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A comparison of the theoretical calculations (top row) and inelastic neutron scattering data from ARCS at the Spallation Neutron Source (bottom row) shows the excellent agreement between the two. The three figures represent different slices through the four-dimensional scattering volumes produced by the electronic excitations. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Breaking bad metals with neutrons

By combining the latest developments in neutron scattering and theory, researchers are close to predicting phenomena like superconductivity and magnetism in strongly correlated electron systems. It is likely that the next advances in superconductivity and magnetism will come from such systems, but they might also be used in completely new ways such as quantum computing.

January 11, 2018
Argonne scientists Khalil Amine and David Streets have been named to the Web of Science’s Highly Cited List of 2017. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Two Argonne scientists recognized for a decade of breakthroughs

Two scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have been named to the Web of Science’s Highly Cited List of 2017, ranking in the top 1 percent of their peers by citations and subject area. Materials Scientist Khalil Amine and Energy and Environmental Policy Scientist David Streets say they are thrilled to see their work — and the laboratory — recognized in such a way.

January 10, 2018
Argonne researchers have gotten a better look at how the molecular structures of organic solar cells form, which provides new insights that can improve their efficiency. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Dave Weaver.)
Going organic

Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers analyzed how organic solar cells’ crystal structures develop as they are produced under different conditions. With the APS, researchers learned how certain additives affect the microstructures obtained, providing new insights that can improve the cells’ efficiency.

January 9, 2018
Argonne scientists and their collaborators have used a new and counterintuitive approach to balance three important factors — activity, stability and conductivity — in a new catalyst designed for splitting water. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
A catalytic balancing act

Scientists have recently used a new and counterintuitive approach to create a better catalyst that supports one of the reactions involved in splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. By first creating an alloy of two of the densest naturally occurring elements and then removing one, the scientists reshaped the remaining material’s structure so that it better balanced three important factors: activity, stability and conductivity.

December 21, 2017
A research team that included Argonne chemist Stephen Klippenstein examined the production of hydroxyl radicals, which help break down air pollutants, in a new light. (Credit: Shutterstock / chuyuss)
Clearing the air

A greater understanding of the dynamics of chemical reactions is leading to better models of atmospheric chemistry. Through this work, scientists are gaining insight into a key chemical able to break down some major air pollutants.

December 13, 2017
By heating the anode material to a much lower temperature (less than 260°C), scientists could remove the water near the surface, but retain the water in the bulk of the material, which enhanced its characteristics. Credit: <em>Nature Communications</em> and study authors. Licensed <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode"><em>here</em></a>. Image was resized.
The wet road to fast and stable batteries

An international team of scientists —– including several researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory — – has discovered an anode battery material with superfast charging and stable operation over many thousands of cycles.

December 12, 2017
A <em>Nature</em> study describes how Argonne and collaborating institutions helped develop a new way of converting methane to methanol using rhodium-based catalysts. (Image credit: Shutterstock / Double Brain)
Making fuel out of thick air

In a new study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, Tufts University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory teamed up to explore the potential of rhodium-based catalysts for this conversion under milder conditions.

December 7, 2017
Baris Key, assistant chemist (left) and Hao Wang, postdoctoral researcher (right) prepare an experiment in Argonne’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
“Holy Grail” for batteries: Solid-state magnesium battery a big step closer

A team of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe.

November 28, 2017
A team led by Argonne-based researcher Jacqui Cole has reported an advance in smart window technology that could enable cities to move closer to the goal of being energy sustainable. (Image credit: cybrain/ Shutterstock.)
Solar cell discovery opens a new window to powering tomorrow’s cities

Windows that generate electricity may have a clearer path to prominent roles in buildings of the future due to an Argonne-led discovery.

November 22, 2017
Argonne’s Karen Mulfort will accept the American Chemical Society’s 2017 Rising Star award at its national meeting in March 2018. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Catch a rising science star

Karen Mulfort, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, was named a 2017 Rising Star by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society.

October 30, 2017