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A levitating magnet floats above a superconducting surface. Click to enlarge.
Scientists gain new insight into mysterious electronic phenomenon

Thanks to a new Argonne study, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap,” a region of energy levels in which relatively few electrons are allowed to exist.

April 11, 2014
From left: Teacher Heather Scott and students Stephanie Lamas, Dana Bielinski and Smriti Marwaha examine a test tube at Science Careers in Search of Women. Click to enlarge.
Conference shows high school girls their scientific future

High school girls learn about possible careers in science at Argonne’s annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference.

April 7, 2014
Students in a previous challenge watch their cars run. Click to enlarge.
Student engineers design and race battery-powered cars in this year’s Electric Car Competition

The Electric Car Competition features Chicago-area middle school students engineering and building battery-powered cars. This is a supplement to the DOE’s Annual National Science Bowl.

April 3, 2014
Argonne scientists in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel. Click to enlarge.
Photosynthesis, reimagined

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel.

March 27, 2014
As Associate Laboratory Director at Argonne, Peter B. Littlewood has led an innovative cross-disciplinary approach that brings together leading researchers in materials science, physics, chemistry and computation to create new materials with the potential to revolutionize energy science. Click to enlarge.
Peter B. Littlewood appointed Director of Argonne National Laboratory

Peter B. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected to serve as Argonne’s 13th director, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer announced.

March 25, 2014
EcoCAR 2 participants. Click to enlarge.
University competition cars visit Argonne for testing

Three university teams competing to win the EcoCAR 2 challenge will visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory this week. The national contest offers students a unique hands-on experience to select and implement advanced technologies that increase vehicle fuel efficiency.

March 24, 2014
The coordinated effort announced today combines JCESR’s deep knowledge of the basic science in energy storage research with NASA Glenn’s expertise engineering battery technologies with aerospace applications. Click to enlarge.
JCESR and NASA team up to conduct research for next-generation batteries to be used in space

The U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) and NASA Glenn Research Center are collaborating to develop next-generation batteries for use in future space missions.

March 19, 2014
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin talked Monday about how beneficial it would be for the U.S. to gain more control over its energy future. Click to enlarge.
Sen. Durbin and Rep. Foster help dedicate Energy Sciences Building

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11) helped formally dedicate on Monday the new Energy Sciences Building at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

March 14, 2014
Researchers at Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have teamed up to convert platinum-nickel polyhedra into bare frames that had a much richer platinum content. Click to enlarge.
Nanoframe of mind

Researchers at Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have teamed up to convert platinum-nickel polyhedra into bare frames that had a much richer platinum content.

March 10, 2014
A schematic shows different nanoparticle configurations possible with a new technique to create custom bimetallic nanoparticles. Click to enlarge.
Two metals are better than one

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, people have appreciated the advantages of using alloys rather than single metals to make better materials. Recently, scientists have discovered a recipe for making tiny two-metal structures that could similarly expand the forefront of materials science.

March 4, 2014