Catalysis & energy conversion

Argonne scientists receive recognition for clean energy researchOctober 21, 2015

Midwest Energy News has named Elena Timofeeva and Leah Guzowski to its inaugural 40 under 40 list.

New catalyst may hasten commercialization of fuel cell vehiclesAugust 25, 2015

Supported by DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, scientists at Argonne have developed a new fuel cell catalyst using earthly abundant materials with performance that is comparable to platinum in laboratory tests. If commercially viable, the new catalyst could replace platinum in electric cars powered by fuel cells instead of batteries, which would greatly extend the range of electric vehicles and eliminate the need for recharging.

Copper clusters capture and convert carbon dioxide to make fuelAugust 6, 2015

The chemical reactions that make methanol from carbon dioxide rely on a catalyst to speed up the conversion, and Argonne scientists identified a new material that could fill this role. With its unique structure, this catalyst can capture and convert carbon dioxide in a way that ultimately saves energy.

Materials for Use with Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries

Non-aqueous redox flow battery comprising a negative electrode immersed in a non-aqueous liquid negative electrolyte, a positive electrode immersed in a non-aqueous liquid positive electrolyte, and a cation-permeable separator (e.g., a porous membrane, film, sheet, or panel) between the negative electrolyte from the positive electrolyte.

Silver particles improve performance of battery materialDecember 16, 2014

Argonne materials scientist Larry Curtiss is part of an Argonne team working on a new battery architecture that uses lithium-oxygen bonds as it stores and releases energy, and silver as the metal catalyst that makes this possible.

Catalysis and Synthesis

Many different types of chemical reactions depend on catalysts in order to work, and the hunt for better catalysts has deep connections to our nation’s economy. From biofuels to plastics, the majority of the products we depend on in our everyday lives rely on catalysts.  An estimate from the American Chemical Society found that catalysts and catalytic processes are responsible for more than 20 percent of America’s gross domestic product.

Turning methane into usable liquid fuel: Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne to receive $2M for hybrid fuel cellsAugust 4, 2014

Researchers from Argonne and the Illinois Institute of Technology were awarded $2 million over the course of two years to fund studies on hybrid fuel cells from ARPA-E.