Innovating tomorrow's materials today

New high-tech materials are the key to breakthroughs in biology, the environment, nuclear energy, transportation and national security. Argonne continues to make revolutionary advances in the science of materials discovery and synthesis, and is designing new materials with advantageous properties—one atom at a time. Examples of these include Argonne’s patented technologies for nanoparticle applications, heat transfer and materials for advanced energy storage.

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Containment Unidirectional Resource Loading System (CURLS)

  • Allows for easy and rapid glovebox resource changes, while maintaining containment
  • Can be mounted in existing glove ports, offering an array of fail-safe cartridges for all resource needs

Device and Method for Fluidizing and Coating of Ultrafine Particles

  • A low-cost, scalable process for increasing structural stability and cell capacity of battery electrodes
  • Creates an ultra-thin film that allows lithium ions and electrons to easily tunnel without a large increase in impedance

Few-Layer Graphene as a Dry Lubricant

  • Functions as a dry lubricant, reducing wear four-fold and friction six-fold
  • Cost-competitive with oil-based lubricants; may replace oil-based lubricants in some applications

Frequency Stabilization in Nonlinear MEMS and NEMS Oscillators

  • Excellent frequency stability; provides a strategy for optimizing and engineering micro- and nanoscale devices
  • Easy to fabricate at reduced cost

Heat Transfer Fluids Containing Nanoparticles

  • A stable, non-reactive nanofluid that exhibits enhanced heat transfer properties
  • Enables more productive and efficient cooling systems

Layered Copper-Based Electrode for High-Dielectric Constant Oxide Thin-Film-Based Devices

  • Offers high conductivity and protection against oxidation
  • Low-cost process

Metal Oxide Semiconductor Nanoparticles Open the Door to New Medical Innovations

  • Allows for targeting, initiation and control of in vitro and in vivo chemical reactions in biological molecules
  • Commercial applications include synthetic DNA/RNA endonucleases, gene surgery, targeted cell metabolic intervention and more

Thermal Multilayer Coating Analysis

  • Accurately measure coating thermal conductivity and heat capacity (and/or thickness) distributions over an entire component’s surface
  • Only method that can analyze coatings of more than one layer,

Nanomaterials Analysis Using a Scanning Electron Microscope

  • Increases detection capabilities of SEMs at the nanoscale by up to 500%
  • Reduces the time and cost of routine nanomaterials analysis

Robust Diamond-Based RF Switch Yields Enhanced Communication Capabilities

  • A specialized radio frequency (RF) micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) switch that promises enhanced capabilities for next-generation military and commercial communication systems
  • Robust and reliable with extremely low power consumption; prevents overcharge and improves safety

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