Science Highlights

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Squeezing information from materials under extreme pressure

By compressing tiny amounts of material between two diamond anvils, scientists have for more than three decades been able to achieve pressures of over 1 million atmospheres.

July 1, 2010
Coulomb dissociation: A new tool for nuclear astrophysics

The stars shine because of nuclear reactions and nucleosynthesis processes.

June 1, 2010
Argonne achieves dramatic improvement in low-temperature engine combustion

Argonne engineers in the Center for Transportation Research are developing an advanced combustion system that achieves high efficiency (diesel-like)

June 1, 2010
High-dielectric-constant capacitors for hybrid electric vehicles

The DC bus capacitors are currently the largest component of inverters in hybrid electric vehicles.

June 1, 2010
Quick-change molecules caught in the act

The chemistry of life happens so fast that a millionth of a second is largely invisible to science and in that time, molecules change in ways we cannot see.

May 1, 2010
New metal deposition technique offers promise for fuel cells, pacemakers

Noble metal alloys have numerous applications in microelectronics, fuel cells, and medicine. For instance, platinum-iridium alloys are used for the electrodes in pacemakers.

May 1, 2010
Imaging feldspar reactivity with X-ray reflection interface microscopy

The mineral-fluid interface is the principal site of low-temperature geochemical processes at and near Earth’s surface, and exerts a powerful influence on natural geochemical cycles.

May 1, 2010
Plug-in hybrid engine thermal state and resulting efficiency

Testing plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) over standardized and real world drive cycles has shown relatively large fuel consumption differences between ambient cold starts and hot starts.  Losses on

May 1, 2010
New catalyst for converting propane to propylene

Argonne scientists discovered a new catalyst for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene, one of the highest volume reactions carried out in the modern petrochemical industry.

May 1, 2010
Better cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

Increased interest in the development of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is spurring a multitude of investigations into ways of improving this potential alternative energy source. 

April 1, 2010