2010 PSE News & Highlights
Six Argonne scientists inducted into American Physical Society
December 17, 2010 -- Six scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory were recently elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2010. Argonne’s contingent of new fellows for this year is larger than that of any other laboratory, university or corporation in the world. Read the story.
Molecular beam epitaxy facility to design custom materials for scientists
December 7, 2010 -- The instrument used for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) looks a little like the lunar module, with spindly metal legs feeding into a large cylindrical canister. But this device isn't headed for the moon—it delves into molecules instead, helping scientists craft new materials layer by layer with nearly atomic precision. Read the story.
Argonne scientists awarded supercomputing time to enable scientific breakthroughs
November 30, 2010 -- Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory lead projects that have been awarded a total of 65 million hours of computing time on Argonne’s energy-efficient Blue Gene/P (“Intrepid”) supercomputer. Read the story.
Argonne's George Crabtree co-chairs new APS study on integrating renewable energy into the grid
November 16, 2010 -- George Crabtree (MSD), senior scientist and Argonne distinguished fellow, co-chaired The American Physical Society's newly released study Integrating Renewable Electricity on the Grid. This study outlines the infrastructure upgrades that must be made to America's electricity grid. Read the story.
Jeff Chamberlain testifies before Congress on grid technology
November 15, 2010 -- Chamberlain testified to the House Committee on Science and Technology in a
field hearing on "Options and Opportunities for Onsite Renewable Energy Integration." Read the testimony.
Molecular "stencils" open up new possibilities for solar energy
November 15, 2010 -- Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have begun to use molecular “stencils” to pave the way to new materials that could potentially find their way into future generations of solar cells, catalysts and photonic crystals. Read the story.
Argonne scientists watch the birth of nanoparticles for the first time
October 13, 2010 -- A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has succeeded in "watching" nanoparticles grow in real time. Read the story.
Argonne Distinguished Fellow receives Buckley Prize for physics research
October 13, 2010 --Juan Carlos Campuzano, an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, together with P. Johnson of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Z.X. Shen of Stanford University, was awarded the prestigious Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize by the American Physical Society for 2011. Read the story.
New technique allows 3-D visualization of quantum property
September 28, 2010 -- Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique that maps the magnetic vector potential — one of the most important electromagnetic quantities and a foundation of quantum mechanics — in three dimensions. Read the story.
Two Hispanic researchers from Argonne receive national acclaim
August 25, 2010 -- Jorge Alvarado was honored by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC), and Monica Regalbuto was named one of the 2010 Powerful Hispanics in Energy by the editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology (HE&IT). Read the story.
Different energy mixes will fuel plug-in hybrid cars
August 17, 2010 -- Led by engineers Michael Wang and Amgad Elgowainy, the Argonne team expanded and used the laboratory’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model to assess which types of power plants are likely to generate the electricity used by PHEVs in different regions of the United States. Read the story.
TransForum - Special Issue on Batteries
August 2010 -- Argonne's transportation newsletter highlights the laboratory's battery research. Read the issue.
Accelerators for America's Future
July 30, 2010 -- The new report, "Accelerators for America's Future," is a product of a 2009 meeting that captured the perspectives, insights and conclusions of experts from across the spectrum of accelerator applications. Read the story.
China's Minister of Science and Technology Visits Argonne
July 22, 2010 -- Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, visited Argonne on Wednesday, July 21, to learn about the laboratory's efforts with alternative energy research. Read the story.
Kentucky surges ahead in efforts to help build domestic battery industry
July 19, 2010 -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced today that respected battery industry veteran Dr. Ralph Brodd has been selected to lead the Kentucky-Argonne National Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. Read the story.
TransForum - Summer 2010 issue
July 2010 -- Argonne's transportation newsletter features news from the lab's Transportation Technology R&D Center. Read the issue.
Argonne wins two R&D 100 awards for breakthroughs in protein crystallography and nanotechnology research
July 8, 2010 -- Two innovative technologies that enhance the ability to study nanomaterials and large biological proteins have won R&D 100 awards, regarded as the “Oscars of invention,” for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.
Argonne announces three new Distinguished Fellows
June 16, 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has named scientists Amanda Petford-Long, Orlando Auciello and Ali Erdemir as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank. Read the story.
Gold nanoparticles create visible-light catalysis in nanowires
June 15, 2010 -- A scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has created visible-light catalysis, using silver chloride nanowires decorated with gold nanoparticles, that may decompose organic molecules in polluted water. Read the story.
Julius Jellinek receives Humboldt Research Award
June 1, 2010 -- Argonne's Julius Jellinek has been elected a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award, known also as the Humboldt Prize, by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany for his extensive groundbreaking work in physics and chemistry of finite-size systems. Read the story.
Argonne signs energy storage research MOU with Japan
May 2010 -- Argonne and NEDO, a Japanese government organization for energy technology R&D, have signed an MOU for cooperative information exchange in the field of energy storage technology. Read the story
Mark Peters testifies before Congress on nuclear energy
May 19, 2010 -- Mark Peters, Argonne's Deputy Lab Director, testifies before Congress on advanced nuclear fuel cycle R&D and the DOE nuclear roadmap. Watch the video. Read full text of testimony (PDF).
Khalil Amine wins 2010 ECS award for battery research
May 14, 2010 -- Argonne researcher Khalil Amine is the 2010 winner of the Battery Division Technology Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). Read the story.
Plastic Bags to Batteries - A Green Chemistry Solution
April 14, 2010 -- Argonne Scholar Vilas Pol has figured out a way to convert plastic grocery bags into carbon nanotubes. Watch the video.
Scientists develop green method to produce propylene oxide
April 8, 2010 -- Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have identified a new class of silver-based catalysts for the production of the industrially useful chemical propylene oxide that is both environmentally friendly and less expensive. Read the story.
New material traps radioactive ions using "Venus flytrap" method
February 25, 2010 -- Like a Venus flytrap, a newly discovered chemical material is a picky eater—it won't snap its jaws shut for just anything. Instead of flies, however, its favorite food is radioactive nuclear waste. Read the story.
Postdoc Calem Hoffman wins national honor for dissertation
February 24, 2010 -- Calem Hoffman, postdoctoral appointee in the Physics Division at Argonne, has been awarded top national honors for his doctoral dissertation in nuclear physics. Read the story.
Argonne launches unique research initiative to realize solar energy’s full potential
February 22, 2010 -- Spurred by global development and population growth, the world’s energy needs are expected to double by 2050. The best solution to meet this coming demand is an energy mix that includes generous amounts of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biofuels, as well as nuclear energy and fossil fuels. Read the story.
Argonne scientists discover novel materials approach to fighting cancer
February 8, 2010 -- Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago Medical Center are shaking up the world of materials science and cancer research on the cover of the February 2010 issue of the journal Nature Materials. Read the story.
AARA funding to push battery technology from Argonne Laboratory to marketplace
January 19, 2010 -- After more than a decade of experience in lithium-ion battery research, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory know well the challenges of getting manufacturers interested in advanced materials for their batteries. Read the story.
Argonne's Zaluzec to lead Microscopy Society of America
January 19, 2010 -- Nestor J. Zaluzec (MSD) has been elected president of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). He will serve a three-year term (2010-2012) as president-elect, president and past-president. Read the story.
Argonne researcher named 2009 AAAS Fellow
January 6, 2010 -- Ron Shepard of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read the story.