Argonne researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based model to greatly speed up the process for engineering a low-cost catalyst that converts biomass into fuels and useful chemicals with many possible applications.
Tag: Physical Sciences and Engineering
Three Argonne researchers inducted into AAAS
John Mitchell, Valerie Taylor and Lisa Utschig were selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to be inducted as fellows.
Argonne announces 2022 Postdoctoral Performance Awards
Nine postdoctoral appointees were recognized with Postdoctoral Performance Awards.
Scientists turn single molecule clockwise or counterclockwise on demand
Argonne scientists report they can precisely rotate a single molecule on demand. The key ingredient is a single atom of europium, a rare earth element. It rests at the center of a complex of other atoms and gives the molecule many practical applications.
Designing better battery electrolytes
Argonne scientists give the lay of the land in the quest for electrolytes that could enable revolutionary battery chemistries.
Scientists use machine learning to accelerate materials discovery
Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have recently demonstrated an automated process for identifying and exploring promising new materials by combining machine learning (ML) and high performance computing.
New cathode design solves major barrier to better lithium-ion batteries
New method for preparing cathode materials eliminates stumbling block to better lithium-ion batteries. New structure for cathode particles could lead to new generation of longer-lasting and safer batteries able to power vehicles for longer driving ranges.
Argonne scientist elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society
Argonne’s Deborah Myers has been elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. She is recognized for technological contributions to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology and for active membership and involvement in the Society.
Argonne chemist Stephen Klippenstein delivers Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spiers Memorial Lecture
Stephen Klippenstein was chosen to deliver the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spiers Memorial Lecture. The lecture is one of the society’s top honors.
Computer hardware mimics brain functions
A multi-institutional team, including Argonne National Laboratory, has developed a material with which computer chips can be designed to reconfigure their circuits when presented with new information. It does so by mimicking functions in the human brain.
Department of Energy names Argonne researchers to receive Early Career Research Program Awards
The Early Career Research Program Awards are a prestigious funding opportunity for early career researchers. Only 83 researchers have received funding of hundreds of applications, and only 27 of those are national laboratory researchers. Four scientists from Argonne have received funding.
Let’s get small: New Argonne method greatly improves X-ray nanotomography resolution
Using X-rays to study batteries and electronics at nanometer scales requires extremely high resolution. Argonne scientists led an effort to build a new instrument and devise a new algorithm to greatly improve the resolution for nanotomography.
Opening the gate to the next generation of information processing
Scientists have devised a means of achieving improved information processing with a new technology for effective gate operation. This technology has applications in classical electronics as well as quantum computing, communications and sensing.
People of Argonne’s history: A look at leaders who made Argonne what it is today
Since its founding, Argonne has employed and partnered with innovators whose contributions have dramatically pushed the frontiers of our understanding and improved the world.
Editors of MIT Technology Review name Argonne’s Jie Xu as a 2021 Innovator Under 35
The editors of MIT Technology Review have chosen Argonne’s Jie Xu as an Innovator Under 35 for 2021. She is one of only 35 innovators under the age of 35 named to this list. She is being recognized for her research on printable skin-like electronics.
DOE names six Argonne scientists to receive Early Career Research Program awards
Six Argonne scientists receive Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program Awards.
Unveiling what governs crystal growth
Crystals are wonders of nature and science with important applications in electronics and optics. Scientists from Argonne have new insights into how gallium nitride crystals grow. Gallium nitride crystals are in wide use in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and may form transistors for high-power switching electronics to make electric grids more energy efficient and smarter.
Liquid-like motion in crystals could explain their promising behavior in solar cells
Scientists studied the inner workings of a solar cell material using X-ray and neutron scattering. The study revealed that liquid-like motion in the material may be responsible for their high efficiency in producing electric currents from solar energy.
5th cohort of five innovators selected for Chain Reaction Innovations program
Five new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations, the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program’s fifth cohort to develop clean energy startups that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase U.S. competitiveness in emerging energy technologies.
Katrin Heitmann elected spokesperson for LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration
Argonne’s Katrin Heitmann has been elected the scientific spokesperson for the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration. This collaboration will address fundamental questions about the evolution of the universe with data from the Rubin Observatory.
Argonne National Laboratory a founding partner in nation’s first startup accelerator program dedicated exclusively to quantum
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is a founding partner of Duality, the first startup accelerator program in the nation that is dedicated to startup companies focused on quantum science and technology — a rapidly emerging area that is poised to drive transformative advances across multiple industries.
Argonne’s 2021 Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellows bring new energy, promise to their fields
The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is proud to welcome five new FY21 Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellows to campus, each chosen for their incredible promise in their respective fields.
Scientists gain insight into recycling processes for nuclear and electronic waste
Scientists investigate a process that recycles nuclear and electronic waste materials to extend their lifetime and reduce expensive and invasive mining.
Tiny diamonds prove an excellent material for accelerator components
In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have demonstrated a new material that has an excellent balance of parameters needed to generate a good accelerator beam.
Nature’s funhouse mirror: understanding asymmetry in the proton
The results of a new experiment could shift research of the proton by reviving previously discarded theories of its inner workings.
Worth their salt: New battery anodes use salt for energy, stability
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of California San Diego have discovered that a material that looks geometrically similar to rock salt could be an interesting candidate for lithium battery anodes that would be used in fast charging applications.
Getting the lead in
Researchers developed a low-cost, high-performance, sustainable lead-based anode for lithium-ion batteries that can power hybrid and all-electric vehicles. They also uncovered its previously unknown reaction mechanism during charge and discharge.
A glowing new prospect for self-reporting batteries
Argonne scientists have hit upon fluorescence as a way to shed light on what’s happening with flow batteries as they operate.
Scientists use diamonds to generate better accelerator beams
Scientists use diamond emitters to shape an accelerator beam to minimize energy loss, improving efficiency.
Do simulations represent the real world at the atomic scale?
A multidisciplinary research team has developed a strategy to validate computer simulations of oxide/water interfaces at the atomic scale using X-ray reflectivity experiments. Such interfaces are key in many energy applications.
Q&A with Junhong Chen: Argonne’s lead water strategist addresses questions on managing our precious water resources
Argonne’s Junhong Chen discusses how Argonne’s wide-ranging expertise combined with use of artificial intelligence and world-class research facilities can solve problems in water science and engineering.
Like a leaf – new ways to capture carbon from the air
Argonne National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will receive $4.5 million over three years for research aimed at capturing carbon dioxide directly from air and converting it to useful products by artificial photosynthesis.
Scientists repurpose MRI magnet for new discoveries
For five years, a recycled MRI magnet has provided strong magnetic fields for cross-calibration and testing of equipment used in major physics experiments.
Argonne postdoctoral researcher Daniel Moberg wins Cozzarelli Prize
Argonne researcher Daniel Moberg has won a 2019 Cozzarelli Prize, awarded to the top scientific papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Active learning accelerates redox-flow battery discovery
In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, researchers are accelerating the hunt for the best possible battery components by employing artificial intelligence.
High-precision electrochemistry: The new gold standard in fuel cell catalyst development
As part of an international collaboration, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have made a pivotal discovery that could extend the lifetime of fuel cells that power electric vehicles by eliminating the dissolution of platinum catalysts.
Scientists find new way to measure important beam property
In a new study from Argonne, researchers have measured important beam properties that will help scientists develop more focused beams for high-impact science.
Argonne scientists create water filtration membranes that can clean themselves
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new, low-cost means to address membrane fouling through the application of a light-activated coating that can make the membrane self-cleaning.
The historical partnership that revolutionized battery research at Argonne
Argonne battery scientist Michael Thackeray highlights the ongoing research into manganese-based lithium-ion batteries, and how his work with Nobel Prize winner John B. Goodenough in the 80s has informed today’s studies.
UChicago scientists discover way to make quantum states last 10,000 times longer
Scientists discovered a simple modification that allows quantum systems to stay operational 10,000 times longer than previous systems.
Explosive nuclear astrophysics
An international team has made a key discovery related to “presolar grains” found in some meteorites. This discovery has shed light on stellar explosions and the origin of chemical elements. It has also provided a new method for astronomical research.
Argonne and Sentient Science develop game-changing computer modeling program to improve discovery and design of new materials
Researchers collaborated to create a software program to accelerate discovery and design of new materials for applications allowing for a far more comprehensive understanding of materials from atomistic to mesoscopic scale than ever before.
Solving materials problems with a quantum computer
Scientists at Argonne and the University of Chicago have developed a method paving the way to using quantum computers to simulate realistic molecules and complex materials. They tested the method on a quantum simulator and IBM quantum computer.
Learning more about particle collisions with machine learning
A team of Argonne scientists has devised a machine learning algorithm that calculates, with low computational time, how the ATLAS detector in the Large Hadron Collider would respond to the ten times more data expected with a planned upgrade in 2027.
New cathode coating extends lithium-ion battery life, boosts safety
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has developed a new particle-level cathode coating for lithium ion batteries meant to increase their life and safety.
Six Argonne researchers receive DOE Early Career Research Program awards
Argonne scientists Michael Bishof, Maria Chan, Marco Govini, Alessandro Lovato, Bogdan Nicolae and Stefan Wild have received funding for their research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program.
Platinum-free catalysts could make cheaper hydrogen fuel cells
Argonne scientists studied platinum-free catalysts for important fuel cell reactions. The research provides understanding of the mechanisms that make the catalysts effective, and it could inform production of more efficient and cost-effective catalysts.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have created and tested a single-crystal electrode that promises to yield pivotal discoveries for advanced batteries under development worldwide.
Scientists uncover major cause of resistance in solid electrolytes
Scientists investigated grain boundaries in a solid electrolyte at an unprecedentedly small scale. The resulting insights provide new avenues for tuning chemical properties in the material to improve performance.
Fourth cohort of 6 innovators selected for Chain Reaction Innovations program
Six new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program’s fourth cohort.