Argonne National Laboratory

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Argonne to study safer handling of electric vehicle batteries after accidents

Researchers will be receiving $1.5 million in funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop a procedure for managing the stranded energy left in high-voltage electric vehicle battery packs after an accident.

September 17, 2012
Above: Fermilab National Laboratory prairie, where Argonne researchers studied carbon dioxide uptake according to differences in soil. (Courtesy of Fermilab Visual Media Services)
Studying photosynthesis and soil respiration interactions in a grassland ecosystem

A research team from Argonne’s Biological Sciences Division and Environmental Science Division investigated the relationships of net ecosystem carbon exchange, soil temperature, and moisture with soil respiration rate and its components at a grassland ecosystem.

September 10, 2012
A roofer installs Dow POWERHOUSE solar shingles. (Image courtesy Dow)
Dow POWERHOUSE solar shingles reinvent the roof

Research at the Advanced Photon Source played a significant role in the development of Dow POWERHOUSE™ roofing shingles, which incorporate a photovoltaic system in the roofing material that provides power for the house.

September 3, 2012
Magnetic modes in Sr₂IrO₄ hint at exotic superconductivity

Researchers from Argonne’s Materials Science Division and the Advanced Photon Source used resonant inelastic x-ray scattering to reveal novel magnetic excitations in single crystals of the 5d transition metal oxide Sr2IrO4.

August 27, 2012
New computational method aims to lower risk factors in stem cell transplantation

Researchers have developed a new structure-based methodology to model peptide-HLA binding interactions.

August 20, 2012
Argonne licenses SAS4A/SASSYS-1 advanced reactor safety analysis code to TerraPower

UChicago Argonne, LLC and TerraPower have reached a license agreement for the SAS4A/SASSYS-1 safety analysis code system.

August 13, 2012
Plants’ rapid response system revealed

A collaboration among scientists working at the Advanced Photon Source and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility has revealed the workings of a switch that activates plant hormones, tags them for storage or marks them for destruction.

August 6, 2012
Shedding light on Nature’s nanoscale control of solar energy

A team of users from the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory and Argonne have carried out experiments that shed new light on how photosynthesis occurs.

July 30, 2012
Argonne provides technical support for conversion of Russian research reactors

On July 19, the United Press International reported the Russian government’s announcement that at least one Russian nuclear research reactor will be converted to use low-enriched uranium (LEU) by 2

July 23, 2012
Recently honored with a federal award for energy and water savings, Argonne is lowering its campus energy footprint in creative ways. These hybrid solar- and wind-powered streetlights, which are completely off the power grid, adorn Argonne sidewalks. A small solar panel and wind turbine powers the LED light atop the fixture. The light can store energy in batteries for up to three days without sun or wind.
New energy efficient lights save tax dollars

With the installation of new energy efficient lights, Argonne is estimated to save nearly $160,000 in taxpayer funds and more than 2,420,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually.

July 20, 2012