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Because of their potential to reduce costs for both fabrication and materials, organic photovoltaics could be much cheaper to manufacture than conventional solar cells and have a smaller environmental impact as well. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists detect residue that has hindered efficiency of promising type of solar cell

Argonne researchers have for the first time been able to detect trace residues of catalyst material on organic photovoltaics.

May 3, 2013
An example of a “suitability map” for solar energy deployment. Red areas are more suitable, while gray areas are less suitable. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne-developed software to help plan the smart grid

Recently, researchers from Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new software tool called the Energy Zones (EZ) Mapping Tool that will help identify geographic areas suitable for the development of clean energy resources.

April 30, 2013
Prior to joining Argonne, Al Sattelberger was a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at the University of Michigan and a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne's Sattelberger appointed chair of Dept. of Energy Fuel Cycle R&D Subcommittee

Al Sattelberger, Argonne's Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis, has been appointed as the chair for the Fuel Cycle R&D Subcommittee of the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee.

April 29, 2013
Graphene's hexagonal structure makes it an excellent lubricant. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Graphene layers dramatically reduce wear and friction on sliding steel surfaces

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have recently discovered that they could substitute one-atom-thick graphene layers for oil-based lubricants on sliding steel surfaces, enabling a dramatic reduction in the amount of wear and friction.

April 25, 2013
Metal distribution in zone II of M. truncatula nodule. To view a larger version of the image as well as a detailed description, click on it.
X-ray analysis could boost legumes, thus reducing fertilizer pollution

The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways, health and the environment. An international team of scientists aims to lessen the reliance on these fertilizers by helping beans and similar plants boost their nitrogen production, even in areas with traditionally poor soil quality.

April 19, 2013
Gold nanoparticles self-assemble into long chains when bombarded with electrons. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists see nanoparticles form larger structures in real time

In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time seen the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.

April 19, 2013
Argonne postdoc Kate Ryan, recipient of an Early Career Research Award from the Department of Energy, studies lithium-air batteries, which may replace lithium-ion as the next generation of batteries for cell phones, laptops and cars.To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine’s annual survey.

April 16, 2013
The evolution of the viral protein (green) from 14 weeks through 100 weeks post-transmission is compared with the maturation of the human antibody. To view a larger version of the image, click on it. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Antibody evolution could guide HIV vaccine development

According to a recent study, observing the evolution of a particular type of antibody in an infected HIV-1 patient has provided insights that will enable vaccination strategies that mimic the actual antibody development within the body.

April 5, 2013
Hoffman Estates Team #1 poses with the people's choice trophy as well as the overall first place trophy. The team will compete in the Rube Goldberg national finals on Saturday in Pewaukee, Wis. To view the entire photo gallery, click on the image.
Hoffman Estates wins Argonne's Rube Goldberg Contest

A team from Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Ill., dropped the hammer on the competition at Argonne National Laboratory's 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held today at Argonne.

March 11, 2013
This wafer of nanocrystalline diamond provides one example of the technology that AKHAN Technologies has licensed from Argonne. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.

Photo courtesy Ani Sumant.
Argonne licenses diamond semiconductor discoveries to AKHAN Technologies

Argonne announced today that the laboratory has granted AKHAN Technologies exclusive diamond semiconductor application licensing rights to breakthrough low-temperature diamond deposition technology developed by the lab's Center for Nanoscale Materials.

March 4, 2013