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Materials Science

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

The computational materials research of our group focuses on the development and use of computational methods to understand and predict the behavior of solids, liquids, and nanostructures from first principles at the atomistic scale.
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Condensed Matter Theory

Our research covers wide areas of condensed matter physics and quantum materials, including superconductivity, magnetism, low-dimensional systems, topological matter, nonequilibrium and driven systems, and quantum dynamics.
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Emerging Materials

Emerging Materials is a materials and interface discovery program, emphasizing design, synthesis, and understanding of new functional materials and interfaces 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 establish the fundamental structure-function relationships of materials involved in electrochemical phenomena, from the bulk electrode to the bulk electrolyte, and across interfaces.
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Molecular Materials

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

We use a variety of neutron and x-ray techniques to investigate the structure and dynamics of energy and quantum materials with properties that emerge from the presence of local defects and complex short-range correlations.
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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

The group focuses on two research areas: active matter and polymer science. A diverse array of interactions and out-of-equilibrium dynamics are deployed to develop synthetic materials and dynamic architectures inspired by biological self-assembly.
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Superconductivity and Magnetism

The program on Superconductivity and Magnetism explores novel fundamental physical phenomena associated with superconductivity, magnetism, and topology and their interactions with designs to realize innovative functionalities.
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.