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Argonne materials scientists Seungbum Hong (left) and Andreas Roelofs adjust an atomic force microscope.
Click to enlarge. Photo credit: Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory.
Microscopy charges ahead

In order to see the true polarization states of ferroelectric materials quickly and efficiently, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique called charge gradient microscopy.

May 28, 2014
Researchers have discovered how to overcome technical challenges that hindered use of Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®) in commercial applications by devising a way to incorporate a safe form of the lithium powder into any type of Li-ion battery, including those used for electric vehicles, enabling greater energy density, extended cycle-life and reduced manufacturing costs. Click to enlarge.
FMC-Argonne project could expand use of company's lithium technology

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory working with FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC), Charlotte, N.C., have developed novel materials that would help expand technology and product development by industries using the company's unique Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®).

May 28, 2014
Scientists from Argonne created the world’s thinnest flexible, transparent thin-film transistor, which could one day be useful in making a truly flexible display screen for TVs or phones. From left: Andreas Roelofs, Anirudha Sumant, and Richard Gulotty; in foreground, Saptarshi Das. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Flexible, transparent thin film transistors raise hopes for flexible screens

The electronics world has been dreaming for half a century of the day you can roll a TV up in a tube. But scientists got one step closer last month when researchers at Argonne reported the creation of the world’s thinnest flexible, see-through 2-D thin film transistors.

May 23, 2014
A team of scientists from Argonne National Laboratory discovered a new magnetic phase in iron-based superconductors. From left: Duck-Young Chung, Omar Chmaissem, Stephan Rosenkranz, Daniel Bugaris, Mercouri Kanatzidis, Ray Osborn and Jared Allred. Credit: Photo by Mark Lopez / Argonne National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Argonne scientists discover new magnetic phase in iron-based superconductors

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a previously unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides. This sheds light on a debate over the interactions between atoms and electrons that are responsible for their unusual superconductivity.

May 21, 2014
Senior Nuclear Engineer and Technical Director Keith Bradley is being recognized for demonstrating outstanding mentorship and dedicated advocacy for advancing and mentoring colleagues from all positions and career tenures. Click to enlarge.
2014 Outstanding Staff Mentor Award winner announced

Senior Nuclear Engineer and Technical Director Keith Bradley is to be honored with Argonne National Laboratory’s 2014 Outstanding Staff Mentor Award.

May 16, 2014
From left: Susan Hedman, U.S. EPA Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager; Karen Kosky, Sustainability and Environmental Program Manager; Kaushik Joshi, U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Engineer; Gregg Kulma, Argonne Environmental Engineer. Click to enlarge.
Argonne and Dept. of Energy receive EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Award

Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have been recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Federal Green Challenge Award in the waste reduction category.

May 15, 2014
The secondary structure (A) and two views of the SAXS envelope (cyan in B&C) and derived atomic model (red in B&C) for Rev-protein response element (RRE) in HIV-1 RNA genome. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
New insight on HIV life cycle gained through creative use of high-energy X-rays

Structural basis of recognition between an HIV-1 RNA domain and rev protein for nuclear export before being spliced

May 12, 2014
Argonne's Advanced Photon Source. Click to enlarge.
Scientists find X-rays can cause reversible resistance changes

In a new study, researchers at Argonne looked at how a material’s electrical resistance changes when it is irradiated with high-energy X-rays.

May 6, 2014
The world’s first protein characterization research facility directly attached to a light source will open in the near future at the Advanced Photon Source. The Advanced Protein Characterization Facility will use state-of-the-art robotics for gene cloning, protein expression, protein purification and protein crystallization. Click to enlarge.
Advanced Photon Source to remain leader in protein structure research for years

No X-ray facility in the world has supported more protein structure research and characterized more proteins than the Advanced Photon Source. Soon this 2/3-mile in circumference X-ray instrument will get a boost in efficiency that likely will translate into a big boon for the discovery of new pharmaceuticals, the control of genetic disorders and other diseases and advance the biotech industry.

May 5, 2014
Deep underground, microbes have to breathe iron and sulfur to get energy. Argonne scientists announced they have found what appears to be a missing step in the iron-sulfur cycle in underground aquifers. It turns out that sulfur (white-yellow power, on top) may be far more essential than previously thought in helping microbes harvest energy from iron minerals (from top to bottom: yellow goethite, red hematite, orange lepidocrocite) and produce sulfur-iron minerals, like mackinawite (black). Understanding these cycles is important for carbon sequestration and for predicting the fate of ground pollution. Click to enlarge. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.
Study in 'Science' finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifers

A study published today in Science magazine by researchers from Argonne may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. This dance affects groundwater quality, the fate of contaminants in the ground and the emerging science of carbon sequestration.

May 1, 2014