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Anirudha “Ani” Sumant is a nanoscientist at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials. He received the 2018 TechConnect Innovation Award for his work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne’s TechConnect hat trick

Argonne National Laboratory nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant has earned a TechConnect Innovation Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes Sumant’s work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. The technology was developed in partnership with Euclid Techlabs to create a superior field emission electron source for use in linear accelerators.

May 16, 2018
Argonne researchers have created a very-low-friction dry lubricant that has hundreds of industrial applications and can be used virtually wherever two pieces of metal rub together in dry conditions. Left to right: Mathew Cherukara, Ali Erdemir, Badri Narayanan, Alexander Zinovev, Anirudha Sumant and Subramanian Sankaranarayanan. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nanodiamonds are forever

Argonne researchers have created a self-generating, very-low-friction dry lubricant that lasts so long it could almost be confused with forever.

May 10, 2018
This week’s joint APS-CNM Users Meeting will allow users to share their scientific results with their peers; participate in engaging classes, lectures and workshops in cutting-edge science; and consult with more than 60 vendors whose products and services can help augment their research. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
APS-CNM Users Meeting helps scientists plan for an even brighter future

The Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials will host the APS-CNM Users Meeting to be held at Argonne from May 7 to 10.

May 9, 2018
Argonne materials scientist Samuel Bader is one of only three recipients of the 2018 Magnetism Award and Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne scientist wins international award for magnetism research

Samuel Bader, a longtime materials scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, is one of three researchers to earn the 2018 prestigious Magnetism Award and Néel Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

May 4, 2018
Argonne scientists (left to right) Albert Wagner, Stephen Klippenstein, Lawrence Harding and James Miller (not pictured) have been named fellows of The Combustion Institute for their groundbreaking work in combustion science and technology. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Four Argonne researchers earn international honors

Four senior researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have received international recognition for their groundbreaking work in combustion science and technology. Chemists Lawrence Harding, Albert Wagner, Stephen Klippenstein and James Miller have been inducted as fellows of The Combustion Institute.

April 26, 2018
John Carlisle, director of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne, is seen here introducing the opening of the second CRI cohort pitch on February 7. Six innovators were chosen from that competition and will work to grow their technologies at Argonne over the next two years. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne selects innovators from across nation to grow startups

Argonne announces second cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations.

April 18, 2018
This shows the reaction mechanism for converting hydrogen fluoride (HF) impurity from the electrolyte into lithium fluoride (LiF) in the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) with release of hydrogen gas (H<sub>2</sub>). The SEI layer is shown on a substrate of gold (Au) atoms, which serves as a simplified model system. Scientists determined this mechanism using advanced computational methods (density functional theory and molecular dynamics simulations). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Battery’s hidden layer revealed

An international team led by Argonne National Laboratory makes breakthrough in understanding the chemistry of the microscopically thin layer that forms between the liquid electrolyte and solid electrode in lithium-ion batteries. The results are being used in improving the layer and better predicting battery lifetime.

April 17, 2018
For the first time, Argonne scientists and other collaborators observed the mirror-like physics of the superconductor-insulator transition. They now see it operates exactly as expected. (Image by Shutterstock / ktsdesign.)
Mirror, Mirror

The mirror-like physics of the superconductor-insulator transition operates exactly as expected. Scientists know this to be true following the observation of a remarkable phenomenon, the existence of which was predicted three decades ago but that had eluded experimental detection until now. The observation confirms that two fundamental quantum states, superconductivity and superinsulation, both arise in mirror-like images of each other.

April 6, 2018
Argonne’s Suzanne te Velthuis and Stephan Rosenkranz have been named fellows of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Doing the neutron dance

Two materials scientists, Suzanne te Velthuis and Stephan Rosenkranz, have been named fellows of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA).

April 4, 2018
This shows electron microscopy of cross-linked titania nanoparticles with boron-based clusters. Argonne researchers helped create a method to build these networks. (Image courtesy of UCLA / Alexander Spokoyny.)
What a mesh

A team of scientists from across the U.S. has found a new way to create molecular interconnections that can give a certain class of materials exciting new properties, including improving their ability to catalyze chemical reactions or harvest energy from light.

March 29, 2018