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10 highlights celebrating 10 years of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility turns 10 years old this week. Here are 10 highlights to celebrate its first decade of accomplishments.

February 2, 2016
(a) X-rays from the APS interact with cerium jets and impact a scintillator that converts the X-rays to visible light, while photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV) probes simultaneously measure jet-growth velocities. Four intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) detectors then capture the optically multiplexed images. (b) Multiple images of a jet as it crosses the field-of-view of the ICCD detectors. The groove in the back of the cerium sample is shown on the left. (courtesy of Brian Jensen, Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Jets reveal cerium’s shocked strength

"Jets” formed after shockwaves passed through cerium metal provided the yield stress of cerium in its post-shock state, indicating the stress that would cause it to become permanently deformed.

January 27, 2016
Mercouri Kanatzidis is a senior scientist at Argonne. His work focuses on thermoelectrics, photovoltaics and intermetallics and in designing new materials to develop superconductors. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne scientist receives American Physical Society award

The American Physical Society awarded chemist Mercouri Kanatzidis the 2016 James C. McGroddy prize for New Materials.

November 23, 2015
Assistant professor Matthew Kirk and a student from Kansas State University sample water from natural gas production wells in the Cherokee basin of southern Kansas. Kirk and colleagues are interested in understanding the role of microorganisms in the generation of natural gas from organic matter in the subsurface. Photo courtesy Brianna Kwasny, Kansas State University; click to view larger.
Natural gas from coal, courtesy of microbes

The key to extracting usable energy from deep coal seams and depleted oil reservoirs may lie with their tiniest residents: the microscopic organisms known as methanogenic Archaea.

November 20, 2015
Dominik Karbowski received the Best Paper Award–North America for “Vehicle Energy Management Optimisation Through Digital Maps and Connectivity” at the 2015 ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France.
Argonne Team Takes Home Best Paper at ITS 2015

Dominik Karbowski recently received the Best Paper Award–North America at the 2015 ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France, the world’s largest event focused on intelligent transportation.

November 13, 2015
Researchers at Argonne, Scripps Research Institute, and Rice University provide greater insight into the process of manipulating nature’s biosynthetic machinery to produce more effective antibiotics and cancer fighting drugs. (Click image to enlarge.)
New information about bacterial enzymes to help scientists develop more effective antibiotics, cancer drugs

Results of a new study from Argonne, Scripps Research Institute, and Rice University allows researchers to manipulate nature’s biosynthetic machinery to produce more effective antibiotics and cancer-fighting drugs.

November 5, 2015
Researchers at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials have confirmed the growth of self-directed graphene nanoribbons on the surface of the semiconducting material germanium by researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. (Click on image to enlarge.)
One Direction: Researchers grow nanocircuitry with semiconducting graphene nanoribbons

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison are the first to grow self-directed graphene nanoribbons on the surface of the semiconducting material germanium. This allows the semiconducting industry to tailor specific paths for nanocircuitry in their technologies. The findings were confirmed at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials.

October 13, 2015
A surfactant template guides the self-assembly of functional polymer structures in an aqueous solution. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy; image by Youngkyu Han and Renee Manning. Click to view larger.
‘Greener’ way to assemble materials for solar applications

Polymers used in solar cells today require solvents that can harm the environment, but scientists using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne have found a “greener” way to control the assembly of photovoltaic polymers in water using a surfactant— a detergent-like molecule—as a template.

October 8, 2015
Researchers have measured how the atoms within electrically insulating solids reorient due to an applied electric field. Shown here for Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3, bismuth ions (purple) align along the electric field direction relative to their surrounding titanium ions (blue). Oxygen ions not shown. (Click image to enlarge.)
Researchers measure how specific atoms move in dielectric materials

This article was originally published by North Caroliina State University.

October 5, 2015
Schematic illustration of an entropy stabilized oxide at the atomic scale. The grey spheres represent the oxygen sub lattice in the rock salt-structured crystal while the colored spheres represent the metal cations. Each different color corresponds to different elemental species. Note that different metals are distributed randomly. Image credit: Jon-Paul Maria. (Click image to enlarge.)
Researchers create first entropy-stabilized complex oxide alloys

Researchers from North Carolina State University, using the Advanced Photon Source, have created the first entropy-stabilized alloy that incorporates oxides – and demonstrated conclusively that the crystalline structure of the material can be determined by disorder at the atomic scale rather than chemical bonding.

September 29, 2015