Erdemir receives patent for ultra-fast surface hardening technologyAugust 11, 2015

A newly patented technology by Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir and his team at Argonne National Laboratory could greatly extend the lifetime of mechanical parts. The team designed a device for ultra-fast boriding, which compared to conventional boriding techniques saves time, money and energy, and even alleviates environmental concerns.

The Resurrection of Hydrogen and its Synergetic Role in a Sustainable Energy Future

In 2003, hydrogen was promoted by President George W. Bush as the clean energy that can power future automobile. Subsequently, realization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) was seen to be decades away and the focus shifted to plug-in vehicles. However, most OEM experts see different market segments suited for these two vehicle technologies. Several OEMs publicly announced that FCVs can be produced with a cost similar to gasoline hybrid at same production volume.

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.

Protective shells may boost silicon lithium-ion batteriesAugust 5, 2015

Researchers found that fluoroethylene carbonate creates a rubber-like protective shell around the negative electrode inside silicon-based lithium-ion batteries.