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Chicago Tribune: Argonne National Laboratory: Lithium-air batteries

December 25, 2011 -- Earlier this year, General Motors Co. and South Korea's LG Chem Ltd. announced they were licensing a new battery technology for the next-generation Chevy Volt. Called the nickel manganese cobalt system, or NMC, it was invented in Chicago's southwest suburbs by four scientists at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

Txchnologist: How old is water? Krypton analysis helps scientists unravel H20's life story

December 14, 2011 -- How old is the water in your drinking glass? What about the ice cubes floating in it? Any answer is bound to make reference to the water cycle (evaporate, rain, repeat). Still, for most practical purposes, water is both eternal and constantly replenished. Read the story.

UChicago News: Small reactors could figure into U.S. energy future

December 13, 2011 -- A newly released study from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) concludes that small modular reactors may hold the key to the future of U.S. nuclear power generation. Read the story.

Symmetry breaking: Possible signs of the Higgs remain in latest analyses

December 13, 2011 -- Two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have nearly eliminated the space in which the Higgs boson could dwell, scientists announced in a seminar held at CERN today. However, the ATLAS and CMS experiments see modest excesses in their data that could soon uncover the famous missing piece of the physics puzzle. Read the story.

Scientific American: Large Hadron Collider Backgrounder

December 11, 2011 -- Thomas LeCompte of Argonne National Lab was the physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He talks about the instrument and its future, as we await the December 13th announcement as to whether the LHC has found the Higgs particle. Listen to the podcast.

Mail & Guardian Online: Time for greenies to go nuclear

December 9, 2011 -- It's a devastating admission to have to make, especially during the climate talks in Durban. But there would be no point in writing this column if I were not prepared to confront harsh truths. This year, the environmental movement to which I belong has done more harm to the planet's living systems than climate change deniers have ever achieved. Read the story.

Voice of America: NHTSA Opens Probe into Chevrolet Volt Fire

December 6, 2011 -- Federal safety officials are looking into battery-related fires in General Motors' new electric-powered Chevrolet Volt automobile. The fires occurred after the officials crash-tested the vehicle. Read the story.

The Guardian: A nuclear solution that ticks all our boxes

December 5, 2011 -- It's a devastating admission to have to make, especially during the climate talks in Durban. But there would be no point in writing this column if I were not prepared to confront harsh truths. This year, the environmental movement to which I belong has done more harm to the planet's living systems than climate change deniers have ever achieved. Read the story.

Medill Reports: Illinois electricity IQ charges ahead. Next stop - smart grid

November 30, 2011 -- Now, a high-voltage version of the global movement to update the electric grid is lighting up in Illinois. Read the story.

McCormick Magazine: Northwestern and Argonne - Creating Collaborations With a Scientific Neighbor to the South

November 29, 2011 -- Earlier this year the two institutions created the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering, which will expand opportunities for Northwestern students and faculty to perform research at Argonne. The institute will allow for scientist exchanges, joint research projects, and easier access to facilities. Read the story.

Technology Review: In Search of the Ideal Grid Battery

November 22, 2011 -- Energy utilities are increasingly looking for batteries that can help stabilize the grid. By quickly storing and delivering charge, batteries could accommodate fluctuations in supply and demand, and help to incorporate variable sources of power such as wind and solar. Read the story.

New York Times: A Rare Isotope Helps Track an Ancient Water Source

November 21, 2011 -- The Nubian Aquifer, the font of fabled oases in Egypt and Libya, stretches languidly across 770,000 square miles of northern Africa, a pointillist collection of underground pools of water migrating, ever so slowly, through rock and sand toward the Mediterranean Sea. Read the story.

CNet: Same-size lithium ion battery, 10 times the storage

November 17, 2011 -- Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory this week published advances on research that takes on lithium ion batteries' weak spot: the electrodes that hold electric charge. Both efforts reflect the quest among researchers to improve batteries by improving the anode and cathode material used in today's lithium ion batteries. Read the story.

The Washington Monthly: Assault on Battery (by Argonne Director Eric Isaacs)

November 15, 2011 -- Just five years ago, the documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car? claimed to prove conclusively that American electric vehicle technology had been effectively buried by an unholy cartel of car makers, government bureaucrats, oil companies, and SUV-loving consumers. Read the story.

The Engineer: UNCD thin films could improve the fabrication of biosensors

November 8, 2011 -- Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials have successfully carved ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films into nanowires. The development is likely to increase the material’s functionality and provide potential improvements to the fabrication of biosensors. Read the story. Ultra-nanocrystalline diamond nanowires exhibit unique electrical properties

November 7, 2011 -- A research team headed by materials scientist Anirudha Sumant from Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials has carved nanowires from thin films of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD), enhancing the functionality of the material and offering considerable improvements in biosensor fabrication. Read the story.

