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Argonne researchers have gotten a better look at how the molecular structures of organic solar cells form, which provides new insights that can improve their efficiency. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Dave Weaver.)
Going organic

Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers analyzed how organic solar cells’ crystal structures develop as they are produced under different conditions. With the APS, researchers learned how certain additives affect the microstructures obtained, providing new insights that can improve the cells’ efficiency.

January 9, 2018
John Quintana has been named Argonne's Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer (COO). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
John Quintana named Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer

John Quintana has been named Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

January 4, 2018
Argonne scientists and their collaborators have used a new and counterintuitive approach to balance three important factors — activity, stability and conductivity — in a new catalyst designed for splitting water. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
A catalytic balancing act

Scientists have recently used a new and counterintuitive approach to create a better catalyst that supports one of the reactions involved in splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. By first creating an alloy of two of the densest naturally occurring elements and then removing one, the scientists reshaped the remaining material’s structure so that it better balanced three important factors: activity, stability and conductivity.

December 21, 2017
A research team that included Argonne chemist Stephen Klippenstein examined the production of hydroxyl radicals, which help break down air pollutants, in a new light. (Credit: Shutterstock / chuyuss)
Clearing the air

A greater understanding of the dynamics of chemical reactions is leading to better models of atmospheric chemistry. Through this work, scientists are gaining insight into a key chemical able to break down some major air pollutants.

December 13, 2017
By heating the anode material to a much lower temperature (less than 260°C), scientists could remove the water near the surface, but retain the water in the bulk of the material, which enhanced its characteristics. Credit: <em>Nature Communications</em> and study authors. Licensed <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode"><em>here</em></a>. Image was resized.
The wet road to fast and stable batteries

An international team of scientists —– including several researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory — – has discovered an anode battery material with superfast charging and stable operation over many thousands of cycles.

December 12, 2017
A <em>Nature</em> study describes how Argonne and collaborating institutions helped develop a new way of converting methane to methanol using rhodium-based catalysts. (Image credit: Shutterstock / Double Brain)
Making fuel out of thick air

In a new study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, Tufts University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory teamed up to explore the potential of rhodium-based catalysts for this conversion under milder conditions.

December 7, 2017
Entrepreneur John Carlisle has been named the director of Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Successful startup founder to lead entrepreneurship program at Argonne

John Carlisle has been named the director of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), a program aimed at accelerating job creation through innovation, based at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

December 4, 2017
Baris Key, assistant chemist (left) and Hao Wang, postdoctoral researcher (right) prepare an experiment in Argonne’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
“Holy Grail” for batteries: Solid-state magnesium battery a big step closer

A team of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe.

November 28, 2017
A team led by Argonne-based researcher Jacqui Cole has reported an advance in smart window technology that could enable cities to move closer to the goal of being energy sustainable. (Image credit: cybrain/ Shutterstock.)
Solar cell discovery opens a new window to powering tomorrow’s cities

Windows that generate electricity may have a clearer path to prominent roles in buildings of the future due to an Argonne-led discovery.

November 22, 2017
Megan Clifford has been named Chief of Staff at Argonne National Laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne appoints Chief of Staff

Megan Clifford has been named Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, effective January 1, 2018.

November 21, 2017