Argonne National Laboratory has a long history of addressing the most pressing questions that science and technology can solve to lay the foundation for decades of subsequent advancements. In keeping with that tradition, we have mounted a Materials and Chemistry initiative to uncover and to harness synthesis pathways spanning the atomic- to nano- to micro-scale that would unleash the discovery of new classes of functional materials and molecules. This initiative draws upon multidisciplinary capabilities and facilities across Argonne’s directorates, including the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facilities located at Argonne.
Over the past century, prediction and discovery of new functional matter has evolved from intuition and serendipity to advanced computational methods, but synthesis continues to be rooted largely in ad hoc approaches. To supersede these approaches, we are focusing Argonne’s world-leading talent and hard X-ray and machine learning capabilities on addressing foundational mechanistic questions that drive predictive, multiscale synthesis of new functional matter.