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Argonne nanoscientist Xiao-Min Lin works with the shear cell device that enabled the new discovery in shear-thickening fluids. The polycarbonate cell holds the nanoparticle suspension and the mechanical response of the fluid is measured by the transducer in the rheometer above. The X-ray beam is focused on the sample from the left. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Through thick and thin

Researchers solve a decades-old question: Is particle ordering responsible for the thickening of some industrial products when stirred rapidly? The answer brings us one step closer to solving complex industrial production problems.

April 13, 2018
Machine learning techniques can help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs. (Image by Shutterstock / Photo_works.)
Argonne’s next top model

Designing and manufacturing a new part or product, such as a car engine or wind turbine, can be time-consuming and costly. To combat limitations on these processes, scientists and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are using cutting-edge machine learning techniques to help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs.

April 13, 2018
CNH Industrial’s Hui Deng inspects the team’s cars during the design stage of the annual Electric Car Competition, co-sponsored by Argonne and CNH Industrial. Judges scored each middle-school entry based on technology, innovation, craftsmanship, team knowledge and documentation. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
The race for young scientific minds

Argonne partners with CNH Industrial to test the competitive nature of budding engineers as they design, build and race their own electric cars.

April 12, 2018
Lewis University bested 24 other university teams nationwide this past weekend during the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cyber Defense Competition. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Lewis University wins the Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competition

Lewis University wins the 2018 DOE Cyber Defense Competition.

April 10, 2018
Academic researchers look to Argonne’s Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors. (Image courtesy of Igor Bolotnov / North Carolina State University.)
Tiny bubbles

Bubbles are a linchpin of nuclear engineering, helping to explain the natural world, predict safety issues and improve the operation of the existing and next-generation nuclear fleet. High-performance supercomputers like Mira, located at Argonne, are helping researchers understand the phenomena of bubbling behavior more quickly.

April 4, 2018
The Velociprobe team at the Advanced Photon Source includes (from left to right): Zhonghou Cai, Curt Preissner (in back), Junjing Deng, Christian Roehrig and Tamjid Sheikh Mashrafi. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Advanced Photon Source commissions “Velociprobe” for faster, higher-resolution X-ray microscopy

To address challenges and opportunities from Argonne’s Upgrade of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), the laboratory commissioned the “Velociprobe,” a new scanning tool to explore the limits of fast, high-resolution X-ray microscopy. The instrument, which will be used at the APS before the Upgrade is completed, was built under the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

March 19, 2018
Over 100 middle-school girls attended Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) for motivational presentations and hands-on activities. Here, students learn about how computer scientists visualize data collected from researchers. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Warm introductions to science and engineering

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is an opportunity for over 100 girls to learn about STEM careers by participating in hands-on activities, listening to presentations and sitting down with scientists for mentoring sessions.

March 7, 2018
Argonne researchers have collaborated with several industry partners to develop a better hydrogen refueling method that can potentially save time and costs. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
All the right moves

Argonne offers licensing opportunities for a patented refueling method that can significantly lower capital investment costs while increasing capacity at hydrogen refueling stations.

February 28, 2018
Top-three innovator Felipe Gomez del Campo (left) receives his award from Jim Reuter (right), NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate deputy associate administrator, for his innovation in the X-Factor challenge area. (Image courtesy of NASA.)
FGC Plasma Solutions wins top NASA innovation award

Argonne Chain Reaction Innovator Felipe Gomez del Campo has received the 2018 NASA iTech award for X-Factor Innovation.

February 23, 2018
This shows a strand of magnetic molecules atop a dense bed of “armchair” graphene nanoribbons — which appear as a series of closely spaced strings — grown on a gold crystal surface. The image was taken on a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy tool at Argonne’s <a href="">Center for Nanoscale Materials</a>. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Opening windows for new spintronic studies

A surprising discovery could potentially offer major advantages in speed, heat dissipation and power consumption in electronic devices.

February 22, 2018