Symmetry Breaking: Fermilab's SeaQuest dives into a mysterious sea of particles

November 3, 2011 -- Physicists at Fermilab will soon commission a new experiment that will slam protons into various targets to reveal the mysterious subnuclear interactions in the sea of particles within the proton. The SeaQuest experiment, conceived by a team of nuclear and particle physicists, aims to provide a new understanding of nucleon-nucleon interaction. With results from this experiment, they could possibly replace the current model of nuclear force with a new fundamental theory. Read the story.

Softpedia: Improved Luminescent Solar Concentrators Now Available

November 3, 2011 -- Experts at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Pennsylvania State University announced the development of improved luminescent solar concentrators, devices that could make solar energy economically feasible once and for all. Read the story.

New America: What Will Turn Us On in 2030?

October 20, 2011 -- Billions of dollars each year are poured into the development of solar, nuclear, biological, and other energies to substitute for fossil fuels. But so far, issues of cost, efficiency, and scalability call into question the arrival of the next era of energy. Can any alternative sources become viably competitive with fossil fuels? What can we -- as individuals, businesses, and governments -- do to accelerate the rise of clean energy? Jeff Chamberlain is speaking. Read the story.

PR Newswire: Hydro-Quebec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO)

October 20, 2011 -- Hydro-Quebec (Canada) and Technifin (South Africa) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an intellectual property collaboration agreement relating to the licensing of their respective intellectual property (IP) in lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies, notably for lithium-ion battery applications. Read the story.

WBEZ: Changing Gears: Will advanced batteries charge up the Midwest economy?

October 19, 2011 -- Three years ago, the advanced battery industry in the United States existed only in the imagination. Plenty of people believed electric cars would be the next big thing - and they believed they would be powered by lithium ion batteries – the same kind of batteries that are in cell phones and laptops. But in 2008, almost all of the lithium ion batteries in the world were made in Asia. Read the story. How the Electric Car Came to Life

October 17, 2011 -- Years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors have crystallized the complementary nature of their work for Jeff Chamberlain, who currently heads up battery research and development for Argonne National Lab. Read the story.

AOL Energy: Argonne Seeks To Boost Battery R&D With Multiple Partnerships

October 5, 2011 -- Batteries are the basis of almost all futuristic energy visions: they will be used to power cars and store energy from intermittent renewables. Read the story.

The Globe and Mail: Nano-technology coming to the doctor’s office

October 4, 2011 -- Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are fighting disease with nanotech. At the laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, the NanoBio Interfaces Group began by integrating titanium dioxide nano-particles with biomolecules so it could target sites in unwanted cells and destroy the cells by applying visible light. Read the story.

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Electric cars

October 4, 2011 -- Chicago Tonight takes a look -- and goes for a ride -- in what could be the future of transportation: hybrid electric and completely electric cars. The segment features interviews with Argonne researchers. Watch the video.

Chemical & Engineering News: Hybrid Photocatalyst Produces H2 Rapidly

October 3, 2011 -- Nature’s photosynthesis machinery can be combined with inexpensive synthetic transition-metal-based catalysts to yield a complex that rapidly produces hydrogen from water in the presence of light. Read the story.

EnergyBoom: Argonne Ups Solar Efficiency via Luminescent Solar Concentrators

September 29, 2011 -- At Argonne National Laboratory, scientists are re-examining an idea which has been around for about three decades in non-commercial form. They are using luminescent solar concentrators, or LSCs, thin film plastics treated with phosphorescent dyes that capture light rays, change them to a different wavelength, and then concentrate them along the outer edges of the film. Read the story.

Chemistry World: Electric vehicles set to charge ahead

September 26, 2011 -- Concerns over rising oil prices and security of supply are driving a sea change in the motoring industry with battery powered electric vehicles gradually appearing on our roads. But many technological challenges remain before the majority of vehicles on the road will be battery powered. Read the story.

Nature Materials: Superconductivity: An X-ray oxygen regulator

September 23, 2011 -- X-ray illumination can be used to control the arrangement of oxygen atoms in cuprate superconductors, allowing the writing of regions of robust high-transition-temperature superconductivity. Read the story.

PhysOrg: Powering wind energy with superconductivity

September 21, 2011 -- Argonne National Laboratory, working with Advanced Magnet Lab in Florida, has received an award to develop superconducting drive generators for windmills. Read the story.

Futurity: Semiconductors sniff out nuclear weapons

September 14, 2011 -- New materials that can detect hard radiation could lead to a handheld device for spotting nuclear weapons and materials, like those that could be used in a "nuclear bomb in a suitcase." Read the story.

