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As Associate Laboratory Director at Argonne, Peter B. Littlewood has led an innovative cross-disciplinary approach that brings together leading researchers in materials science, physics, chemistry and computation to create new materials with the potential to revolutionize energy science. Click to enlarge.
Peter B. Littlewood appointed Director of Argonne National Laboratory

Peter B. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected to serve as Argonne’s 13th director, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer announced.

March 25, 2014
EcoCAR 2 participants. Click to enlarge.
University competition cars visit Argonne for testing

Three university teams competing to win the EcoCAR 2 challenge will visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory this week. The national contest offers students a unique hands-on experience to select and implement advanced technologies that increase vehicle fuel efficiency.

March 24, 2014
The coordinated effort announced today combines JCESR’s deep knowledge of the basic science in energy storage research with NASA Glenn’s expertise engineering battery technologies with aerospace applications. Click to enlarge.
JCESR and NASA team up to conduct research for next-generation batteries to be used in space

The U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) and NASA Glenn Research Center are collaborating to develop next-generation batteries for use in future space missions.

March 19, 2014
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin talked Monday about how beneficial it would be for the U.S. to gain more control over its energy future. Click to enlarge.
Sen. Durbin and Rep. Foster help dedicate Energy Sciences Building

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11) helped formally dedicate on Monday the new Energy Sciences Building at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

March 14, 2014
Researchers at Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have teamed up to convert platinum-nickel polyhedra into bare frames that had a much richer platinum content. Click to enlarge.
Nanoframe of mind

Researchers at Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have teamed up to convert platinum-nickel polyhedra into bare frames that had a much richer platinum content.

March 10, 2014
A schematic shows different nanoparticle configurations possible with a new technique to create custom bimetallic nanoparticles. Click to enlarge.
Two metals are better than one

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, people have appreciated the advantages of using alloys rather than single metals to make better materials. Recently, scientists have discovered a recipe for making tiny two-metal structures that could similarly expand the forefront of materials science.

March 4, 2014
(From left) Argonne scientists Bob Scott, Rick Vondrasek and Gary Zinkann inspect the surface ionization source, which provides stable beams to the charge breeder at the Argonne Tandem-Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS). Click to enlarge.
Argonne’s ATLAS facility gets a face lift

Researchers at the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System facility recently completed an upgrade to the facility’s booster, which produces high-intensity beams of stable and radioactive isotopes.

February 26, 2014
(From left) Brookhaven National Laboratory's Alexei Klimentov and Torre Wenaus. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of 'big data' tools

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has awarded a $3.4 million “mega-grant” to Alexei Klimentov, Physics Applications Software Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop new “big data” computing tools for the advancement of science.

February 24, 2014
Atomic carbon (black spheres) is evaporated at over 2,300 degrees Celcius and deposited on a silver platform where flakes of graphene form. Lighter-colored regions correspond to graphene growth and silver is depicted in the darker regions. Click to enlarge.
Silver linings: Argonne scientists are first to grow graphene on silver

Researchers discover a new method to growing graphene on silver opening the door to new physics and device applications.

February 24, 2014
When swimming around, bacteria often have a mind of their own. Click to enlarge.
It’s alive: Scientists combine bacteria with liquid crystals

Argonne scientists have grown bacteria in a liquid crystal medium and observed unique patterns of bacterial motion.

February 24, 2014