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Since 1946, Argonne National Laboratory has been making a positive impact on the U.S. and the world with its leading-edge science and engineering.

From solutions that enable access to affordable, sustainable energy and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources, to technological advances that defend the nation against current and future security threats – and numerous points between – Argonne is making a difference. 

Argonne’s Impact Story” library provides specific examples of this great work, often done in collaboration with our partners in the public sector, private sector, and academia. At Argonne, we explore the world together to build a better one.

Impact Stories


Improving our understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms of life

Combatting Climate Change

Facilitating solutions that build a clean energy economy, mitigate climate change, and create resilient communities


Using world-class tools to solve some of the most challenging scientific problems

Decision and Infrastructure Sciences

Informing decisions related to the most pressing national and global security challenges

Drug Development

Aiding in the development of life-saving and life-enhancing drugs

Educational Programs and Outreach

Educating and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers

Energy Storage

Discovering breakthrough technologies for the grid, transportation, electronics and beyond

Energy Systems

Analyzing and improving transportation technologies and distributed energy systems

Environmental Science

Understanding the environment around us and potential impacts of humans

Health Care

Enabling better treatment for patients


Helping keep U.S. manufacturing on the cutting edge

Materials Science

Studying the structure and function of novel materials to solve a range of challenges

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Advancing the design/operation of systems and enhancing security

Photon Sciences

Enabling valuable insights through the use of ultra-bright x-ray beams


Enabling a better understanding of the world around us


Keeping us safe from enduring and emerging threats


Influencing the future of vehicles and fuels

Advancing Basic Science

Advancing knowledge in key fields and laying the foundation for impactful technologies and solutions