Wired: Self-Assembling Minirobots Swim and Manipulate Objects

August 8, 2011 -- Tiny, self-assembling robots can swim and clamp onto particles and then release them when subjected to the right magnetic fields. Read the story.

Chemical & Engineering News: Making Films One Layer At A Time

August 1, 2011 -- Talk to thin-film experts about a coating technology known as atomic layer deposition (ALD) and several of them are sure to say excitedly, "It's all about the chemistry." Read the story.

WBEZ: Clever Apes Podcast - Trick of the light

July 26, 2011 -- David Tiede discusses how Argonne is working to unlock the secrets of photosynthesis. Listen to the podcast.

The Future of Things: New Techniques for Solar Cells

July 21, 2011 -- Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have developed an extension to atomic layer deposition techniques which could lead to improvements in solar cells and photonic crystals as well as in many other fields dependent on advances in materials and material construction techniques. Read the story.

Project Syndicate: A Hundred Years of Superconductivity by Argonne's Michael Norman

July 8, 2011 -- The world’s first “quantum” computer – a machine that harnesses the magic of quantum phenomena to perform memory and processing tasks incredibly faster than today’s silicon-based computer chips – was recently sold by D-Wave Systems of Canada to Lockheed-Martin. Read the story.

PhysOrg: Thinnest nanofiltration membrane to date

July 7, 2011 -- A recent collaboration between researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago with the Center for Nanoscale Materials' Electronic & Magnetic Materials & Devices Group at the Argonne National Laboratory has produced the thinnest nanofiltration membrane achieved thus far, at about 30 nm, made of just four layers of nanoparticles. Read the story.

Reuters: Why lithium-ion batteries die so young

June 29, 2011 -- What's going on in the battery that makes it give up the ghost? Argonne's Daniel Abraham is quoted. Read the story.

Scientific American: Fukushima Absorbed: How plutonium poisons the body

June 26, 2011 -- Plutonium has a half-life of about 24,000 years. And scientists have known for decades that even in small doses, it is highly toxic, leading to radiation illness, cancer and often to death. Read the story.

PhysOrg: The goal? Cooler, smaller, fuel cells

June 10, 2011 -- Fuel cells that use hydrogen or methane to generate electricity in chemical reactions while shedding only harmless byproducts like water are dream products for engineers, environmentalists and business leaders searching for clean, alternative ways to power tomorrow's vehicles. Read the story.

CNN: U.S. can break addiction to imported oil -- by Eric Isaacs

June 6, 2011 -- Nobody likes soaring gas prices -- not motorists, not consumers, not business owners, not elected officials. Now, even a Saudi prince, whose family's massive wealth is built on oil, is complaining about the high price of gasoline. Read the story.

Forbes: Chemicals Giant Gambles on Li-ion Batteries

May 31, 2011 -- BASF, the German chemicals conglomerate, said last week that it would pursue a stronger position in the lithium-ion battery space by commercializing higher-quality electrolyte formulas. Read the story.

Crain's: Chicago's clean-energy innovators and investors aim to catch up with the coasts

May 30, 2011 -- The catalyst behind Chicago's growing clean-energy movement was not a breakthrough discovery by a local scientist or a hot local company with a market-transforming technology. It was a new car. Read the story.

Physics & Physicists: Argonne Transportation Research on Jeopardy!

May 23, 2011 -- Argonne transportation research forms the basis of a category of questions on a recent episode of the show, Jeopardy! Watch the video.

R&D Mag: Nanowire production template is fast, simple, reusable

May 23, 2011 -- Scientists from Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Material's Nanofabrication Group, working with users from the University of Wisconsin-Stevenson Point, have discovered a fast, simple, scalable technique for solution-based, electrochemical synthesis of patterned metallic and semiconducting nanowires from a reusable, nonsacrificial, ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) template. Read the story.

EnergyBiz: Modeling Solar Costs

May 19, 2011 --Do you build your new solar installations using wafers of crystalline silicon or thin-film cadmium telluride? Do you start now or wait another year or two for a more favorable discount rate? Do you locate it outside of Boston or Seattle? Read the story.

PhysOrg: Medical applications of diamond particles and surfaces

May 9, 2011 -- Scientists in the Argonne National Laboratory's Nanofabrication & Devices Group together with users from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University have written an invited review article describing recent advances using nanodiamond particles and diamond thin films for biomedical applications. Read the story.

FavStocks: Argonne/Univ of St. Andrews researchers explore activated lithium metal oxides as high-capacity electrodes for Li-air batteries

May 4, 2011 -- Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory in the US and the University of St. Andrews in the UK report on the use of activated Lithium-metal-oxides as catalytic electrodes for high-capacity lithium-air batteries in the journal Electrochemical Solid-State Letters. Read the story.

