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Anirudha “Ani” Sumant is a nanoscientist at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials. He received the 2018 TechConnect Innovation Award for his work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne’s TechConnect hat trick

Argonne National Laboratory nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant has earned a TechConnect Innovation Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes Sumant’s work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. The technology was developed in partnership with Euclid Techlabs to create a superior field emission electron source for use in linear accelerators.

May 16, 2018
Argonne researchers have created a very-low-friction dry lubricant that has hundreds of industrial applications and can be used virtually wherever two pieces of metal rub together in dry conditions. Left to right: Mathew Cherukara, Ali Erdemir, Badri Narayanan, Alexander Zinovev, Anirudha Sumant and Subramanian Sankaranarayanan. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nanodiamonds are forever

Argonne researchers have created a self-generating, very-low-friction dry lubricant that lasts so long it could almost be confused with forever.

May 10, 2018
This week’s joint APS-CNM Users Meeting will allow users to share their scientific results with their peers; participate in engaging classes, lectures and workshops in cutting-edge science; and consult with more than 60 vendors whose products and services can help augment their research. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
APS-CNM Users Meeting helps scientists plan for an even brighter future

The Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials will host the APS-CNM Users Meeting to be held at Argonne from May 7 to 10.

May 9, 2018
Argonne scientists helped create a comprehensive new model that draws on supercomputers to simulate how various aspects of the Earth — its atmosphere, oceans, land, ice — move. (Image by E3SM.org.)
SimEarth

Argonne joins its sister national laboratories in powering a new earth modeling system with supercomputers. The system features weather-scale resolution and can help researchers anticipate decadal-scale changes that could influence the U.S. energy sector in years to come.

May 7, 2018
Argonne materials scientist Samuel Bader is one of only three recipients of the 2018 Magnetism Award and Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne scientist wins international award for magnetism research

Samuel Bader, a longtime materials scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, is one of three researchers to earn the 2018 prestigious Magnetism Award and Néel Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

May 4, 2018
University of Chicago graduate student Joshua Riback received the 2018 Rosalind Franklin Investigator Award from Argonne’s APS Users Organization. Riback’s research focuses on the link between the biophysical properties of macromolecules and the principles of biological phenomena. (Image by The University of Chicago.)
U of C student receives 2018 Rosalind Franklin Investigator Award

A University of Chicago graduate student in Biophysical Sciences has received the 2018 Rosalind Franklin Investigator Award from the Advanced Photon Source Users Organization.

May 1, 2018
Argonne scientists (left to right) Albert Wagner, Stephen Klippenstein, Lawrence Harding and James Miller (not pictured) have been named fellows of The Combustion Institute for their groundbreaking work in combustion science and technology. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Four Argonne researchers earn international honors

Four senior researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have received international recognition for their groundbreaking work in combustion science and technology. Chemists Lawrence Harding, Albert Wagner, Stephen Klippenstein and James Miller have been inducted as fellows of The Combustion Institute.

April 26, 2018
Power plants that balance nuclear and renewable energy could increase revenues from electricity markets and reduce variable operating and maintenance costs, according to Argonne scientists. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Vaclav Volrab and Argonne National Laboratory.)
Balancing nuclear and renewable energy

Argonne researchers explore the benefits of adjusting the output of nuclear power plants according to the changing supply of renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

April 25, 2018
John Carlisle, director of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne, is seen here introducing the opening of the second CRI cohort pitch on February 7. Six innovators were chosen from that competition and will work to grow their technologies at Argonne over the next two years. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne selects innovators from across nation to grow startups

Argonne announces second cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations.

April 18, 2018
This shows the reaction mechanism for converting hydrogen fluoride (HF) impurity from the electrolyte into lithium fluoride (LiF) in the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) with release of hydrogen gas (H<sub>2</sub>). The SEI layer is shown on a substrate of gold (Au) atoms, which serves as a simplified model system. Scientists determined this mechanism using advanced computational methods (density functional theory and molecular dynamics simulations). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Battery’s hidden layer revealed

An international team led by Argonne National Laboratory makes breakthrough in understanding the chemistry of the microscopically thin layer that forms between the liquid electrolyte and solid electrode in lithium-ion batteries. The results are being used in improving the layer and better predicting battery lifetime.

April 17, 2018