Chemical sciences & engineering

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.

Bunel named Luminary Honoree by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards CorporationAugust 12, 2014

Argonne Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division Director Emilio Bunel recently was selected as a Luminary Honoree by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation, or HENAAC. The award “honors [Bunel’s] efforts leading, collaborating, and initiating key programs and research.”

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.

Argonne named in several DOE Energy Frontier Research Center awardsJune 19, 2014

The US Department of Energy announced June 18, 2014, that it is funding a total of $100 million in 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers, including one at Argonne and several more in which Argonne will closely partner with other national laboratories and universities.

Argonne Now Magazine - Summer 2014

In the summer 2014 issue of the Argonne magazine, learn about "The Science that Stumped Einstein," find out how we are addressing crime, social unrest, and buses by finding patterns in data in "City of Big Data," and take a trip back to 19th-century Chicago to get perspective on the ongoing issue of soot and carbon in the air in "The Volcano of a Hundred Thousand Mouths." Also featuring Ask a Scientist, fun facts, infographics, The Secret Lives of Scientists, and more.