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Research in physical sciences and engineering at Argonne falls along six key examples:

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Catalysis and Synthesis

Many different types of chemical reactions depend on catalysts in order to work, and the hunt for better catalysts has deep connections to our nation’s economy.
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To develop a more thorough understanding of combustion, scientists and engineers must be able to analyze the interaction of many different chemical species at high temperatures and pressures.
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Energy Storage

The challenge of creating new advanced batteries and energy storage technologies is one of Argonne’s key initiatives.
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In order to build the next generation of technologies, scientists need to understand how materials look and behave at smaller and smaller scales.