Argonne’s Current Work
Argonne is advancing the design and operation of nuclear energy systems and applying nuclear energy-related expertise to current and emerging programs of national and international significance. We participate in key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear energy and national security initiatives, leading the nation’s program for development and demonstration of advanced reactor fuels and fuel recycle technologies that promise to improve the affordability of nuclear power, enhancing the assurance of safety and security and minimizing the discharge of radioactive waste, as well as research on radioisotopes for medical applications.
- Members of the Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies Division, as world experts on the nuclear fuel cycle, develop and qualify fuels and innovative fuel recycle processes and equipment, model and understand the behavior of complex nuclear materials, and design fuel cycle facilities.
- Members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Division have expertise in reactor core and safety analyses, design and conversion of research reactors for national security, exploitation of advanced computing machines for modeling and simulation, materials science and technology, experimental facility design, diagnostics and prognostics tools for system monitoring and health assessment.
Argonne maintains world-class facilities where scientists and engineers perform cutting-edge research supporting peaceful nuclear energy, from basic science research to industrial radioisotope production and analysis to enhancing the design and safety of nuclear reactors. Select facilities are listed below, or view the broad list here.