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The semiconductor industry long has focused its attention on the mass creation of nanostructurally perfect transistors. Recent research in the new field of semiconductor spintronics suggests that the exploitation of imperfections may hold the key to building a variety of powerful new quantum technologies. This graphic depicts one of these subatomic imperfections at lower center. (Courtesy of David Awschalom)
Institute for Molecular Engineering names three esteemed researchers to faculty

The University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering is making its first set of new faculty appointments, bringing in world-leading research programs at the interfaces between molecular-level science and powerful new technologies. The faculty will have joint appointments at Argonne.

June 25, 2012
Argonne materials scientist and distinguished fellow Ali Erdemir’s R&D 100 award recognizes an ultra-fast large-scale boriding process he developed. The process increases the durability and hardness of mechanical components.
Argonne wins four R&D 100 Awards

Four technologies developed by researchers at Argonne have received this year’s R&D 100 awards. The awards, organized by R&D magazine, are widely considered to be the "Oscars of Innovation."

June 20, 2012
Mira, Argonne National Laboratory’s new IBM Blue Gene/Q system, is the third fastest supercomputer in the world according to the TOP500 list announced today. Mira thus takes its place among the U.S. computational giants poised to propel scientific discoveries into the petascale.
Fostering Discoveries Faster: Argonne's Mira ranks among nation’s fastest science supercomputers

Mira, Argonne National Laboratory’s new IBM Blue Gene/Q system, is the third fastest supercomputer in the world according to the TOP500 list announced today. Mira thus takes its place among the U.S. computational giants poised to propel scientific discoveries into the petascale.

June 18, 2012
Battery researcher wins Argonne-Northwestern Early Career Award

Materials scientist Lynn Trahey of Argonne has received the 2012 Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research for her proposal to investigate new materials to improve the performance of anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

June 7, 2012
To test how wind energy affects carbon dioxide emissions, Argonne scientists modeled the Illinois electric grid to test how more wind power would affect the system. Image courtesy Sharon Loxton.
Grid realities cancel out some of wind power’s carbon savings

Wind energy lowers carbon emissions, but adding turbines to the current grid system does not eliminate emissions proportionally, according to a report by researchers at Argonne.

May 29, 2012
Pete Beckman, Director, Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne has been appointed co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering
Joint initiative expands focus to materials design

Argonne and Northwestern University have appointed Pete Beckman, Director, Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne, and Peter W. Voorhees, Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern, as co-directors of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering.

May 16, 2012
At a White House meeting of science and technology leaders, Argonne Director Eric Isaacs today announced the laboratory's major new efforts with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to advance the research and development of new materials to help solve the nation’s challenges in the fields of energy, health and security.
Argonne, Universities partner to design advanced materials

Argonne today announced major new efforts with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to advance the research and development of new materials to help solve the nation’s challenges in the fields of energy, health and security.

May 14, 2012
Four Argonne National Laboratory scientists receive Early Career Research Program awards

Four researchers at Argonne have received 2012 Early Career Research Program awards, granted to exceptional researchers beginning their careers.

May 10, 2012
A Nephila clavipes female spider in the center of her web.  The radial strands and scaffolding of her web is composed of major and minor ampullate spider silk fibers.  Commonly referred to as dragline silk, this substance was imaged at the nanoscale at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. Image by Jeff Yarger.
Untangling the mysteries of spider silk

Spiders weave a web even more tangled than originally thought – at least on the nanoscale level, according to a new study performed at Argonne National Laboratory.

May 2, 2012
Crystal structure of the mu-opioid receptor bound to a morphinan antagonist. Image courtesy of Aashish Manglik, Andrew C. Kruse, Tong Sun Kobilka, Foon Sun Thian, Jesper M. Mathiesen, Roger K. Sunahara, Leonardo Pardo, William I. Weis, Brian K. Kobilka & Sébastien Granier
How heroin works: Imaging opioid receptors in the brain

Researchers and doctors have gleaned new clues to the molecular mechanisms behind some of the most addictive substances in the world, thanks to two new studies that uncovered the structures of some of the most intricate and challenging proteins ever analyzed on the atomic level.

April 24, 2012