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This computer-generated image shows nanotubes, 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, which comprise a new technique developed at Argonne for "growing" solar cells.
Argonne "homegrown" hybrid solar cell aims for low-cost power

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have refined a technique to manufacture solar cells by creating tubes of semiconducting material and then "growing" polymers directly inside them.

November 10, 2009
An animation of the battery charging in the 2011 Chevy Volt. The battery is based on cathode technology invented at Argonne National Laboratory. Photo courtesy General Motors.
Argonne strikes licensing deals with LG Chem, GM for advanced battery technology

General Motors Co., LG Chem, Ltd. and Argonne National Laboratory announced today they have reached a licensing agreement to use Argonne's patented composite cathode material to make advanced lithium-ion batteries that last longer between charges and can charge at higher voltages.

January 10, 2010
This T-shaped battery, a replica of the battery used in the Chevy Volt, includes Argonne cathode technology. LG Chem licensed the materials and created the battery. Image courtesy General Motors.
Argonne battery technology helps power Chevy Volt

This month, thousands of new Chevy Volt owners will begin the real road tests of the first mass-produced plug-in hybrid electric car. While much of the car's engineering is unique, consumers may be unaware that some of its most extraordinary technology is inside the nearly 400-lb. battery that powers the vehicle in electric mode.

January 1, 2011
Argonne National Laboratory has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems. The deal marks the fifth licensing agreement for the Argonne-developed cathode technology.
Argonne, Envia strike deal to license advanced battery technology

Argonne National Laboratory has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems, based in Newark, Calif.

January 1, 2011
Energy storage research visualized: Scalar potential of a point charge shortly after exiting a dipole magnet, moving left to right.
Argonne electrifies energy storage research

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory is working in overdrive to develop advanced energy storage technologies to aid the growth of a nascent U.S. battery manufacturing industry, help transition the U.S. automotive fleet to one dominated by plug-in hybrid and electric passenger vehicles, and enable greater use of renewable energy technologies.

June 29, 2011
Biochemical engineer Seth Snyder is pictured with the laboratory's resin wafer technology.
Argonne wins FLC award for resin wafer technology

Argonne has received a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for a separations technology that improves the processing of biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals.

February 1, 2012
Researchers at Argonne have begun to investigate adding one more contender to the list of possible energy sources for light-duty cars and trucks: compressed natural gas. Image courtesy of Mercedes Benz.
A 'natural' solution for transportation

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have begun to investigate adding one more contender to the list of possible energy sources for light-duty cars and trucks: compressed natural gas.

February 2, 2012
Argonne chemist Elena Timofeeva conducts a quality control evaluation of thermal nanofluids.
Nanofluids improve performance of vehicle components

Argonne researchers are working with two industrial partners to create nanofluids that improve the cooling of power electronics in hybrid electric vehicles.

March 9, 2012
When coated with ultrananocrystalline diamond, these pump seals use less energy during pumping.
Argonne in the marketplace: Ultrananocrystalline diamond

Even as royalty set diamonds into crowns and rings, engineers lusted after the gems for different reasons: diamonds are stronger than any other natural material and are excellent electrical insulators and heat conductors. A technique invented at Argonne National Laboratory creates thin films of diamond with grains so small they're called ultrananocrystalline diamond films

July 1, 2012
SiteDiagnostics, a start-up biotechnology company based on research by Aeraj ul Haque and Dan Schabacker (pictured here), also of Argonne, won fourth place in the 2012 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge. Their research has created new biochips that can detect bovine mastitis infection in dairy cows.
Biochips to investigate cattle disease win entrepreneurial challenge

Researchers at Argonne are feeling bullish about new biochips that can detect bovine mastitis infection in dairy cows.

July 9, 2012