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Argonne researchers, from left, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Badri Narayanan, Ali Erdemir, Giovanni Ramirez and  Osman Levent Eryilmaz show off metal engine parts that have been treated with a diamond-like carbon coating similar to one developed and explored by the team. The catalytic coating interacts with engine oil to create a self-healing diamond-like film that could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines. (photo by Wes Agresta)
Argonne discovery yields self-healing diamond-like carbon

A group of researchers at Argonne discovered a revolutionary diamond-like film that is generated by the heat and pressure of an automotive engine. The discovery of this ultra-durable, self-lubricating tribofilm could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines and other moving metal parts.

August 5, 2016
A transmission electron microscope image taken at Argonne shows the honeycomb structure of the silicon nanowires.  (image by Jiang et al.)
New silicon structures could make better biointerfaces

A team of researchers have engineered silicon particles one-fiftieth the width of a human hair, which could lead to “biointerface” systems designed to make nerve cells fire and heart cells beat.

August 1, 2016
In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into a usable energy source by using sunlight. (Image: Shutterstock)
A new leaf: Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into fuel

In a new study from Argonne and the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into a usable energy source.

July 29, 2016
An international team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has devised a method for achieving static pressures vastly higher than any previously reached. Above: an image of a diamond anvil cell inside the pressure chamber.  (Image via Dubrovinskaia et al./Science)
Diamonds help generate new record for static pressures for study

An international team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne has devised a method for achieving 1 terapascal of static pressure, vastly higher than any previously reached.

July 28, 2016
Argonne scientists created a triple-layer metal oxide in a never-before-made single-crystal form. Using powerful X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source, they saw a unique spacing signature (orange spots, above) that signaled the presence of charge striping, a phenomenon previously only observed in single-layer oxides. (Image by Mitchell et al.)
Physicists show trilayer metal oxide’s true stripes

A team of Argonne researchers created a triple-layer metal oxide in a never-before-made single-crystal form and observed in it an interesting phenomenon called "charge striping," which may shed light on the physics behind similar useful electronic properties of metal oxides, such as superconductivity.

July 26, 2016
Argonne, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at reducing idling across the country.
Idle hands: New and improved IdleBox tool to aid in reduction of idling

Argonne, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at promoting idling reduction across the country. The new IdleBox is now available to anyone seeking an authoritative resource on idling reduction.

July 25, 2016
Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, rare access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise, as well as connections to the Midwest’s rich network of business mentors and investors.
Entrepreneur application opens for new $4.4 million energy incubator at Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory’s new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs, called Chain Reaction Innovations, opens the application period for its first cohort.

July 18, 2016
Switchgrass is one of the five crops modeled for local soil carbon sequestration rates in an Argonne study that predicts the impact of different biofuel crops on soil carbon across the country. (photo credit: hjochen/Shutterstock)
Modeling predicts which counties could store more carbon in soil by growing bioenergy crops

To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at Argonne are using computational modeling to predict which counties could see increases in soil organic carbon from cultivation of crops for biofuels.

July 13, 2016
In a new study, researchers at Argonne have developed a rational approach to optimizing the arrangement of defects in commercial high-temperature superconducting wires to enhance their current-carrying capacity. This snapshot of a simulation shows the defects in the material, here in gray, and pinning vortices, in red. The pinning enhances the superconducting behavior of the material at high magnetic fields.
Scientists optimize defects for better superconducting effects

In a new study, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a rational approach to optimize the arrangement of defects to enhance the current-carrying capacity of commercial high-temperature superconducting wires.

July 12, 2016
Chemist Trevor Dzwiniel develops processes for scaling up production of an electrolyte material for batteries in the Materials Engineering Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne is teaming up with Strem Chemicals, Inc., to provide industry and the battery research community with next-generation materials that could improve energy storage. (Photo by Wes Agresta; click to view larger.)
Argonne partners with Strem Chemicals to deliver next-gen battery materials to industry

Argonne has teamed up with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to provide industry and the battery research community with next-generation materials that could improve energy storage. Strem has licensed 23 separate pieces of intellectual property from Argonne and will manufacture and distribute 9 battery solvents and additives.

July 8, 2016