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Meimei Li’s research focuses on structural materials for nuclear reactors. Click to enlarge.
Nuclear engineer Li wins Presidential Early Career Award

Argonne nuclear engineer Meimei Li has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her contributions to the understanding of nuclear reactor materials.

January 15, 2014
Currently, the most efficient methods we have for making fuel – principally, hydrogen – from sunlight and water involve rare and expensive metal catalysts, such as platinum. Click to enlarge.
Cobalt catalysts allow researchers to duplicate the complicated steps of photosynthesis

In a new study, Argonne researchers have used cobalt catalysts to duplicate the steps in the complicated electronic dance of photosynthesis.

January 13, 2014
Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species species have become a major problem on the Mississippi River, and they threaten to invade the Great Lakes. Click to enlarge. Image credit: Shutterstock
Report offers Congress alternatives to corral Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species

Argonne’s Environmental Science Division has been working with the Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study to determine the risks that aquatic nuisance species, such as Asian carp, will move between the two basins through aquatic pathways.

January 8, 2014
Ribbon representation of an amyloid beta fibril, formed by misfolded proteins that clump together. These structures are associated with conditions like type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
A wrong molecular turn leads down the path to type 2 diabetes

Computing resources at Argonne have helped researchers better grasp how proteins misfold to create the tissue-damaging structures that lead to type 2 diabetes.

December 20, 2013
Protein crystal samples are placed on a small metal tip so X-rays from the adjacent beam pipe can pass through them and diffract off the atoms inside the crystal. Using computers, scientists interpret the scattered light patterns recorded by detectors to create a picture of how the atoms are located inside the crystal. Click to enlarge.
Lessening X-ray damage is healthy for protein discovery data too

New recommendations for using X-rays promise to speed investigations aimed at understanding the structure and function of biologically important proteins – information critical to the development of new drugs.

December 16, 2013
An illustration of the perovskite crystal fabricated in the experiment. Click to enlarge. Image credit: Felice Macera.
A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficient

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.

December 11, 2013
Tijana Rajh is a senior scientist and group leader for the nanobio research interface group within Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials. Click to enlarge.
Argonne scientists Rajh, Soderholm and Segre named AAAS fellows

Physical chemist Tijana Rajh, chemist Lynda Soderholm and physicist Carlo Segre of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 6, 2013
Argonne's Nicholaos Demas measures the wear of a test specimen that is used for the Pixelligent project.  The profilometer measures height information from white-light interference, and computer processing is used to obtain roughness, profile, and wear volume. Click to enlarge.
Pixelligent Technologies granted innovation research award by Dept. of Energy

Pixelligent Technologies announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

December 4, 2013
Kayakers and boats traverse the branch of the Chicago River in the downtown area. Every river contains a population of microbes; scientists at Argonne are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to map how the River’s inhabitants change over the months and years. Click to enlarge.
Argonne partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to study Chicago River microbe population

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial communities in Chicago area waterways.

December 2, 2013
Andrew Cleland, who builds nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices that operate at the quantum limit, recently accepted a joint appointment to Argonne and the University of Chicago. Beginning, July 1, 2014, Cleland will join the University's Institute for Molecular Engineering, of which Argonne is a partner. Click to enlarge.
Institute for Molecular Engineering doubles size of founding faculty with innovative researchers

The University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering is adding four prominent senior faculty members who develop advanced technologies that address some of society’s most challenging questions, including cancer bioengineering, water resources, quantum computing and quantum materials, and regenerative medicine.

November 20, 2013