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The Materials Science Division approach is reflected in Argonne‚Äôs strategic plan for materials research, which emphasizes defects and interfaces as an overarching theme, and is exploited in the focus areas of quantum and spin coherent matter, soft matter and hybrid materials, and electrochemical phenomena and clusters. Materials focused on include superconducting and magnetic materials, quantum metamaterials, ferroelectrics, correlated oxides, and catalytic materials, along with new thrusts in topological materials and electrochemical oxides.

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Ferroic and Ionic Materials

Our main goal is to obtain new insight into the fundamental physics controlling magnetic, ferroelectric and ionic phenomena by creating new materials and systematically exploring their behavior.
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Materials for Energy

The Materials for Energy (MFE) objective is to accelerate the design, discovery and creation of new materials and to develop fundamental understanding of their properties to create a pathway for future energy technologies.
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Soft Matter

Soft matter research at Argonne focuses on the fundamental aspects of out-of-equilibrium and directed self-assembly of highly compliant materials for emerging energy applications and nano-fabrication.
Di-block copolymer templates for directed self-assembly and nano-manufacturing
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Solar Energy Conversion and Lighting

We seek new insights into the fundamental chemistry and physics that control interface formation and electron transfer phenomena by pushing the limits of digital materials synthesis. In so doing, we ascertain and influence the arrangement of atoms for spe