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It’s a trap!

When a solar cell absorbs a photon of light, it starts an electronic race against time. Two particles — a negatively charged electron and positively charged hole” — generate electricity if they fully separate.
March 27, 2018
Argonne researchers helped identify the process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide, a material of potential interest for solar applications because it absorbs ultraviolet light.
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Nickel in the X-ray limelight

Making chemicals for industrial processes often requires scientists to use a catalyst — a substance that speeds up a chemical reaction, reducing the amount of energy it takes to make different products.
March 26, 2018
Researchers from Argonne and the University of California at Santa Barbara have identified another elemental actor that helps activate palladium while reducing the amount of the precious metal needed for reactions to occur.
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Out of thin air

The lithium-ion battery has transformed the portable electronics industry and is making inroads into energy storage on the electric grid and electrically powered transportation.
March 21, 2018
Argonne team members  Rajeev Assary, Cong Liu, Badri Narayanan, Anh Ngo and Larry Curtiss.
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The element of surprise

Many of us are often told we bear a resemblance to another member of our family — for instance, that we have our mother’s nose or our father’s eyes.
March 14, 2018
In a new study, Argonne and University of Lille chemists explored protactinium’s multiple resemblances to more completely understand the relationship between the transition metals and the complex chemistry of the early actinide elements.
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Locked in a forest

Replanting trees after events like last year’s catastrophic Western wildfires not only is critical to forest recovery, but could actually help soils take up more carbon from the atmosphere than if the burned areas were just left idle or cultivated.
March 08, 2018
Walking path winding through forested area.