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These four ARE fellows are helping the entrepreneurs within Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations program grow businesses and attain research goals. From left to right: Nisarg Patel (helping Atlas Energy Systems), Maxwell Miller (helping ClearFlame Engines, Zach Kaiser (helping Advanced Ionics) and Alec Houpt (helping FGC Plasma Solutions). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Training the next generation of entrepreneurs

Argonne’s fellows in the Applied Research Experience program have a front-row view of entrepreneurship as they help the laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovators achieve research goals.

June 13, 2018
Argonne researchers are modeling and simulating how connected and autonomous vehicles could affect energy and mobility in metropolitan areas. (Image by Shutterstock / metamorworks.)
Demystifying the future of connected and autonomous vehicles

Argonne researchers are deploying advanced modeling and simulation tools to predict the impact of CAVs on energy and mobility in metropolitan areas. Their work, part of a collaborative three-year project, supports DOE’s SMART (Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation) Mobility Consortium.

June 1, 2018
Machine learning techniques can help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs. (Image by Shutterstock / Photo_works.)
Argonne’s next top model

Designing and manufacturing a new part or product, such as a car engine or wind turbine, can be time-consuming and costly. To combat limitations on these processes, scientists and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are using cutting-edge machine learning techniques to help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs.

April 13, 2018
Academic researchers look to Argonne’s Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors. (Image courtesy of Igor Bolotnov / North Carolina State University.)
Tiny bubbles

Bubbles are a linchpin of nuclear engineering, helping to explain the natural world, predict safety issues and improve the operation of the existing and next-generation nuclear fleet. High-performance supercomputers like Mira, located at Argonne, are helping researchers understand the phenomena of bubbling behavior more quickly.

April 4, 2018
Argonne researchers have collaborated with several industry partners to develop a better hydrogen refueling method that can potentially save time and costs. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
All the right moves

Argonne offers licensing opportunities for a patented refueling method that can significantly lower capital investment costs while increasing capacity at hydrogen refueling stations.

February 28, 2018
Top-three innovator Felipe Gomez del Campo (left) receives his award from Jim Reuter (right), NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate deputy associate administrator, for his innovation in the X-Factor challenge area. (Image courtesy of NASA.)
FGC Plasma Solutions wins top NASA innovation award

Argonne Chain Reaction Innovator Felipe Gomez del Campo has received the 2018 NASA iTech award for X-Factor Innovation.

February 23, 2018
The number of lithium-ion batteries has skyrocketed. But what will happen to them after they die? Argonne’s ReCell model examines how much money and energy could be saved if we recycle these batteries. (Image by Shutterstock/Romaset.)
Closing the loop on battery recycling

Argonne’s closed-loop battery recycling model shows a vivid picture of total costs as well as environmental impacts.

January 25, 2018
Argonne scientists are using extremely powerful x-rays to understand the physics of the 3-D printing process. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Printing on patrol

What if our military could dramatically reduce the amount of materials and equipment held on the front lines by printing only what they need? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are aiming to do this with new advances in 3-D printing.

January 15, 2018
Argonne’s Michael Kaminski has developed his own system of interchangeable equipment, tools and materials that decontaminates urban areas faster than other approaches. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock, Bell nipon.)
New Argonne decontamination system improves safety and eases complexity

Argonne researchers have created a new technique that decontaminates urban areas faster than any other approach. The technology is simple and uses widely available materials and tools to clean and isolate radioactivity quickly, helping to restore basic services and reduce the radiation exposure of emergency personnel.

January 4, 2018
Oleo Sponge picks up oil during tests at Argonne. (Image by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nine ways Argonne advanced science and technology in 2017

As 2018 approaches, Argonne looks back at nine cool stories that came out of research projects and collaborations at the laboratory.

December 21, 2017