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Argonne scientist Anil Mane inspects a microchannel plate developed by Argonne and Incom, Inc. Microchannel plates are used in many imaging and sensing technologies.
Argonne in the marketplace: Microchannel plates with ALD

Think of an eight-inch square honeycomb structure made of glass whose pores are just a few tens of microns thick—the size of a single bacterium. In your mind’s eye, you hold the beginnings of a breakthrough technology.

September 13, 2013
This kit uses Rhodobacter bacteria to “manufacture” proteins that are integral parts of drug discovery research. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Membrane protein kit may lead to better targeted drugs

Argonne biologists Deborah Hanson and Phil Laible developed a method to produce large quantities of membrane proteins, which may lead to better targeted and more effective pharmaceuticals.

August 29, 2013
These drops of solution remain suspended for a long period of time, thanks to the vibrational force of sound waves that keep them stationary in an air column. (Photo by Dan Harris)
No magic show: Real-world levitation to inspire better pharmaceuticals

It’s not a magic trick and it’s not sleight of hand – scientists really are using levitation to improve the drug development process, eventually yielding more effective pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects.

September 12, 2012
Argonne materials scientist Anil Mane examines a microchannel plate.
Award-winning technology provides a breakthrough in particle physics

High-energy physics, it turns out, is a lot like life – it’s all about the timing.

August 3, 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
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
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
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
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
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