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The Argonne board of governors consists of more than two dozen academic, public policy, and industry leaders who bring multifaceted perspectives and experience to the role of governing Argonne National Laboratory. Board members serve as ambassadors and advisors in support of Argonne's ambitious research agenda, and play a leading role in the advancement of Argonne's scientific objectives and major initiatives.
Eight members join Argonne board of governors

In the past year, eight distinguished leaders with deep collective expertise in bioscience, communications, energy, engineering, government, physical sciences, and technology have joined the UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors.

October 12, 2015
Argonne materials scientist Vojislav Stamenkovic probes the structure–function relationship of new electrocatalysts being developed for polymer electrolyte fuel cells using an ultrahigh-vacuum technique.(Click image to enlarge.)
National labs team to develop better, cheaper fuel cells

Argonne has joined a project funded by DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office to enhance the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, while simultaneously reducing their cost.

October 9, 2015
An international team of scientists has discovered how to measure the resistance of a nanomembrane to both bending and stretching by rolling it into a tube and performing a single experiment to measure the tube's bending resistance along its length. Previous methods required two experiments: one to measure a nanomembrane's bending resistance and another to measure its stretching resistance. The discovery is expected to aid researchers working to make three-dimensional objects and devices from two-dimensional membranes only one nanoparticle thick. The transmission electron micrograph on the right was obtained at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials.  (Click for larger view.)
Gold nanomembranes resist bending in new experiment

The first direct measurement of resistance to bending in a nanoscale membrane has been made by scientists from the University of Chicago, Peking University, the Weizmann Institute of Science and Argonne National Laboratory.

October 8, 2015
ACCESS Director Jeff Chamberlain and Argonne scientist and ACCESS R&D team member Vojislav Stamenkovic discuss an ultrahigh vacuum system, designed for synthesizing new electrode materials and characterizing their composition and structure for use in novel battery technologies, in the Electrochemistry Discovery Lab. (Click on image to enlarge.)
New Argonne centers connect business with energy storage, nanotechnology research

ACCESS and Nano Design Works will help expedite commercialization of technology.

October 6, 2015
The mission of the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) is to develop open-source advanced software tools to help the scientific community model, simulate and predict the fundamental properties and behavior of nanoscale and mesoscale materials for energy conversion technologies — including metastable materials assembled far from equilibrium conditions.
DOE creates new Center for Computational Materials at Argonne

The invention of groundbreaking new energy technologies will be faster and less costly as scientists use supercomputers to invent useful new materials and engineer their properties and behavior from basic scientific principles.

October 2, 2015
Jack Gilbert, a microbial ecologist and group leader in Argonne National Laboratory's Biosciences division, has been named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10" for his environmental and biomedical-focused research as part of the magazine's 14th annual awards list. (Click image for larger view.)
Argonne Microbial Ecologist Jack Gilbert Named One of Popular Science’s "Brilliant 10"

Jack Gilbert, a microbial ecologist and group leader in Argonne National Laboratory's Biosciences division, has been named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10" for his environmental and biomedical-focused research as part of the magazine's 14th annual awards list.

September 23, 2015
Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants

Infants who developed tolerance to cow’s milk allergy showed increase in bacterial strains associated with good health

September 22, 2015
A team of physicists and geochemists at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that instead of just passively observing surface reactions of minerals, they can use X-rays to create the conditions by which reactions happen while simultaneously observing them. (Click on image to enlarge.)
The rise of X-ray beam chemistry

By using powerful photon beams generated by the Advanced Photon Source, a DOE User Facility, researchers have shown that they can now control the chemical environment and provide nanoscale structural detail while simultaneously imaging the mineral calcite as it is pushed to its extremes.

September 18, 2015
Argonne Mechanical Engineer Wenhua Yu installs a cylinder of high-conductivity foam into a prototype container as former postdoctoral fellow Taeil Kim, makes adjustments to a heat transfer loop in the background. Argonne researchers received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to scale up and demonstrate their novel thermal energy storage system, which efficiently stores solar energy as heat for later use generating electricity. Total project funding is $1.6 million and includes an industry cost sharing arrangement. (Click image for larger view).
SunShot Initiative award funds scaleup of Argonne’s leading-edge thermal energy storage system

On September 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative program announced funding awards to several research projects that aim to make concentrating solar power (CSP) plants cost competitive with traditional forms of electricity.

September 16, 2015
Artist rendering of Array of Things nodes mounted on city streetlight poles. The Array of Things is an an “urban sensing” instrument, measuring data on cities' environment, infrastructure and activity in order to scientifically investigate solutions to urban challenges ranging from air quality to urban flooding. Credit: Douglas Pancoast & Satya Mark Basu, School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Array of Things
National Science Foundation awards $3.1 million to Chicago's Array of Things Project

NSF Grant will fund production and installation of 500 nodes in Chicago

September 14, 2015