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Three-dimensional strain evolution in situ of a single LiNi<sub>0.5</sub>Mn<sub>1.5</sub>O<sub>4</sub> nanoparticle in a coin cell battery under operando conditions during charge/discharge cycles with coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. (Click image to enlarge)
New imaging capability reveals possible key to extending battery lifetime, capacity

A new method developed for studying battery failures points to a potential next step in extending lithium ion battery lifetime and capacity, opening a path to wider use of these batteries in conjunction with renewable energy sources

September 25, 2014
A new analysis tool developed at Argonne National Laboratory called JOBSNG helps policymakers or developers estimate the potential economic impacts of building new natural gas fueling stations. Photo credit: Shutterstock. (Click image to enlarge)
New tool predicts economic impacts of natural gas stations

Researchers at Argonne announced a new tool today for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

September 24, 2014
A mechanical stress testing setup with a custom-built compact furnace and cooling system that mimic extreme operating conditions on turbine engines at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Photo credit: DLR. (Click image to enlarge)
Novel capability enables first test of real turbine engine conditions

Manufacturers of turbine engines for airplanes, automobiles and electric generation plants could expedite the development of more durable, energy-efficient turbine blades thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the German Aerospace Center and the universities of Central Florida and Cleveland State.

September 16, 2014
Techniques at Argonne’s Electron Microscopy Center helped scientists get a complete picture of this chemical reaction. Over the course of the reaction, the nanorod on the top left is slowly covered with a growth of copper deposits from the solution. Maps showed the locations of the elements in the reaction: Ag, or yellow, representing silver; blue representing gold, Au; and Cu, copper, shown in red. Images courtesy Nestor Zaluzec / Argonne National Laboratory Electron Microscopy Center. Click image to enlarge.
Electron microscopes take first measurements of nanoscale chemistry in action

Scientists’ underwater cameras got a boost this summer from the Electron Microscopy Center at Argonne National Laboratory. Along with colleagues at the University of Manchester, researchers captured the world’s first real-time images and simultaneous chemical analysis of nanostructures while “underwater,” or in solution.

September 3, 2014
Argonne's Advanced Photon Source. Click to enlarge.
Mysteries of space dust revealed

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself. This is the first time synchrotron light sources have been used to look at microscopic particles caught in the path of a comet.

August 29, 2014
A new study from Argonne provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us. (Click image to enlarge.)
Home is where the microbes are: Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

A study published today in Science reports provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments.

August 28, 2014
Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) to develop the Prototype Generation-IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor. KAERI’s Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor Development Agency has provided $6.78 million funding to date for Argonne’s contributions through a Work-for-Others contract. Pictured are Jong Kyung Kim (left), President of KAERI, and Peter Littlewood, Argonne Laboratory Director, during a signing ceremony at Argonne. Click to enlarge.
Argonne, KAERI to develop prototype nuclear reactor

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute to develop the Prototype Generation-IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor. KAERI’s Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor Development Agency has provided $6.78 million funding to date for Argonne’s contributions through a Work-for-Others contract.

August 25, 2014
The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. Click to enlarge.
Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds.

August 25, 2014
The research seeks to create a fuel cell that would both produce electricity and convert methane gas to ethane or ethylene that could then be converted to a liquid fuel or valuable chemicals. These cells could use natural gas—which is mostly made up of methane, above—directly.
Turning methane into usable liquid fuel: Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne to receive $2M for hybrid fuel cells

Researchers from Argonne and the Illinois Institute of Technology were awarded $2 million over the course of two years to fund studies on hybrid fuel cells from ARPA-E.

August 4, 2014
A false-color image of a microelectromechanical device. The diamond-based actuator is colored gold. Click to enlarge. Image credit: Ani Sumant.
Thin diamond films provide new material for micro-machines

Researchers at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and a handful of other institutions around the world have directed their focus to exploring microelectromechanical systems made of a relatively new material known as ultrananocrystalline diamond, which is a smooth and wear-resistant diamond thin film.

July 31, 2014