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Four Argonne researchers appointed fellows of scientific societies

A select group of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has been honored as fellows of the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society. Physicists Kawtar Hafidi and Michael Carpenter have been appointed as American Physical Society fellows and Materials Scientist Khalil Amine and Chemist Chris Johnson have been elected as Electrochemical Society fellows.

October 20, 2017
DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million for nine projects in three divisions. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Department of Energy awards flow into Argonne

DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million in projects as part of the DOE’s Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) in September.

October 18, 2017
This shows the synthetic purple membrane assembly developed by Elena Rozhkova and fellow Argonne researchers. The assembly, which includes nanodiscs, titanium dioxide and platinum nanoparticles, can transform sunlight into hydrogen fuel. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Purple power: Synthetic ‘purple membranes’ transform sunlight to hydrogen fuel

Argonne researchers have found a new way to produce solar fuels by developing “synthetic purple membranes.” These membranes involve an assembly of lipid nanodiscs, man-made proteins, and semiconducting nanoparticles that, when taken together, can transform sunlight into hydrogen fuel.

October 12, 2017
“When scientists add or remove a proton (H+) from the perovskite (SmNiO3 (SNO)) lattice, the material’s atomic structure expands or contracts dramatically to accommodate it in a process called ‘lattice breathing,’” said Badri Narayanan, an Argonne assistant material scientist and co-author of the study. But when it happens repeatedly, this activity wanes, resembling human forgetfulness. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Forget about it

Inspired by human forgetfulness — how our brains discard unnecessary data to make room for new information — scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and three universities, conducted a recent study that combined supercomputer simulation and X-ray characterization of a material that gradually “forgets.” This could one day be used for advanced bio-inspired computing.

October 10, 2017
LightMAT is a network of 10 national laboratories — including Argonne — with technical capabilities highly relevant for organizations that seek to develop and use lightweight materials.  The group is seeking proposals from interested industry partners. (Image courtesy of Lightweight Materials National Laboratory Consortium / Argonne National Laboratory.)
Lighten up

To accelerate innovation and adoption of new lightweighting technologies for on-highway vehicles, the Lightweight Materials National Laboratory Consortium, or LightMAT, is overseeing a second directed funding-assistance call. Interested industry partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique materials capabilities at the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories are encouraged to apply.

October 6, 2017
Suresh Sunderrajan has been named the associate laboratory director for the Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Sunderrajan to lead Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach Directorate

Suresh Sunderrajan has been named the associate laboratory director (ALD) for the Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach (STPO) Directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

October 2, 2017
Argonne’s Sibendu Som explains how the VERIFI team – along with the Aramco Research Center, Detroit – reduced engine design time from months to weeks. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Turbocharging engine design

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have moved the development process into the passing lane. For the first time, Argonne’s scientists and engineers pinpointed engine designs for a given fuel using the Mira supercomputer at the heart of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

September 27, 2017
Starting in November 2017, Robert O. Hettel will oversee the planning, construction and implementation of the upgrade of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Robert O. Hettel to lead APS Upgrade

Robert O. Hettel has been appointed Director of the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade Project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. He will join Argonne in November 2017.
Hettel, a veteran accelerator designer and expert on storage-ring light sources, comes to Argonne from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Laboratory that includes the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL).

September 19, 2017
Several small businesses recognized as nuclear energy innovators will have a chance to work with Argonne National Laboratory through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, or GAIN, initiative. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Small businesses to GAIN from Argonne nuclear expertise

Six small businesses receive GAIN vouchers to work with Argonne.

September 15, 2017
Santanu Chaudhuri, Ph.D. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Chaudhuri named Director of Manufacturing Science and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory announces the appointment of Santanu Chaudhuri, Ph.D., as the Director of the Laboratory’s new Manufacturing Science and Engineering initiative, effective Sept. 14, 2017

September 14, 2017