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Supratik Guha has been named the next director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory, as well as director of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials. (Click image to view larger.)
Supratik Guha to direct nanoscience and technology at Argonne National Laboratory

Supratik Guha has been named the next director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory, as well as director of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials.

June 18, 2015
Chemist Amanda Youker operates a remote manipulator arm in a radiation-shielded cell. The cell is used for the purification of molybdenum-99 in a process recently demonstrated by Argonne that could lead to a domestic source of the important medical isotope. (Photo by Wes Agresta; click to view larger).
Argonne confirms new commercial method for producing medical isotope

Argonne National Laboratory recently teamed with SHINE Medical Technologies to demonstrate the production, separation and purification of a critical medical radioisotope that is used in millions of medical procedures each year, but is not produced domestically.

June 15, 2015
From left to right: Argonne researchers Wanjun Jiang, Suzanne G.E. te Velthuis, and Axel Hoffman published a new way to make magnetic skyrmion bubbles at room temperature. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne scientists announce first room-temperature magnetic skyrmion bubbles

Researchers at UCLA and Argonne announced today a new method for creating magnetic skyrmion bubbles at room temperature. The bubbles, a physics phenomenon thought to be an option for more energy-efficient and compact electronics, can be created with simple equipment and common materials.

June 12, 2015
Argonne Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security Mark Peters, left, signs a memorandum of understanding with Nadya Bliss, director of the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University. The MOU will facilitate a broad portfolio of research shared between the two institutions. (Photo by Wes Agresta; click to view larger.)
Argonne and Arizona State University sign five-year agreement

Argonne National Laboratory recently signed an agreement with Arizona State University that will facilitate a broad portfolio of research shared between the two institutions.

May 28, 2015
From left, researchers Ani Sumant, Ali Erdemir, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sanket Deshmukh, and Diana Berman combined diamond, graphene, and carbon to achieve superlubricity. (Click image to view larger.)
Slip sliding away: Graphene and diamonds prove a slippery combination

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of “superlubricity.”

May 22, 2015
Argonne high-energy physicist Peter Winter, who recently won a DOE Early Career Award, is reusing old MRI magnets, like the one seen above, to benchmark instrumentation for new high-energy physics experiments. Photo by Mark Lopez; click to view larger.
Used MRI magnets get a second chance at life in high-energy physics experiments

Researchers at Argonne recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners from hospitals in Minnesota and California that will find a new home as proving grounds for instruments used in high-energy and nuclear physics experiments.

May 21, 2015
Crop cultivation will always result in a loss of soil carbon, but management practices will have a large influence on soil's ability to retain it. Image by Efired/Shutterstock.
Land management practices to become important as biofuels use grows

The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to a study led by researchers at Argonne.

May 21, 2015
Argonne physicist Peter Winter, above, has received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious five-year research grant totaling $2.5 million. (Click image to view larger.)
Physicist Peter Winter wins Department of Energy Early Career Award

High-energy physicist Peter Winter has received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious five-year research grant totaling $2.5 million.

May 19, 2015
Argonne mechanical engineer Sibendu Som and computational scientist Raymond Bair discuss combustion engine simulations conducted by researchers using the CONVERGE code at the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI). (Click image to view larger.)
VERIFI code optimization yields three-fold increase in engine simulation speed

VERIFI has taken the next step in its work with Convergent Science, Inc., optimizing the code running the company’s CONVERGE engine modeling software and achieving a three-fold increase in speed. The new code allowed VERIFI to recently run the largest engine simulation conducted to date.

May 7, 2015
Scientists at Argonne have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to select extremely brief but precise X-ray bursts for their experiments.  This schematic of their microelectromechanical device consisting of a small oscillating mirror illustrates the reflection of an incoming X-ray at a particular critical angle. Image courtesy Daniel Lopez. (Click photo to view larger.)
Scientists tune X-rays with tiny mirrors

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to select extremely brief but precise X-ray bursts for their experiments.

May 5, 2015