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Materials Science Division

Research Groups

Argonne’s 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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Condensed Matter Theory

Condensed Matter Theory research at Argonne covers broad areas of condensed and soft matter physics, including superconductivity, magnetism, low-dimensional systems, quantum mesoscopic phenomena, non-equilibrium systems, and active self-assembled systems.
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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 EC&SG focuses on the design, characterization and synthesis of multifunctional electrochemical interfaces that are urgently needed to deliver reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly energy in both aqueous systems and organic solvents.
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Magnetic Films

The Magnetic Films Group creates, explores and produces new insights into novel fundamental physics and novel materials related to magnetic phenomena.
Magnetic Films
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Molecular Engineering

Knowing and understanding the thermophysical properties of fluids and solids is essential for designing efficient chemical processes and for developing new materials.
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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 complex disorder in crystalline materials that drives many unusual phenomena of interest for future energy applications.
Neutron Scattering
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Superconductivity and Magnetism

The Superconductivity and Magnetism Group investigates novel phenomena and dynamics arising from superconductivity and its interplay with magnetism and in the associated research field of active self-assembled materials.
Superconductivity and Magnetism
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Surface Chemistry

The Surface Chemistry Group investigates ways to improve our influence over and understanding of surface species, composition, and structure at length scales that range from the atomic level to the microscale.
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Synchrotron Studies of Materials

The Synchrotron Studies of Materials group focuses on the development and use of cutting-edge synchrotron X-ray techniques to advance the discovery and characterization of new materials.
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Threat Detection and Analysis Group

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