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Argonne’s Michael Kaminski has developed his own system of interchangeable equipment, tools and materials that decontaminates urban areas faster than other approaches. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock, Bell nipon.)
New Argonne decontamination system improves safety and eases complexity

Argonne researchers have created a new technique that decontaminates urban areas faster than any other approach. The technology is simple and uses widely available materials and tools to clean and isolate radioactivity quickly, helping to restore basic services and reduce the radiation exposure of emergency personnel.

January 4, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy funded four projects, representing more than $1 million, for Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering division. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Department of Energy supports Argonne nuclear technologies

This fall, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced nearly $4.7 million in funding for the department’s Argonne National Laboratory across 16 projects in three divisions. Four of those TCF awards, representing more than $1 million in funds, are slated for Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering division.

December 5, 2017
Meltem Urgun Demirtas, an environmental engineer in Argonne’s Energy Systems Division, is the principal investigator in a break-through biogas technology that could change the waste-to-fuel industry. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Renewable opportunities abundant in Illinois

Huge amounts of organic waste are generated each year in the United States, according to a

November 10, 2017
Argonne National Laboratory scientist Sergey Chemerisov (left) works with Ian Hamilton (right), CEO of Atlas Energy Systems and a member of Chain Reaction Innovation to set up a system to generate ionized gas from the Van de Graff Accelerator at Argonne. This system coverts gas to energy through a patented novel technology for use in portable battery systems. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Atlas wins ocean-themed competition

Startup in Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations wins international pitch competition Ocean Exchange.

November 7, 2017
In these high-speed x-ray images, the 3-D printer is using a laser to melt metal powder, which causes a ‘keyhole’ defect within the cooled material. Researchers at Argonne are studying this process and developing guidelines to avoid such errors. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne efforts accelerate 3-D printing journey

Argonne scientists’ first glimpse inside additive manufacturing process yields important advancements

September 6, 2017
Electrical power plants are often built near bodies of water because the water can be used for cooling, but this proximity to water can also leave plants vulnerable to natural threats, such as flooding. Argonne is helping utilities better manage this dynamic by supplying them with superior climate data and world-class infrastructure planning and decision support. (Image by Shutterstock/leungchopan.)
New effort by Argonne helps power utilities and others better plan for the future

If you’re an electric utility planning a new power plant by a river, it would be nice to know what that river will look like 20 years down the road. Will it be so high that it might flood the new facility? Will the water be so low that it can’t be used to cool the plant? A new initiative by Argonne combines climate data and analysis with infrastructure planning and decision support to offer real help.

May 4, 2017
The random nature of fuel spray leads to significant cycle-to-cycle variations in engines. High-resolution computer simulations conducted on Argonne’s massively powerful supercomputers depict the flow structures that occur during fuel injection. Through its Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), Argonne has developed engine models and software for large-scale computer simulations that provide—in virtual space, before costly physical production ever begins—a better understanding of how internal combustion engine parameters interact. Image courtesy Sibendu Som; click to view larger.
Four examples of industry gaining an edge by using Argonne facilities

Companies large and small regularly collaborate with Argonne, tapping into the lab’s expertise, facilities, and unique tools.

April 3, 2017
Argonne chemist Amanda Youker uses a remote manipulator arm to process and purify radioisotopes in a radiation cell. (Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne radioisotopes have potential for medical diagnosis and treatment

Using its electron linear accelerator, Argonne enabled two companies to demonstrate new methods for the production of molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of technetium-99m — a medical isotope that could face short supply.

November 14, 2016
Many experts are increasingly interested in making electricity a local affair. This idea, useful for both cost savings and for backup power, moves the main source of electricity away from remote large-scale plants to smaller local ones. This approach is called distributed energy.
Personalized energy

The local food movement is booming. Can we do the same for electricity?

March 7, 2016
Ask a Scientist: Ask a battery scientist

Jeff Chamberlain, head of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and external integration officer of the Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR) at Argonne, dishes on the next generation of batteries, why new inventions take so long to get to market, and clean room suits for dogs (they exist!).

March 7, 2016