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The Department of Energy gave Distinguished Achievement awards to Argonne’s Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han in June. The researchers help advance transportation, sustainability and mobility at the laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Four Argonne transportation and fuel experts collect Dept. of Energy honors

Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have earned Distinguished Achievement awards for helping to reimagine transportation, sustainability and mobility.

August 9, 2018
Argonne chemist Lin X. Chen will lead Argonne’s efforts to use new and emerging capabilities to probe materials and chemical processes on ultrafast time scales. This shows the two “thrusts” of Argonne’s work on photoexcited state electron dynamics on the time scale of less than one trillionth of a second in super molecules consisting multiple metal centers (left), and photoinduced interfacial electron injection in transition metal chromophore-semiconducting inorganic and organic materials (right). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne among 10 recipients of competitive grant for ultrafast science

Argonne has been awarded U.S. Department of Energy funds to probe materials and chemical processes on time scales of a quadrillionth of a second or less.

August 2, 2018
This shows the X-ray diffuse scattering that helped Argonne scientists and their collaborators start to answer long-held questions about relaxor ferroelectrics, a technologically important class of materials. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Relax, just break it

Argonne scientists and their collaborators are helping to answer long-held questions about a technologically important class of materials called relaxor ferroelectrics.

July 19, 2018
These are surface SEM images of Janus membrane front faces grown with 150, 200 and 300 cycles at .015, .06 and .15 second exposures. A general trend of quicker nucleation and following onset of conformal growth is observed at higher exposure doses and more cycles. This electron microscope image was taken on Carl Zeiss Merlin SEM at the University of Chicago. (Image courtesy of the University of Chicago.)
Two faces offer limitless possibilities

Named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes — double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances — have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses.

July 19, 2018
A team of Argonne researchers successfully tested the Oleo Sponge off the coast of Southern California in April. From left to right: Argonne’s Seth Darling, Jeff Elam and Ed Barry. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Oleo Sponge successful in real-world conditions off California coast

Argonne’s Oleo Sponge, developed to clean oil spills, lived up to its promise in an experiment conducted off the coast of Southern California, in April.

July 17, 2018
Argonne will partner with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University on the Energy Frontier Research Center focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Dept. of Energy taps Argonne to lead effort focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems

Argonne National Laboratory has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems.

July 2, 2018
This image depicts the selective functionalization of methane molecules, a chemical process that makes them more technologically desirable. The methane molecules are shown as one gray carbon atom connected to four white hydrogen atoms. The orange crystals at bottom represent the metal-organic frameworks in which the reaction takes place. (Image by Xuan Zhang, Northwestern University.)
Uncovering a missing link from methane to methanol

Microscopic crystalline structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. Now, a research team from Argonne and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs.

June 22, 2018
From left to right: Argonne’s Prasanna Balaprakash, Karen Mulfort and Zhang Jiang are among the 84 scientists who received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Three Argonne scientists receive DOE early career awards

Three Argonne researchers have earned the DOE’s 2018 Early Career Research Program awards.

June 21, 2018
Argonne scientists started with a new hetero-structure consisting of a reconfigurable artificial-spin-ice nanostructure on top of a superconducting thin film.
Taming tornadoes at the nanoscale

Argonne scientists help design a reconfigurable superconductor with nanoscale magnets.

June 12, 2018
This interior view of the MiniBooNE detector tank shows the array of photodetectors used to pick up the light particles that are created when a neutrino interacts with a nucleus inside the tank. (Image by Fermilab / Reidar Hahn.)
Blast from the past

Scientists recently reexamined data from the MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab taken between 2009 and 2011, and they found the first direct evidence of mono-energetic neutrinos, or neutrinos with definite energy, that are energetic enough to produce a muon.

June 5, 2018