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Confocal microscopy of C. moniliferum, an algae that takes up strontium and could be used in cleaning up radioactive contamination. Image courtesy Minna Krejci/Joester Laboratory of Northwestern University.
Unlocking algal secrets may help clean up radioactive isotopes

Using the Advanced Photon Source at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a group of Northwestern University and Argonne scientists have figured out the secrets of algae that can preferentially take up strontium over calcium—a task so difficult that it’s not easily done even in a laboratory. The algae could form the basis of new technologies to clean up contaminated land or water.

November 30, 2011
Argonne's IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, Mira, is an engineering marvel whose unique architecture and capabilities will be thoroughly explored as soon as it goes online in 2012.
From the infinitesimal to the galactic: Mira gives scientists a new window to the world

The use of supercomputers to propel innovation in science and engineering is an endeavor punctuated by major transformative technologies—the latest being the new open science petascale supercomputers coming online within the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory complex. These machines will push scientific discovery to a new realm.

November 15, 2011
Orlando Auciello, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, has been elected to be the Materials Research Society's vice president in 2012, continuing as president in 2013.
Two Argonne scientists elected Materials Research Society officers

Two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have been elected to serve as officers of the Materials Research Society: Orlando Auciello will be the organization's 2012 vice president, set to become president in 2013, and Stephen Streiffer will be a member of the board of directors. Both are three-year terms.

November 3, 2011
Western Lithium USA Corporation site.
Argonne, Western Lithium to develop lithium carbonate for multiple battery applications

Western Lithium USA Corporation is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Argonne National Laboratory as a step toward the commercialization of lithium carbonate from the Company’s Kings Valley Lithium Project located in Humboldt County, Nevada, USA.

October 5, 2011
Dow and Argonne National Laboratory collaborating on new battery materials

The Dow Chemical Company and Argonne National Laboratory today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a multi-year research collaboration to jointly develop the next generation of materials for advanced battery technologies.

October 4, 2011
"The Department of Energy created the ARPA-E initiative to give a jump-start to truly transformative research, to give scientists and engineers a chance to develop game-changing new technologies that will promote American prosperity and energy independence," said Eric D. Isaacs, director of Argonne.
Argonne receives $3 million to create cheaper magnets

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday announced a $3 million grant to Argonne National Laboratory to further research in developing better, cheaper and lighter magnets.

September 30, 2011
The crystal structure of the anthrax virulence protein CapD is an example of research that will be furthered at the new APCF.
Argonne breaks ground on $34.5M research facility

Argonne National Laboratory broke ground today on a $34.5 million Advanced Protein Crystallization Facility that will enable scientists from Illinois and around the world to produce, purify and characterize a wide range of proteins more rapidly and have a critical role in the development of important medical therapeutics.

August 30, 2011
Deep canyons can be etched into materials at the nanoscale with a new SIS-based lithography technique by Argonne scientists.
Argonne nanoscientists invent better etching technique

Imagine yourself nano-sized, standing on the edge of a soon-to-be computer chip. Down shoots a beam of electrons, carving precise topography that is then etched the depth of the Grand Canyon into the chip.

August 18, 2011
The robots, just half a millimeter wide, are composed of microparticles. Confined between two liquids, they assemble themselves into star shapes when an alternating magnetic field is applied.
Argonne scientists design self-assembled "micro-robots"

Alexey Snezhko and Igor Aronson, physicists at Argonne National Laboratory, have coaxed "micro-robots" to do their bidding.

August 8, 2011
Argonne Distinguished Fellow Linda Young has been elected chair of the American Physical Society's Division of Molecular and Optical Physics.
Argonne scientist elected chair of American Physical Society division

Members of the American Physical Society voted to elect Argonne Distinguished Fellow Linda Young as the chair of one of the society's largest divisions.

July 19, 2011