meeting helps scientists plan for an even brighter future

The Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials will host the APS-CNM Users Meeting to be held at Argonne from May 7 to 10.

May 9, 2018
University of Chicago graduate student Joshua Riback received the 2018 Rosalind Franklin Investigator Award from Argonne’s APS Users Organization. Riback’s research focuses on the link between the biophysical properties of macromolecules and the principles of biological phenomena. (Image by The University of Chicago.)
U of C student receives 2018 Rosalind Franklin Investigator Award

A University of Chicago graduate student in Biophysical Sciences has received the 2018 Rosalind Franklin Investigator Award from the Advanced Photon Source Users Organization.

May 1, 2018
Susan Bettenhausen (left), William Jansma (right) and Matthew Kasa (center) work on the helical superconducting undulator being readied for installation at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory / Richard Fenner.)
Sending electrons on a roller-coaster ride

A first-of-its-kind X-ray instrument for frontier research with high-brightness X-rays is now in operation at Argonne National Laboratory. The new device uses a unique superconducting technology that speeds electrons on a path much like that of a roller coaster.

April 11, 2018
Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers identified a form of water known as Ice-VII, which was trapped within diamonds that crystallized deep in the Earth’s mantle. (Image courtesy of the University of Chicago.)
Argonne’s powerful X-rays key to confirming water source deep below Earth’s surface

A study published in Science last week relies on extremely bright X-ray beams from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory to confirm the presence of naturally occurring water at least 410 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. This exciting discovery could change our understanding of how water circulates deep in the Earth’s mantle and how heat escapes from the lower regions of our planet.

March 23, 2018
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (second from right) toured the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility with Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Directorate (third from left). Accompanying the Secretary were Argonne Director Paul Kearns (far left), U.S. Representative Bill Foster (second from left), DOE’s Joanna M. Livengood (right) and others. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne welcomes Department of Energy Secretary Perry

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Argonne National Laboratory yesterday, getting a first-hand view of the multifaceted and interdisciplinary research program laboratory of the Department.

January 10, 2018
Argonne researchers have gotten a better look at how the molecular structures of organic solar cells form, which provides new insights that can improve their efficiency. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Dave Weaver.)
Going organic

Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers analyzed how organic solar cells’ crystal structures develop as they are produced under different conditions. With the APS, researchers learned how certain additives affect the microstructures obtained, providing new insights that can improve the cells’ efficiency.

January 9, 2018
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