In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science/Office of Basic Energy Sciences established the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). These EFRCs are composed of small teams of leading university and national laboratory researchers focused on solving specific scientific problems that are blocking clean energy development. Since 2009, the EFRCs have produced a wide range of new technologies that have benefited multiple private sector companies, both large and small.
In 2022, DOE announced $400 million in funding for 43 EFRCs. As part of that announcement, Argonne was selected to continue leading the Advanced Materials for EnergyWater Systems Center, whose mission is to understand and design adsorption, reactivity, and transport at water-solid interfaces to enable future advances in materials for efficient water treatment.. In addition, Argonne is a key partner in the following other Centers:
- Catalyst Design for Decarbonization Center
- Center for Novel Pathways to Quantum Coherence in Materials
- Center for the Advancement of Topological Semimetals
- Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center
- Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center
- Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics
- Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials
Quantum Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic Computing
Argonne’s integrated and flexible approach to research and discovery is ideal for EFRC work because we pull together science and engineering leaders across institutional boundaries, allowing them to take a collaborative approach to specific scientific challenges.