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Mirror, Mirror

The world on the other side of Alice in Wonderland’s looking-glass is not what it seems, but the mirror-like physics of the superconductor-insulator transition operates exactly as expected.
April 06, 2018
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What a mesh

A team of scientists has found a new way to create molecular interconnections that can give a certain class of materials exciting new properties, including improving their ability to catalyze chemical reactions or harvest energy from light.
March 29, 2018
electron microscopy of cross-linked titania nanoparticles with boron-based clusters
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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.