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Charles E. Catlett has been named Chief Information Officer and director of the Computing and Information Systems Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
Catlett named Chief Information Officer at Argonne

Argonne National Laboratory has named Charlie Catlett Chief Information Officer and Division Director of Argonne's Computing and Information Systems Division.

May 1, 2007
A survey of the six counties surrounding the Anniston Army Storage Depot found that more than 4,600 residents reported disabilities and special needs that would impact their evacuation in case of a public emergency. Argonne 's new Special Population Planner software can help emergency agencies prepare to meet their needs.
New software helps emergency planners assist people with special needs

Emergency preparedness planners will be able to better prepare individuals with special needs thanks to new open-source software developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

May 11, 2007
Matthias Bode, Center for Nanoscale Materials, is shown with his enhanced spin polarized scanning tunneling microscope (SP-STM). His enhanced technique allows scientists to observe the magnetism of single atoms. Use of this method could lead to better magnetic storage devices for computers and other electronics.
Magnetic 'handedness' could lead to better magnetic storage devices

ARGONNE, Ill. – Better magnetic storage devices for computers and other electronics could result from new work by researchers in the United States and Germany.

May 25, 2007
COHERENT X-RAYS – The diagram illustrates the path of electrons through the Linac Coherent Light Source and the resulting X-ray beams. The linac accelerates a linear beam of electrons that pass through undulators, which force the electrons to oscillate back and forth. The oscillations produce large amounts of X-rays. These X-rays interact back on the electrons and force them to bunch at X-ray wavelengths. When this occurs, the electrons emit their light coherently, causing a large gain in radiation power that raises the X-rays' intensity. The result, when the LCLS begins operations in 2009, will be X-ray beams one billion times brighter than can be produced by any other X-ray source currently available. (Image courtesy of LCLS.)
World's first hard X-ray free-electron laser is on course to completion


June 22, 2007
Scientists at Argonne have started work that could provide clean, renewable fuels for transportation using a variety of feedstocks. Here, chemist Jeffrey Elam (front) holds a prototype membrane that is ready to be evaluated in a catalytic testing reactor operated by chemical engineer Donald Cronauer.
Atomic layer deposition fuels future solutions to nation's energy challenges

More efficient and less costly solar cells, solid-state lighting and industrial catalysts are potential applications of atomic layer deposition (ALD), a technique that researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are working to perfect.

July 20, 2007
Argonne researcher Ali Erdemir performs a friction test on a metal disc coated with a solution of motor oil with nano-boric acid particles.
Nano-boric acid makes motor oil more slippery

One key to saving the environment, improving our economy and reducing our dependence on foreign oil might just be sitting in your mother's medicine cabinet.

August 3, 2007
R&D-100 WINNER – Argonne's Access Grid creates a collaborative environment in which users at manylocations can see and hear each other as if they were all in the same room.
Access Grid connects collaborators, earns R&D 100 Award

After a vision nearly 10 years ago to build a system to enable group-to-group collaboration using scalable computing and networking technology, researchers at the Department of Energy's Argonne Nat

August 17, 2007
Tests of the millimeter-wave spectroscope were conducted at the Nevada Test Site, shown here. Housed in a bunker (inset, right) several hundred meters from the test site (center), the spectrometer was able to distinguish the signal of gas plumes (represented by the green spiral) from the background mountains
New instrument covertly detects signals from illicit chemicals


August 31, 2007
Accelerator physicists Manoel Conde, Zikri Yusof, Richard Konecny and Felipe Franchini stand by the copper-based Argonne Wakefield Accelerator.  The wakefield group recently broke the 100 MV/m benchmark for the strength of accelerating gradients by substituting an insulating dielectric for copper.
Argonne physicists create landmark accelerator gradient

ARGONNE, Ill. — The Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA) Group at the U.S.

September 14, 2007
A self-assembled magnetic "snake" and associated velocity patterns. The snakes are spontaneously created from short chains of magnetic micro-particles as a result of the competition between magnetic and hydrodynamic forces.
Self-assembling 'magnetic snakes' point to new electronic devices


September 28, 2007