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Argonne National Laboratory

15-Minute Webinars

Our short webinars deliver world-class science – on your schedule.

You can learn a lot in 15 minutes. Watch our short webinars below to see how our researchers are transforming science and engineering in many areas. From Artificial Intelligence concepts built into computer chips to leading efforts to discover profitable ways to recycling lithium-ion batteries.

Science at Work: Combating climate change with hydrogen

Replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen could turn manufacturing and transportation into green industries. Companies can use hydrogen to reduce their carbon footprint in many ways – to generate electricity, deploy fuel cells for heavy duty vehicles, make steel and produce ammonia for fertilizer and products. But turning these ideas into reality raises complex questions.

In this webinar, Amgad Elgowainy, senior scientist at Argonne, explains how to quantify the risks and rewards of producing, transporting and using hydrogen in businesses. He also shows how individuals can analyze any detail of the hydrogen market with Argonne’s free tools.

Science at Work: Electric vs. conventional vehicles – which are greener?

Electric vehicles (EVs) tend to generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional vehicles. But the details matter: How is the electricity for EVs produced? With coal, natural gas or hydropower? And what materials are powering the EVs’ batteries?

In this webinar, Jarod Kelly discusses the environmental trade-offs in owning an EV vs. a conventional vehicle. He also shows how Argonne’s free tool – the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model – can track how nearly any vehicle, fuel, or material affects our environment.

Science at Work: Clearing the path to recycling batteries at scale

With more than 1 million electric vehicles now driving on U.S. roads, we need to consider what happens when those cars go out of service. Without recycling those batteries more cost effectively, they would become 8 million tons of global scrap by 2040.

In this webinar, Jessica Durham and Albert Lipson describe their breakthrough: How to recover, separate and regenerate the cathode material, a battery’s positively charged electrode, at scale. Once complete, the processes will help pave the way for the large-scale recycling of EVs.

Science at Work: Blocking threats to supplies of rare earth minerals

The supply of rare earth minerals can be cut by natural disasters, mine closures, labor disputes, construction delays. Disruptions can have wide-ranging consequences. And such turmoil can linger in the rare earth markets for longer than we expect, as today’s shortage of semiconductors continues to roil the car market.

Here, Allison Bennett Irion, chair of Argonne’s Advanced Supply Chain Analytics initiative, will show how her team finds such insights by running one-of-kind models on the lab’s supercomputing resources.

Science at Work: Changing the game for Artificial Intelligence with neuromorphic computing

Inspired by the brains of bees, fruit flies and ants, Argonne scientists, sponsored in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), have developed possible designs for a new computer chip that may turn conventional artificial intelligence on its head.

In this webinar, Angel Yanguas-Gil will discuss how his discoveries can allow AI to perform and adapt better than conventional methods and use much less power – less than one watt.

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