Argonne's dedication to scientific research in physical sciences and engineering promotes the health of our economy and our environment in a way that is second to none. The unparalleled expertise of the scientific staff combined with the laboratory's state-of-the-art facilities has produced a wide variety of game-changing discoveries and inventions in fields as diverse as energy storage and cosmology.
Basic science research has been the major driver of economic growth for at least the past century, and there is no reason to think that this pattern will change in the near future. The pipeline of discovery that will eventually lead to the development of future technologies depends on our commitment to providing initial investments in fundamental and applied science.
Argonne's collaborations with other labs, companies, and academic institutions are vital to ensuring the success of our research efforts The laboratory is home to a number of world-class user facilities that host hundreds of scientists annually. Argonne also leads the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research and plays a key role in several U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Frontier Research Centers.
Research in physical sciences and engineering at Argonne falls along five key lines: