Science Highlights

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Silver particles improve performance of battery material

Argonne materials scientist Larry Curtiss is part of an Argonne team working on a new battery architecture that uses lithium-oxygen bonds as it stores and releases energy, and silver as the metal catalyst that makes this possible.

December 16, 2014
A Sankey diagram illustrating transition probabilities between the accessible electronic configurations (EC) of an argon atom exposed to an intense XFEL pluse at 480-electronvolts. The vertical bars represent ECs, and the width of each green branch, going from left to right, indicate the  transition probability. (Click to enlarge).
Ultrafast imaging of complex systems in 3-D at near atomic resolution becoming increasingly possible

It is becoming possible to image complex systems in 3-D with near-atomic resolution on ultrafast timescales using extremely intense X-ray free-electron laser pulses.

December 16, 2014
Argonne’s Combined Heat and Power Plant team members helped secure a multimillion dollar Energy Savings Performance Contract to help offset the cost of the project. Left to right: Mike Dunn, Dan Nassar, Sean Seamon, John Daum, Greg Barrett, Greg Jonas, Steve Hunsberger and Chris Jablonski.
Argonne receives 2014 DOE Sustainability Award

Argonne has been recognized with the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Sustainability Award for its efforts towards meeting White House and DOE goals in energy performance contracting.

January 5, 2015
Technology available for license: Charging of liquid energy storage media through radiolysis (ANL-IN-14-036)

This technology utilizes radiolysis to charge liquid energy storage media including nanoelectrofuels. Charged liquid can be used in flow batteries for transportation and stationary energy-storage applications.

January 23, 2015
The Shedd Aquarium will test its environments to explore the microorganisms living and contributing to the ecosystems there. (Image courtesy John G. Shedd Aquarium; click photo to view larger.)
Shedd Aquarium teams up with Argonne, others for first study of aquarium microbiology

Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium announced the launch of the Aquarium Microbiome Project – the first-ever study exploring the microscopic living community in a controlled aquarium environment and its impact on the animals that live in them.

February 3, 2015
Argonne’s Advanced Protein Characterization Facility has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. (Click to view larger.)
Argonne APCF achieves LEED Gold rating

Argonne’s Advanced Protein Characterization Facility has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Construction of the APCF was funded by the State of Illinois.

February 13, 2015
Scanning tunneling microscope images show the configuration of the materials with increased doping (from left to right). Small areas of well-defined charge density wave ordering become visible. (Image courtesy Stephan Rosenkranz. Click to view larger.)
Unraveling the origin of the pseudogap in a charge density wave compound

By combining a variety of different experimental techniques and theory, a group led by researchers at Argonne obtained unique insights into the nature of the pseudogap state in a canonical charge density wave material.

April 1, 2015
Optical interferometric picture of the actuated micromechanical bridges used to manipulate and control the flow of plasmons in the new plasmonic phase modulator. The device can introduce a maximum of 5 rad of phase modulation with low insertion and excess losses. (Click to enlarge.)
New nano-mechanical plasmonic phase modulator offers electronics potential

By using standard semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a team of scientists demonstrated a nano-mechanical plasmon phase modulator that can control and manipulate the flow of plasmons at the nanoscale without any degradation in optical performance.

April 3, 2015
Argonne workshop to explore innovative ways to encourage water conservation

Experts in water conservation, efficiency and behavioral sciences will be gathering later this month at Argonne to address how behavior-changing technologies can play a role in addressing projected shortfalls in water supply.

April 15, 2015
Three pairs of diffuse magnetic x-ray scattering intensities arising from three short-range zigzag states (illustrated at the center) in a honeycomb lattice iridate Na2IrO3. Distinct magnetic anisotropy of each state manifests bond-directional interactions that lead to a strong magnetic frustration. (Click image to enlarge.)
Argonne X-rays validate quantum magnetism model

Scientists at Argonne and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany have validated a theorized model of quantum magnetism by observing it firsthand in a honeycomb lattice.

May 20, 2015