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Principal chemical engineer Jie Li, left, and postdoctoral researcher Alina Yan create coated nanoparticles in a continuous flow reactor. Nanoparticles are key to an ongoing effort at Argonne to create more efficient window films.
Through a glass, warmly: Argonne nanomaterials can help make windows more efficient

A team of Argonne researchers is using nanomaterials to get closer to one of the holy grails of building efficiency technologies: single-pane windows with efficiency as good or better than multipane low-emission windows. The team recently received a $3.1 million award from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop a technology that could help achieve that goal.

May 31, 2016
From left, researchers Ani Sumant, Ali Erdemir, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sanket Deshmukh, and Diana Berman combined diamond, graphene, and carbon to achieve superlubricity.
Argonne-developed technology for achieving superlubricity wins 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award

A graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity developed at Argonne National Laboratory has won a 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award. Using miniscule diamonds wrapped in graphene, friction can be reduced to almost zero value. This superlubricity effect is a very enticing prospect for industries making everything from computer hard drives to wind turbines.

May 26, 2016
A depiction of magnetic charge ice. Nanoscale magnets are arranged in a two-dimensional lattice. Each nanomagnet produces a pair of magnetic charges, one positive (red ball on the north pole) and one negative (blue ball on the south pole). The magnetic flux lines (white) point from positive charges to negative charges. (Image credit: Yong-Lei Wang/Zhili Xiao)
Scientists create 'magnetic charge ice'

A team of scientists working at Argonne National Laboratory, led by Northern Illinois University physicist and Argonne materials scientist Zhili Xiao, has created a new material called “rewritable magnetic charge ice” that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies.

May 25, 2016
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