Surface & interface studies

Nanoframe of mindMarch 10, 2014

Researchers at Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have teamed up to convert platinum-nickel polyhedra into bare frames that had a much richer platinum content.

Two metals are better than oneMarch 4, 2014

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, people have appreciated the advantages of using alloys rather than single metals to make better materials. Recently, scientists have discovered a recipe for making tiny two-metal structures that could similarly expand the forefront of materials science.

It’s alive: Scientists combine bacteria with liquid crystalsFebruary 24, 2014

Argonne scientists have grown bacteria in a liquid crystal medium and observed unique patterns of bacterial motion.

The core of corrosionFebruary 14, 2014

Most times, the effects of corrosion are studied with regard to the metal surface. In a new study, researchers looked at the effects that corrosion has on the water and dissolved ions doing the corroding.

Cobalt catalysts allow researchers to duplicate the complicated steps of photosynthesisJanuary 13, 2014

In a new study, Argonne researchers have used cobalt catalysts to duplicate the steps in the complicated electronic dance of photosynthesis.

A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficientDecember 11, 2013

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.

How your smartphone got so smart September 13, 2013

The breakthroughs that let you fit a computer in your pocket, and where we're going from here.