Argonne National Laboratory

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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Catalytically Active Nanocomposite Coatings

  • A self-renewing, exceptionally hard and slick metal coating with excellent wear protection for use in multiple industries

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

Continuous Flow Synthesis of V02 Nanoparticles or Nanorods by Using a Capillary-Based Microreactor

  • A new continuous flow synthesis to massively synthesize V02 nanoparticles/rods
  • Scalable and capable of stably manufacturing high-quality V02 nanoparticles or nanorods in specific, and a spectrum of other nano-scale materials in general, at the kilo/day level

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

Graphene Films

  • Suite of one-atom-thick graphene materials that drastically reduce the wear rate and the coefficient of friction (COF) of steel.
  • Estimated reduced loss of energy to friction offered by new materials would yield a potential energy savings of 2.46 billion kilowatt-hours per year, equivalent to 1.5 million barrels of oil.

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

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

Oleo Sponge

  • Technology for recovering oil and other petroleum products from bodies of water that surpasses similar technologies that are currently on the market in several key aspects

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

Tunable Resistance Coatings

  • Compositions of matter and methods of manufacture of M:AlOx thin films having tunable resistance where M=W, Mo, or conducting compounds containing these metals
  • The coatings can be tuned to the produce the appropriate resistivity needed by a particular application.

Tunable Resistance Coating

  • A method and article of manufacture of intermixed tunable resistance composite materials containing at least one of W:Al.sub.2O.sub.3, Mo:Al.sub.2O.sub.3 or M:Al.sub.2O.sub.3 where M is a conducting compound containing either W or Mo.

Ultrananocrystalline Diamond

  • Technology that covers a suite of critical semiconductor processes, formation of circuit elements to create complex circuits, and the integration of electronic circuits that are built on a single semiconductor base material or single chip that could revolutionize the electronics industry and creating more durable and efficient products.

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