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Materials Science Division

Research Groups

Argonne‚Äôs Materials Science Division contains eleven research groups, each of which have a unique identity but work in concert to further the goals of the laboratory and the Department of Energy, finding new ways to manipulate materials for new effects or to better use energy.  The creation of novel materials, and the analysis and control of their properties offers a unique pathway toward new devices and technological breakthroughs.

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ASP Group

The mission of the ASP Group is to develop technologies to detect and characterize materials in harsh, complicated, or cluttered environments by using state-of-the-art scientific processes coupled with novel engineering strategies.
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Computational Materials

Computational materials research focuses on the development and use of computational methods to understand and predict the behavior of solids, liquids and nanostructures from first principles.
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Condensed Matter Theory

Our research covers wide areas of condensed and soft matter physics, including superconductivity, magnetism, low-dimensional systems, quantum mesoscopic phenomena, topological matter, nonequilibrium and driven systems, and active self-assembled materials.
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Emerging Materials

Emerging Materials is a physics-based materials discovery program, emphasizing design, synthesis, and understanding of new materials in single crystal form for both fundamental science and early-stage technology.
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Energy Conversion and Storage

The Energy Conversion and Storage research program aims to identify and control key physicochemical parameters of electrochemical interfaces at the atomic and molecular scale in order to design and synthesize materials for electrochemical applications.
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Molecular Materials

The research carried out in the Molecular Materials Group focuses on the design and discovery of new materials for advanced energy storage systems and catalysis for energy conversion.
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Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

The Neutron and X-ray Scattering program uses a variety of scattering techniques to investigate the structure and dynamics of energy materials with properties that emerge from the presence of complex-short range correlations, defects and interfaces.
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Quantum Information Science

The research carried out in the Quantum Information Science Group focuses on the development of quantum-relevant material systems for the fundamental study of quantum science and applications in new scalable technologies.
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Soft Matter and Biomolecular Materials

A diverse array of interactions (solvophobic, charge and molecular alignment) are deployed to develop synthetic materials inspired by biological self-assembly. Precision synthesis and physical measurement are guided by, and inform, theory and computation.
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Superconductivity and Magnetism

The Superconductivity and Magnetism Group focuses on three research areas: novel phenomena and dynamics arising from superconductivity, synthesis of thin films and interfaces, and out-of-equilibrium dynamics and self-assembly of bio-inspired materials.
Superconductivity and Magnetism
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Synchrotron Studies of Materials

The Synchrotron Studies of Materials group focuses on the development and use of cutting-edge X-ray methods at synchrotrons and X-ray free electron lasers to understand heterogeneity, dynamics, and properties of critical materials.