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Illinois Tollway and Argonne National Laboratory launch fleet vehicle study

The Illinois Tollway and Argonne National Laboratory today announced a new fleet research study aimed at identifying fuel cost savings and efficiencies that will make the Tollway more sustainable and have a regional application for other municipal fleet operations.

May 3, 2011
Engineer Richard Vondrasek installs a new turbo pump on the Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU). CARIBU reached world record efficiencies for ionization efficiency of solids.
Argonne's CARIBU charge breeder breaks world record for efficiency

Argonne's Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade project has reached 11.9 percent efficiency with metallic particles of rubidium. The previous metal record was 6.5 percent, using potassium, achieved at Laboratory of Subatomic Physics and Cosmology in Grenoble.

April 12, 2011
Students attending Science Careers in Search of Women see first-hand what science and technology careers are all about.
Argonne to host annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference

To encourage and inspire more young women to pursue careers in science, Argonne will host its 24th annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference on April 14, 2011, welcoming approximately 350 high school students from across the Chicago area to experience science and engineering first hand.

April 7, 2011
Argonne's patented technology allows for the continuous removal of charged products like organic acids from aqueous streams and eliminates the requirement to continuously add neutralizing agents.
Argonne, Nalco strike licensing deal on resin wafer technology

Argonne National Laboratory and Nalco Company have reached a licensing agreement for an electrodeionization technology that will help significantly reduce the cost of producing clean energy and of the chemicals and water used in industry.

March 17, 2011
John Bahns, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Liaohai Chen and Stephen Gray find new way to assemble nanoparticles.
Scientists use light to join nanoparticles into new materials

For many years, scientists have searched for ways to assemble nanoparticles—tiny bits of matter less than a millionth of an inch across—into larger structures of any desired shape and form at will. This effect has been achieved in a new study by using a laser as if it were a magic wand, creating an assembled, continuous filament as the laser beam is moved around.

March 14, 2011
Computer model of reactor coolant flow.
Argonne to host MeV Summer School for early-career nuclear engineers

Argonne National Laboratory will host a 10-day school this summer to provide early-career nuclear engineers with advanced studies in integrated modeling, experimentation and validation to prepare them for some of the key challenges and demands facing the nuclear energy renaissance.

March 10, 2011
WIST initiates activities to engage young women and students to consider careers in science and technology with Argonne’s Science Careers in Search of Women Conference.
Argonne celebrates International Women's Day

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology program, a unique program that supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s commitment to recruit, retain and promote women researchers as part of a diverse and strengthened scientific workforce.

March 8, 2011
Elizabeth Mader, a former Director's postdoctoral fellow, aligns a diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform spectrometer.
Argonne named a "Best Place" for postdocs to work in 2011

Argonne National Laboratory was recently ranked the fourth-best place for postdocs to work by The Scientist, a life sciences magazine.

March 1, 2011
Maine South High School's team #1 starts up their machine.
Maine South High School wins Argonne Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

A team from Maine Township High School South, Park Ridge, Ill., won Argonne National Laboratory's 16th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held today at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier.

February 25, 2011
Last year's winning team, from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., designed a machine to dispense an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer into a hand.
Students construct complex cans at the 16th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

It may get a little messy at the 16th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Friday, Feb. 25, but at least it will be fun and exciting as 11 Chicago-area high schools compete to see which of their wacky contraption’s wins the title.

February 23, 2011