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The reduction of iron(III) oxide minerals is an important component of iron cycling in the subsurface. For example, certain bacteria couple carbon oxidation and iron reduction to obtain energy from growth. Although iron oxides are poor conductors of electricity, electrons that are transfered to an iron oxide mineral are quite mobile, using thermal energy to hop from one iron atom to another. New research used time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy to quantify the hopping rates for different iron(III) mineral phases and to confirm a theoretical picture of how the electron at one site alters the positions of the atoms around it.  This work contributes to our understanding of how soil mineralogy evolves when geochemical or biochemical processes create reducing conditions. (Image courtesy Benjamin Gilbert, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
A clearer look at how iron reacts in the environment

Using ultrafast X-rays, scientists for the first time have watched how quickly electrons hop their way through rust nanoparticles.

September 6, 2012
Tao Sun and Jin Wang, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, use the Advanced Photon Source to design and test a new technique for X-ray detection that for the first time allows 3-D reconstructions of surface material with high-resolution.
Nano, photonic research gets boost from new 3-D visualization technology

For the first time, X-ray scientists have combined high-resolution imaging with 3-D viewing of the surface layer of material using X-ray vision in a way that does not damage the sample.

August 29, 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
Physicist Efim Gluskin, elected a fellow of AAAS, is currently the Magnetic Devices Group Leader in the Argonne Accelerator Systems Division.
Accelerator scientist Gluskin elected AAAS Fellow

Argonne physicist Efim Gluskin has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

December 6, 2011
Argonne scientists John Carpenter, above, and Walter Henning, below, were inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Two Argonne scientists inducted into AAAS

Two Argonne scientists have been inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science as part of its newest class of fellows.

January 1, 2011
Argonne scientist Karena Chapman examines the diamond anvil pressure cell at the Advanced Photon Source.
New research could lead to practical uses for metal-organic frameworks

ARGONNE, Ill. – Scientists at U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National laboratory are putting the pressure on metal-organic frameworks (MOF).

September 24, 2010
Antonino Miceli, an Argonne physicist, has been awarded one of the Department of Energy's Early Career Research Grants.
Argonne scientist awarded $2.5 million for Early Career Research Program

Physicist Antonino Miceli of Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded $2.5 million over the next five years as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program.

January 22, 2010
Argonne chemist Richard Rosenberg examines source material for an experiment to induce chirality into pre-biological systems at the Advanced Photon Source. Rosenberg used X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to measure the secondary electron induced photolysis reaction rate of a model chiral compound adsorbed on a magnetic substrate. He found that changing the magnetization direction in relation to the high-intensity X-ray beam created an excess of one chirality over another.
Argonne scientists discover possible mechanism for creating 'handedness' in biological molecules

ARGONNE, Ill.

November 28, 2008
The liquid breakup of a high-density stream from a fuel injector can easily be seen using an X-ray technique developed at Argonne National Laboratory. The technique could lead to better and cleaner fuel injectors.
New X-ray technique may lead to better, cleaner fuel injectors for automobiles

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a technique to peer through high-speed dense liquids using high-energy X-rays from Argonne's Advanced Photon Source.

February 19, 2008
Six Argonne scientists elected American Physical Society fellows

The American Physical Society has recently announced new fellows for 2007, and six Argonne scientists have been elected.

January 22, 2008