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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 an 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
Scientists announced the first observation of a dynamic vortex Mott transition, which experimentally connects the worlds of quantum mechanics and classical physics and could shed light on the poorly understood world of non-equilibrium physics. Image courtesy Valerii Vinokur/Science; click to view larger.
Team announces breakthrough observation of Mott transition in a superconductor

An international team of researchers announced today in Science the observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor. The discovery experimentally connects the worlds of classical and quantum mechanics and illuminates the mysterious nature of the Mott transition. It also could shed light on non-equilibrium physics, which is poorly understood but governs most of what occurs in our world. The finding may also represent a step towards more efficient electronics based on the Mott transition.

September 11, 2015
A schematic of the pressure chamber of the double-stage diamond anvil cell (dsDAC) for ultra-high pressure generation and a photo of a DAC produced at BGI. Semi-balls made of nanocrystalline diamond of extraordinary strength are attached to the culets of the opposed gem quality diamonds of the DAC. A sample of osmium, shown as a small red dot on the top of the lower semi-ball, has a size of ca. 3 microns. It is compressed between the tips of the semi-balls, which are supported by a pressure-medium (solidified inert gases or paraffin) filling the pressure chamber of the DAC. Ultra-high pressure  is generated on the sample due to the two-stage exertion of a big force on a very small area. The diameter of the semi-balls is about 10 microns. The diameter of culets of the diamonds, to which the semi-balls are attached, is 250 microns. Image courtesy Elena Bykova,  University of Bayreuth. (Click to view larger.)
Extreme pressure causes osmium to change state of matter

An international group of researchers have demonstrated that ultra-high pressures cause core electrons to interplay, which results in experimentally observed anomalies in the compression behavior of the material.

September 10, 2015
The SLLP1 filament viewed along the side with each neighboring monomer colored alternatively. Figure courtesy University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Fertilization discovery: Do sperm carry tiny harpoons?

Could the sperm harpoon the egg to facilitate fertilization? That’s the intriguing possibility raised by the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s discovery, using the Structural Biology Center at the Advanced Photon Source, that a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments, suggesting that these tiny filaments may lash together the sperm and its target.

September 3, 2015