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A catalytic balancing act December 21, 2017

Scientists have recently used a new and counterintuitive approach to create a better catalyst that supports one of the reactions involved in splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. By first creating an alloy of two of the densest naturally occurring elements and then removing one, the scientists reshaped the remaining material’s structure so that it better balanced three important factors: activity, stability and conductivity.

Nine ways Argonne advanced science and technology in 2017December 21, 2017

As 2018 approaches, Argonne looks back at nine cool stories that came out of research projects and collaborations at the laboratory.

Argonne Site Environmental Reports

Since 1972, Argonne has monitored the environment of its Illinois site and each year issued public reports on its findings.

The latest reports are available here in pdf format. Please note that these files are large and make take some time to download.

An archive of reports since 1972 is also available on request.

The wet road to fast and stable batteriesDecember 12, 2017

An international team of scientists —– including several researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory — – has discovered an anode battery material with superfast charging and stable operation over many thousands of cycles.

Department of Energy supports Argonne nuclear technologiesDecember 5, 2017

This fall, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced nearly $4.7 million in funding for the department’s Argonne National Laboratory across 16 projects in three divisions. Four of those TCF awards, representing more than $1 million in funds, are slated for Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering division.

“Holy Grail” for batteries: Solid-state magnesium battery a big step closer November 28, 2017

A team of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe.

Argonne appoints Chief of StaffNovember 21, 2017

Megan Clifford has been named Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, effective January 1, 2018.

Argonne scientists capture several R&D 100 AwardsNovember 21, 2017

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently earned several R&D 100 Awards.

Renewable opportunities abundant in IllinoisNovember 10, 2017

Huge amounts of organic waste are generated each year in the United States, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This creates a sizable market for technologies that can convert these wastes into usable products. The DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory has developed a simple and efficient process to do that.

Atlas wins ocean-themed competitionNovember 7, 2017

Startup in Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations wins international pitch competition Ocean Exchange.