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In order to understand how complex materials merge at the boundary, scientists look at cross-sections of an oxide superlattices. In this picture, peaks correspond to layers of cuprate superconductor and valleys to metallic manganites (bottom region). The power of scanning tunneling microscopy allows researchers to gain insight into both the material's topography as well as its electronic properties. Click to enlarge.
A material's multiple personalities

Just like people, materials can sometimes exhibit “multiple personalities.” This kind of unusual behavior in a certain class of materials has compelled researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to take a closer look at the precise mechanisms that govern the relationships between superconductivity and magnetism.

September 11, 2013
Argonne honors employees for outstanding performance

The UChicago Argonne, LLC, Board of Governors honors employees of Argonne National Laboratory for their distinguished performance, outstanding service to the laboratory, excellence in safety leadership, and education and academic scholarship.

August 15, 2013
The pink color of salt lakes is caused by salt-loving microorganisms, called halobacteria. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Microorganisms found in salt flats could offer new path to green hydrogen fuel

A protein found in the membranes of ancient microorganisms that live in desert salt flats could offer a new way of using sunlight to generate environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

July 16, 2013
Jeff Elam (left) and Anil Mane’s work in nanocomposite charge drain coatings represents a significant breakthrough in Argonne's efforts to develop microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne claims four 2013 R&D 100 Awards

Four innovative technologies have won 2013 R&D 100 Awards, regarded as the “Oscars of invention,” for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

July 8, 2013
Postdoctoral researchers Marvin Cummings (at right) and Nozomi Shirato adjust the microscope before an experiment. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists combine X-rays and microscopes for precise experiments

By pairing the capabilities of X-ray analysis and extremely precise microscopy, scientists at Argonne have developed a way to simultaneously determine the physical structure and chemical makeup of materials at close to the atomic level.

June 13, 2013
Because of their potential to reduce costs for both fabrication and materials, organic photovoltaics could be much cheaper to manufacture than conventional solar cells and have a smaller environmental impact as well. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists detect residue that has hindered efficiency of promising type of solar cell

Argonne researchers have for the first time been able to detect trace residues of catalyst material on organic photovoltaics.

May 3, 2013
Gold nanoparticles self-assemble into long chains when bombarded with electrons. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists see nanoparticles form larger structures in real time

In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time seen the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.

April 19, 2013
This wafer of nanocrystalline diamond provides one example of the technology that AKHAN Technologies has licensed from Argonne. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.

Photo courtesy Ani Sumant.
Argonne licenses diamond semiconductor discoveries to AKHAN Technologies

Argonne announced today that the laboratory has granted AKHAN Technologies exclusive diamond semiconductor application licensing rights to breakthrough low-temperature diamond deposition technology developed by the lab's Center for Nanoscale Materials.

March 4, 2013
Among the Picasso paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago collection, The Red Armchair is the most emblematic of his Ripolin usage and is the painting that was examined with APS X-rays at Argonne National Laboratory. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.

Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg (AIC 1957.72) © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
High-energy X-rays shine light on mystery of Picasso’s paints

The Art Institute of Chicago teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory to unravel a decades-long debate among art scholars about what kind of paint Picasso used to create his masterpieces.

February 6, 2013
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