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Alexander Zholents is director of Argonne’s Accelerator Systems Division (ASD).  A Senior Scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Physical Society, Zholents was chosen as one of Argonne’s Distinguished Fellows because of his “outstanding technical leadership of major, complex, high-priority projects.”
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Argonne appoints Distinguished Fellows for 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has chosen scientists Alexander Zholents, David Tiede, Wai-Kwong Kwok and Tijana Rajh as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank.

May 25, 2017
New research led by Juan de Pablo, the Liew Family Professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering, uncovers previously unknown features that develop from the interface between air and certain widely studied liquid crystals. The University of Chicago team used Advanced Photon Source X-rays and Argonne’s high performance computing cluster to produce large-scale simulations in order to reconstruct the molecular details. (Image by Juan J. de Pablo.)
Research reveals inner workings of liquid crystals

Liquid crystals are used in everything from tiny digital watches to huge television screens, from optical devices to biomedical detectors.

March 22, 2017
Photos of nanocrystal colloids in molten inorganic salts. A team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne, has identified a new class of colloidal systems involving inorganic solvents, a discovery that could offer new applications for nanotechnology and better functional materials. (Image by Dmitri V. Talapin et. al)
Argonne scientists discover new class of colloidal systems

Scientists from Argonne and the University of Chicago have discovered a new class of colloids from inorganic solvents, which could have greater applications for numerous areas including nanotechnology.

March 7, 2017
A diagram showing the “spiral” of noncollinear magnetic orientations (in pink) of a nickelate material next to a manganite material (Image by Anand Bhattacharya/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Scientists discover magnetic “persuasion” in neighboring metals

Certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new Argonne study.

March 1, 2017
Signals from this showerhead can cut water consumption by 10 percent. (Image by
New report highlights technologies that help consumers reduce water consumption

What technology features can researchers take from other industries to change consumers’ water habits? A new Argonne report explores the options.

December 21, 2016
Brenda Teaster (center) accepted the Governor’s Sustainability Award on behalf of Argonne. Presenting the award were (left) Mark R. Ryan, executive director of the Prairie Research Institute, and (right) Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Argonne wins 2016 IL Governors’ Sustainability Award

For the third consecutive year, Argonne has won a prestigious Governor’s Sustainability Award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

December 8, 2016
Argonne nuclear engineer Bob Hill was honored this week as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Hill named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society

Bob Hill, technical director of advanced nuclear energy research and development at the U.S.

November 17, 2016
It takes increasingly powerful computing resources to perform more and more complex simulations of nuclear reactor fuel assemblies. This image shows the coolant-flow pressure distribution in a 217-pin wire-wrapped subassembly. (Image by Paul Fischer)
Exascale Computing Project announces $48 million to establish four exascale co-design centers

DOE’s Exascale Computing Project is announcing it has selected four co-design centers as part of a 4-year $48 million funding award, including one to be led by Argonne.

November 11, 2016
Gary Wiederrecht, group leader and senior nanoscientist at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, has received fellowship within the American Physical Society. (Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne nanoscientist honored as fellow of the American Physical Society

Gary Wiederrecht, a senior nanoscientist at Argonne National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.

November 4, 2016
Maria Curry-Nkansah, chief operations officer of Argonne’s Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate (Image by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne’s Curry-Nkansah wins Egretha Award

The Egretha Foundation, which was formed 10 years ago to celebrate the successes of African-American women in the Chicago area, will honor Maria Curry-Nkansah, chief operations officer of the Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, with their annual award on October 21.

October 17, 2016