PhysOrg: Building a better battery

April 26, 2011 -- “What we are trying to do is put different pieces of a puzzle together,” said Argonne National Laboratory scientist Daniel P. Abraham. The puzzle is a lithium-rich compound material that holds key insights into the development of more powerful and robust batteries for electric cars. Read the story.

McClatchy: Is the moment for electric cars finally driving up

April 4, 2011 -- When oil hit a record price of $147 a barrel in July 2008, it was a game-changing moment that sparked a serious push to create electric cars and hybrid electric engines that could help wean Americans off oil. Read the story.

New York Times: Building Better Batteries for Electric Cars

March 30, 2011 -- To reduce our vast appetite for oil, the government and auto industry are working together to encourage car buyers to think electric when they go car shopping. Read the story.

Physics Today: What to do with room-temperature superconductivity once we find it?

March 22, 2011 -- While researchers are working to understand the origin of superconductivity, technicians are working just as furiously to find new ways this remarkable effect can be put to use. What are the possible applications for room-temperature superconductors? At this year's Industrial Physics Forum in Dallas, Texas, George Crabtree from Argonne gave a brief overview of the possibilities. Read the story.

UChicago Magazine: Argonne and Battery Power

March 17, 2011 -- In January, Argonne National Laboratory announced two agreements that signaled a step forward for the United States in the global advanced-battery race: the lab licensed its battery technology to General Motors Co. and LG Chem. The moves were also a victory for Argonne, which is owned by the US Department of Energy and managed by the University of Chicago. Read the story.

ScienceWatch: Argonne's Yugang Sun ranked No. 5 on list of world's 100 top materials scientists

March 2, 2011 -- Thomson Reuters released data identifying the world’s top 100 materials scientists who achieved the highest citation impact scores for their papers (articles and reviews) published since January 2000. Argonne's Yugang Sun is ranked No. 5. Read the story.

SciAm: How national security depends on better lithium batteries

March 2, 2011 -- Reinventing the battery is the only way available today to both reduce oil consumption and bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., says Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Read the story.

CNET News: Chu calls for comeback in U.S. energy tech

March 1, 2011 -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu is drawing on U.S. history in research and development to advocate for policies to encourage clean energy technology innovation for the future. Read the story.

CNN: Early universe revealed at 4 trillion degrees

February 20, 2011 -- You've probably heard about the $10 billion particle-smashing machine underneath the border between France and Switzerland. To refresh, it's called the Large Hadron Collider, and its mission is to collide matter at unprecedented speeds and energies to figure out what our universe is made of and how it came to be. Argonne's Thomas LeCompte is quoted. Read the story.

Foreign Policy: How the U.S. may win the battery race

February 7, 2011 -- Arpa-E -- the federal agency that funds radical research into energy breakthroughs -- says that six of the companies in which it's invested have already begun receiving injections of private investment. Read the story.

Medill Reports: New photovoltaic material could deliver twice the solar power

February 3, 2011 -- A new solar cell material could double the energy output of traditional solar photovoltaics, by reacting to nearly the entire light spectrum. Read the story.

New York Times: Clean Energy Firms Aided by Investors

February 2, 2011 -- In late 2009, the federal government gave $151 million in grants to advance 37 clean energy ideas deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract much private financing — like electricity storage that mimics photosynthesis and batteries that double or triple the energy stored per pound. Read the story.

Chemical & Engineering News: Biohybrid Catalyst Rapidly Produces H2

January 31, 2011 -- A molecular complex consisting of photosystem I (PSI) and platinum nanoparticles serves as a highly active hydrogen-production catalyst when exposed to light, according to researchers at Argonne National Laboratory who conducted the study. Read the story.

Crain's Chicago Business: Argonne signs battery license with Envia

January 26, 2011 -- Argonne National Laboratory announced Wednesday it has signed its fifth license for its cathode technology to help build a better battery. Read the story. New material enables 'information sorting' at the speed of light

January 25, 2011 -- An international team of scientists has taken a step closer towards developing optical components for super-fast computers and high-speed internet services of the future. Read the story.

Huffington Post: Putting the Power of Science Into the Electric Car (op-ed by director Eric Isaacs)

January 10, 2011 --If you want proof of the real-world value of basic science research, take a look under the hood of GM's innovative new Chevy Volt. There you'll find a safe, long-lasting lithium-ion battery that uses materials developed and patented at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

New York Times: General Motors Licenses Promising Battery Technology

January 6, 2011 -- General Motors is free to explore a patented car-battery technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory, it was announced Thursday. But even with its freshly inked worldwide licensing agreement, don’t expect G.M. to push aside LG Chem, the Korean battery manufacturer responsible for the battery cells installed in the Chevrolet Volt — LG Chem already uses the Argonne technology. Read the story. See more related media coverage.


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