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During his 15-year career at Argonne, Seth Darling has made a notable impact as a scientist within the Nanoscience and Technology Division and at the Center for Nanoscale Materials. (Image by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Seth Darling named Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at Argonne

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has named Seth Darling as Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at Argonne (IME at Argonne), effective immediately. IME at Argonne is the Argonne-based partner to the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

August 15, 2017
From Left to Right: XPD beamline scientist Sanjit Ghose, postdoctoral researcher Anna Plonka, and Brookhaven Chemist Anatoly Frenkel. (Image by Brookaven National Laboratory.)
Scientists find new method to control electronic properties of nanocrystals

Researchers from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Stony Brook University, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new effects of an important method for modulating semiconductors.

August 10, 2017
Cristina Negri has been named division director of the Environmental Sciences division at Argonne effective August 14, 2017. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Cristina Negri named Environmental Science division director

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has named M. Cristina Negri the next director of the laboratory’s Environmental Science Division (EVS), effective August 14, 2017.

July 31, 2017
Alexander Zholents is director of Argonne’s Accelerator Systems Division (ASD).  A Senior Scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Physical Society, Zholents was chosen as one of Argonne’s Distinguished Fellows because of his “outstanding technical leadership of major, complex, high-priority projects.”
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Argonne appoints Distinguished Fellows for 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has chosen scientists Alexander Zholents, David Tiede, Wai-Kwong Kwok and Tijana Rajh as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank.

May 25, 2017
New research led by Juan de Pablo, the Liew Family Professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering, uncovers previously unknown features that develop from the interface between air and certain widely studied liquid crystals. The University of Chicago team used Advanced Photon Source X-rays and Argonne’s high performance computing cluster to produce large-scale simulations in order to reconstruct the molecular details. (Image by Juan J. de Pablo.)
Research reveals inner workings of liquid crystals

Liquid crystals are used in everything from tiny digital watches to huge television screens, from optical devices to biomedical detectors.

March 22, 2017
Photos of nanocrystal colloids in molten inorganic salts. A team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne, has identified a new class of colloidal systems involving inorganic solvents, a discovery that could offer new applications for nanotechnology and better functional materials. (Image by Dmitri V. Talapin et. al)
Argonne scientists discover new class of colloidal systems

Scientists from Argonne and the University of Chicago have discovered a new class of colloids from inorganic solvents, which could have greater applications for numerous areas including nanotechnology.

March 7, 2017
A diagram showing the “spiral” of noncollinear magnetic orientations (in pink) of a nickelate material next to a manganite material (Image by Anand Bhattacharya/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Scientists discover magnetic “persuasion” in neighboring metals

Certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new Argonne study.

March 1, 2017
Signals from this showerhead can cut water consumption by 10 percent. (Image by
New report highlights technologies that help consumers reduce water consumption

What technology features can researchers take from other industries to change consumers’ water habits? A new Argonne report explores the options.

December 21, 2016
Brenda Teaster (center) accepted the Governor’s Sustainability Award on behalf of Argonne. Presenting the award were (left) Mark R. Ryan, executive director of the Prairie Research Institute, and (right) Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Argonne wins 2016 IL Governors’ Sustainability Award

For the third consecutive year, Argonne has won a prestigious Governor’s Sustainability Award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

December 8, 2016
Argonne nuclear engineer Bob Hill was honored this week as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Hill named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society

Bob Hill, technical director of advanced nuclear energy research and development at the U.S.

November 17, 2016