Chemical sciences & engineering

Discovery of new material state counterintuitive to laws of physicsJune 11, 2013

When you squeeze something, it gets smaller. Unless you’re at Argonne National Laboratory. At the suburban Chicago laboratory, a group of scientists has seemingly defied the laws of physics and found a way to apply pressure to make a material expand instead of compress/contract.

Scientists see nanoparticles form larger structures in real timeApril 19, 2013

In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time seen the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.

Dynamic separability of multiple reaction pathwaysApril 15, 2013

Paper shows that tight and roaming pathways may be treated as separable to a good approximation. Authors identify features of the potential energy landscape that serve as mechanism dividers.

Michael P. BurkeFebruary 27, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nanoscale 'Goldilocks' phenomenon could improve biofuel production January 15, 2013

In a case of the Goldilocks story retold at the molecular level, scientists at Argonne and Northwestern University have discovered a new path to the development of more stable and efficient catalysts.