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Argonne researchers and their collaborators have brought lithium sulfur batteries closer to reality by creating a new cathode material made of graphene-wrapped lithium sulfide. [Image credit: <em>Nature Energy</em>, Volume 2, 17090 (2017)]
Graphene unlocks the promise of lithium sulfur batteries

To bring lithium sulfur batteries closer to reality, researchers have developed a new cathode material made out of lithium sulfide encapsulated by graphene.

December 15, 2017
This shows the leading-twist model-independent extraction of the imaginary part of the <sup style="vertical-align: top; position: relative; top: -0.15em;">4</sup>He Compton form factor containing <sup style="vertical-align: top; position: relative; top: -0.15em;">4</sup>He GPD information. The full red curve is a calculation based on a convolution model. The black-dashed curve is a calculation from the same model using different GPDs for the nucleons. The blue long-dashed curve is from an off-shell model. (Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and collaborating institutions.)
First exclusive measurement of deeply virtual Compton scattering off Helium-4: Toward the 3-D tomography of nuclei

A new study, co-led by Argonne, in Physical Review Letters discusses how researchers measured beam-spin asymmetry in coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering off a nucleus for the first time.

November 30, 2017
A new study, co-led by Argonne, shows that effects on the energies of excitation in nuclei can depend on how tightly the last neutron or proton is bound. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Effect of weak binding on the apparent spin-orbit splitting in nuclei

A new study in Physical Review Letters, co-led by Argonne, shows that effects on the energies of excitation in nuclei can depend on how tightly the last neutron or proton is bound.

November 30, 2017
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