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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.
Argonne launches first tech incubator

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory announced a new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations.

May 24, 2016
Graduate students Gerwin Koolstra and Ge Yang (left and right), Asst. Prof. David Schuster (center), and collaborators have integrated trapped electrons with superconducting quantum circuits, an advance in the effort to develop quantum computers. (Photo by Rob Hart)
New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing

If biochemists had access to a quantum computer, they could perfectly simulate the properties of new molecules to develop novel drugs in ways that would take the fastest existing computers decades.

May 20, 2016
Researchers from Argonne’s Surface and Lubrication Interaction, Discovery and Engineering initiative developed a novel “diamond-like” coating that could prove of great benefit when used to coat equipment for wind turbines, like the bearing in this photo. Pictured from left, Levent Eryilmaz, Giovanni Ramirez, Ali Erdemir and Aaron Greco.
Gone with the wind: Argonne coating shows surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power

A group of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry.

May 17, 2016
Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of solid oxide fuel cells to make them even more efficient and robust. In doing so, they’ve observed a new type of phase transition in an oxide material.
Technique improves the efficacy of fuel cells

Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of solid oxide fuel cells to make them even more efficient and robust. In doing so, they’ve observed a new type of phase transition in an oxide material.

May 16, 2016
The University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new partnership called The Microbiome Center that will combine the three institutions’ efforts to understand the identity and function of microbes across environments.
New Microbiome Center to combine UChicago, Marine Biological Laboratory and Argonne expertise

The University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new partnership called The Microbiome Center that will combine the three institutions' efforts to understand the identity and function of microbes across environments.

May 13, 2016
Argonne joins crowdsourcing effort

Argonne National Laboratory will join an ongoing crowdsourcing effort established by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop energy efficient building technologies, drawing on the creativity of the American public and technical expertise of the national laboratories.

May 12, 2016
A school bus is fueled with propane in Alvin, Texas as part of an AFLEET case study. (Photo credit: Texas Railroad Commission)
Argonne rolls out new version of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

Argonne is releasing an updated version of its AFLEET tool to reflect the latest advances in alternative fuels and vehicle technologies and updated emissions data. The free, publicly available tool provides users with a roadmap for assessing which types of vehicles and fuels are right for them.

May 9, 2016
Argonne X-ray physicist Haidan Wen received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years. Photo by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory; click to view larger.
X-ray scientist Haidan Wen wins DOE Early Career Award

Argonne X-ray physicist Haidan Wen received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years.

May 3, 2016
The MNSR reactor core is about the size of a large coffee can, contains about a kilogram of fuel and rests at the bottom of a tall column of water. The Chinese team extracted the old core, placed it in a shipping container designed by Argonne and sent it to Chinese facilities for disposition. The new core was inserted and startup operations commenced last month.
Argonne, NNSA collaborate with China to convert micro-reactor

Chinese officials announced at the recent Nuclear Security Summit that the country commenced operations on a small research reactor that was converted to use low-enriched uranium fuel in partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

April 22, 2016
Reggie James, a driver for Alpha Bakery in Chicagoland, fills the tank with propane fuel. An Argonne study of Alpha’s propane fleet found the fuel switch reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved money.
Bakery Switches to Propane Vans

A switch to propane from diesel by a major Midwest bakery fleet showed promising results, including a significant displacement of petroleum, a drop in greenhouse gases and a fuel cost savings of 7 cents per mile, according to a study recently completed by Argonne.

April 21, 2016