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These silver nanoplates are decorated with silver oxy salt nanoparticles along the edges. These nanostructures were grown under irradiation of high-energy x-rays, which allowed scientists to "watch" them grow in real time. The image is from a scanning electron microscope.
Argonne scientists watch the birth of nanoparticles for the first time

The revolutionary technique allows researchers to learn about the early stages of nanoparticle generation, long a mystery due to inadequate probing methods, and could lead to improved performance of the nanomaterials in applications including solar cells, sensing and more.

October 1, 2010
New technique allows 3-D visualization of quantum property

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique that maps the magnetic vector potential — one of the most important electromagnetic quantities and a foundation of quantum mechanics — in three dimensions.

September 28, 2010
Argonne named three outstanding scientists as Distinguished Fellows this year. From left: Amanda Petford-Long, Orlando Auciello and Ali Erdemir.
Argonne announces three new Distinguished Fellows

Argonne National Laboratory has named scientists Amanda Petford-Long, Orlando Auciello and Ali Erdemir as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank.

June 17, 2010
Argonne scientist Yugang Sun examines silver chloride nanowires. The nanowires, when decorated with gold nanoparticles, can have pollution-controlling properties.
Gold nanoparticles create visible-light catalysis in nanowires

A scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has created visible-light catalysis, using silver chloride nanowires decorated with gold nanoparticles, that may decompose organic molecules in polluted water.

June 15, 2010
Assistant physicist Zhang Jiang (from left) examines a X-ray diffraction as physicist Jin Wang and nanoscientist Xiao-Min Lin prepare a sample at one of the Advanced Photon Source’s beamlines. The Argonne scientists have examined nanoparticle crystallization in unprecedented detail using the high powered X-rays of the APS.
Argonne scientists reveal secret of nanoparticle crystallization in real time

A collaboration between the Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory has "seen" the crystallization of nanoparticles in unprecedented detail.

May 14, 2010
Argonne scientists (from left) Stefan Vajda, Larry Curtiss and Jeff Greeley have developed a new way of creating propylene that eliminates the many environmentally unfriendly by-products.
Scientists develop green method to produce propylene oxide

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have identified a new class of silver-based catalysts for the production of the industrially useful chemical propylene oxide that is both environmentally friendly and less expensive.

April 8, 2010
These are MEMS used to detect the presence of the Casimir Force.
Argonne scientists to control attractive force for nanoelectromechanical systems

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are developing a way to control the Casimir force, a quantum mechanical force which attracts objects when they are only a hundred nanometers apart.

December 10, 2009
Construction on a new microscopy building at the Center for Nanoscale Materials has been completed and should be ready for occupancy by the end of fall.
Argonne dedicates new microscopy facility at Center for Nanoscale Materials

The Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory dedicated its new scanning probing microscopy building recently during its annual users conference. The new building will house a new scanning probe microscope that measures spin-polarized electrons on surfaces.

October 22, 2009
Argonne scientists find new set of multiferroic materials

The trail to a new multiferroic started with the theories of an Argonne National Laboratory scientist and ended with a multidisciplinary collaboration that created a material with potential impact on next generation electronics.

October 20, 2009
Elena Shevchenko, recently named one of Technology Review's top young innovators, is a member of Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials. (Photo courtesy Technology Review.)
Argonne scientist named one of the world's top innovators

Elena Shevchenko, nanoscientist at Argonne National Laboratory, has joined a select list of the world's youngest top innovators chosen by Technology Review magazine for her work at Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials.

August 25, 2009