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This image depicts the selective functionalization of methane molecules, a chemical process that makes them more technologically desirable. The methane molecules are shown as one gray carbon atom connected to four white hydrogen atoms. The orange crystals at bottom represent the metal-organic frameworks in which the reaction takes place. (Image by Xuan Zhang, Northwestern University.)
Uncovering a missing link from methane to methanol

Microscopic crystalline structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. Now, a research team from Argonne and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs.

June 22, 2018
From left to right: Argonne’s Prasanna Balaprakash, Karen Mulfort and Zhang Jiang are among the 84 scientists who received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Three Argonne scientists receive DOE early career awards

Three Argonne researchers have earned the DOE’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards.

June 21, 2018
Argonne scientists started with a new hetero-structure consisting of a reconfigurable artificial-spin-ice nanostructure on top of a superconducting thin film.
Taming tornadoes at the nanoscale

Argonne scientists help design a reconfigurable superconductor with nanoscale magnets.

June 12, 2018
This interior view of the MiniBooNE detector tank shows the array of photodetectors used to pick up the light particles that are created when a neutrino interacts with a nucleus inside the tank. (Image by Fermilab / Reidar Hahn.)
Blast from the past

Scientists recently reexamined data from the MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab taken between 2009 and 2011, and they found the first direct evidence of mono-energetic neutrinos, or neutrinos with definite energy, that are energetic enough to produce a muon.

June 5, 2018
Visualization of an event from the tt̄H(yy) analysis. The event contains two photon candidates displayed as green towers in the electromagnetic calorimeter, and six jets (b-jet) shown as yellow (blue) cones. (Image courtesy of ATLAS Collaboration/CERN.)
ATLAS observes direct interaction of Higgs boson with top quark

The ATLAS Collaboration at CERN has announced the observation of Higgs bosons produced together with a top-quark pair. Observing this extremely rare process is a significant milestone for the field of High-Energy Physics.

June 4, 2018
What does the future hold for plug-in electric vehicles? To find out, Argonne researchers examined 40 studies from more than a dozen counties. The future of these vehicles may depend upon their range, available charging infrastructure and the price and technology of batteries. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Checking the global pulse for electric vehicles

A team of Argonne researchers has reviewed 40 automotive market diffusion models from 16 countries to help determine how many plug-in electric vehicles consumers will buy over the next few decades.

May 25, 2018
Anirudha “Ani” Sumant is a nanoscientist at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials. He received the 2018 TechConnect Innovation Award for his work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne’s TechConnect hat trick

Argonne National Laboratory nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant has earned a TechConnect Innovation Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes Sumant’s work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. The technology was developed in partnership with Euclid Techlabs to create a superior field emission electron source for use in linear accelerators.

May 16, 2018
Argonne researchers have created a very-low-friction dry lubricant that has hundreds of industrial applications and can be used virtually wherever two pieces of metal rub together in dry conditions. Left to right: Mathew Cherukara, Ali Erdemir, Badri Narayanan, Alexander Zinovev, Anirudha Sumant and Subramanian Sankaranarayanan. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nanodiamonds are forever

Argonne researchers have created a self-generating, very-low-friction dry lubricant that lasts so long it could almost be confused with forever.

May 10, 2018
This week’s joint APS-CNM Users Meeting will allow users to share their scientific results with their peers; participate in engaging classes, lectures and workshops in cutting-edge science; and consult with more than 60 vendors whose products and services can help augment their research. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
APS-CNM Users Meeting helps scientists plan for an even brighter future

The Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials will host the APS-CNM Users Meeting to be held at Argonne from May 7 to 10.

May 9, 2018
Argonne scientists helped create a comprehensive new model that draws on supercomputers to simulate how various aspects of the Earth — its atmosphere, oceans, land, ice — move. (Image by

Argonne joins its sister national laboratories in powering a new earth modeling system with supercomputers. The system features weather-scale resolution and can help researchers anticipate decadal-scale changes that could influence the U.S. energy sector in years to come.

May 7, 2018