Researchers have determined the structure and mechanism of an enzyme that performs the crucial first step in the formation of cholesterol and a key virulence factor in staph bacteria.
General Motors Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory announced they have reached a worldwide licensing agreement to use Argonne's patented composite cathode material to make advanced lithium-ion batteries that last longer between charges and can charge at higher voltages.
The lithium-ion battery cell technology that is powering GM’s Chevrolet Volt, the first mass-produced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has reached a licensing agreement between LG Chem and the DOE lab that patented the cathode material. LG Chem contributes SRS separator safety technology with the Argonne-developed cells.
Part 8 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What do you think the next great invention will be?
Part 7 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. In your point of view, what are some of the greatest threats to R&D in the U.S. right now? Are these roadblocks experienced by your organization, and, if so, how are you dealing with them?
Part 6 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What specifics discoveries or breakthroughs has your organization made that embody the spirit of innovation? Please describe the support for these technologies your organization has had for sponsor or collaborators? Finally, please describe your funding situation.
Part 5 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Where do you see real innovations taking place, and what are the geographical locations or industries do you see benefiting from innovation?
Part 4 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Many R&D organizations are seeing a greater collaboration and partnership activity. Are you seeing this trend? If so, what are some of the forces behind it, and how is it affecting your organization?
Part 3 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Describe your organization’s staffing and recruiting challenges as you see them now.
Part 2 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What one word would you use to describe the current state of industrial research?
Today’s economic and employment realities drive research organizations to develop new strategies.
Argonne National Laboratory's transmission x-ray detection system fits on a conventional scanning electron microscope and can boost nanomaterials signal collection from 30 to 500 times over conventional electron-optical instrumentation.
Argonne National Laboratory’s Hard X-ray Uni-body Quad Collimator for Structural Biology automates switching between various size x-ray beams, protecting against sample loss and allowing users to run uncompromised experiments.
To say that the outlook for government R&D laboratory executives is brighter for 2010 than 2009 would be a great understatement. At this time last year most laboratories were scrambling to adjust to a short-term financial upheaval brought about by an across-the-board freeze on budgets until March 2009.
The Superhard and Slick Coating (SSC) developed by a team of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) , Galleon International Co. (Brighton, Mich.) , and Hauzer Technocoating (Venlo, The Netherlands), differs from existing coatings in its chemistry, which consists primarily of molybdenum and copper, along with silver, antimony, and tin.
According to its developers at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) and Xradia Inc. (Concord, Calif.), the Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe (HXN) represents the first of what is expected to be a new class of high-performance hard x-ray microscopes.
The Argonne/Envia Composite Electrode Material Technology to Enable Plug-in Hybrids and All-Electric Vehicles from Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) and Envia Systems (Hayward, Calif.) is intended to provide energy and more longevity than any other Li-ion cathode material technology.
The upcoming changes in government leadership will create temporary issues in the government’s network of research labs until new strategies are defined and funded.
Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD) Mechanical Seals, researched and developed by Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc., and John Crane Inc., stands out as competition for SiC. The seal get its name from its grain size, which at 2-5 nm and 20 carbon atoms in diameter, is much smaller than microcrystalline diamond films.
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and EnerDel have removed remaining barriers to consumer acceptance of HEVs with the EnerDel/Argonne Advanced High-Power Battery for Hybrid Electric Vehicles, a highly reliable and extremely safe battery that is lighter in weight, more compact, more powerful, and longer lasting than the Ni-MH batteries found in today’s HEVs and competing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
Detection of chemicals in air, especially remotely, is of paramount importance to national security, counter terrorism efforts, leak detection, and environmental protection. To that end, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) created the Passive Millimeter-Wave Spectrometer for Remote Chemical Detection, a passive spectrometer in the millimeter-wave region of the electromagnetic spectrum that is relatively immune to atmospheric interference and can detect chemical signatures from several kilometers away.
In an effort to increase the quality of radiographic images created by a mammogram, thus increasing chances of survival, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) have created the Ultra-High Resolution Mammography System. This system not only creates better and more consistent image quality and storage, but allows for computer-aided diagnosis and distribution of the images for online consultancy.
Degradation of metallic structural components by metal dusting has been a concern within hydrogen, methanol, and ammonia gas production lines for over 50 years. These industries have significant uncertainties about the mechanism that leads to metal dusting in their systems, and they have not been able to develop an approach to combat this corrosion. This scenario may soon change with the addition of Materials Resistant to Metal Dusting Degradation, new alloys, developed by Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.).
In the paper and pulp industry, certain drying operations have not changed significantly since their development nearly two centuries ago. However, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.), the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, and Kadant Johnson (Three Rivers, Mich.) have recently developed a revolutionary concept, the Multiport Dryer Technology for the Forest Products Industry, that offers a radically new approach to this process.
Research teams at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) and Creatv MicroTech Inc. (Potomac, Md.) created new Anti-scatter Grids for X-ray Imaging and Collimators for Nuclear Imaging made by LIGA. Using LIGA (German acronym for lithography, electroforming, and molding), the Argonne/Creatv MicroTech team was able to generate 2-D anti-scatter grids which can reduce scatter more efficiently than the current one dimensional grids.