Argonne National Laboratory

Industrial & Manufacturing Processes
Developing technologies, processes for optimal manufacturing

As the world increasingly demands technological goods, companies are strained to optimize their manufacturing processes and manage waste and materials recycling. As part of Argonne’s mission to contribute to a sustainable world, our scientists are creating next-generation catalysts, processes, coatings and technologies that will advance industrial development and output without compromising energy use and the environment.

Argonne works with existing and start-up businesses to license our technologies and to develop, analyze, and test new technologies. Please contact to explore how you and Argonne can work together.

Accurate Detection of Impurities in Hydrogen Fuel at Lower Cost

  • Facilitates the analysis of trace impurities in high-pressure hydrogen streams
  • Replaces costly analytical equipment with inexpensive, easy-to-operate, portable sensor devices

Atomic Layer Deposition

  • New nanophase thin film materials with properties tailored to specifically meet the needs of industry
  • New software simulates ALD over multiple length scale, saving industry time and money developing specialized tools

Autogenic Pressure Reactions for Battery Materials Manufacture

  • A one-step, solvent-free reaction for producing unique electrode materials that do not need further chemical processing treatment
  • Offers the ability to smooth current distribution at the anode surface when charging Li-ion batteries, thereby reducing the risk of lithium dendrites, short circuits and resulting fire

Economical Remediation of Plastic Waste into Advanced Materials with Coatings

  • An environmentally-friendly, solvent-less process to convert plastics into carbon nanotubes
  • Process is affordable and scalable

Fabricating Dielectric Ceramic Films on Copper Foils

  • Process creates higher-performing and more reliable embedded circuit boards
  • Can be used to prepare ceramic materials consisting of various compounds including lead, magnesium, barium, zirconium, titanium and other elements

Fiber Characterization and Analysis

  • Automatic characterization of fiber assemblies to recognize and measure each fiber orientation angle and diameter for assembly characterization

Hybrid Solar Cells via UV Polymerization of Polymer Precursor

  • Creates high-performing hybrid solar cells through ultraviolet polymerization of a polymer precursor
  • Cost effective, simple method

Nanofiber Image Processing Tool for Automatic Measurements and Non-Woven Fiber Recognition Software
IN-14-107, patent application filed, and SF-14-107

  • Intuitive algorithm – approach yields more reasonable measurements: no weighing error, better noise rejection, no issue with cross sections, etc.
  • Higher performance for all types of images than commercially available tools or methods available in literature
  • Works well on majority of images; enabler for real-world applications (<5% error for typical, ~<15% error for others)

Nanosegregated Surfaces as Catalysts for Fuel Cells

  • Method creates stable, platinum multi-metallic catalysts that exhibit an advantageous electronic structure with enhanced catalytic properties
  • Offers greater stability and is cost-effective

Precise Application of Transparent Conductive Oxide Coatings for Flat Panel Displays and Photovoltaic Cells

  • Provides uniform coating of complex, 3D nanostructures such as electrodes for next-generation PV cells
  • Improved coating precision uses less material and reduces cost

ARG-US Remote Area Modular Monitoring (RAMM)

  • Uses high-tech sensors paired with redundant, self-healing communications software platforms that can work even in the most challenging conditions

Solventless Process for Making Tackifiers and Adhesives

  • Adhesives and tackifiers for a variety of industries
  • Aqueous (water-based) manufacturing process adaptable for a variety of adhesive and tackifier resins

Synthesizing High-Quality Calcium Boride at Nanoscale

  • Process increases stability, hardness and conductivity of high-melting-point calcium boride
  • Makes calcium boride readily available for manufacturing processes in many industries

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