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New isotope found for climatological dating

May 12, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

Radioactive dating is used to determine everything from the age of dinosaur fossils to Native American arrowheads. A new technique recently developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory may give researchers another tool for radioactive dating that could be of particular use in studying the history of climate change.

Combining gas and diesel engines could yield best of both worlds

May 5, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

It may be hard to believe, but the beloved gasoline engine that powers more than 200 million cars across America every day didn't get its status because it's the most efficient engine. Diesel engines can be more than twice as efficient, but they spew soot and pollutants into the air. Could researchers at Argonne National Laboratory engineer a union between the two—combining the best of both?

Products from Government-sponsored Research

April 8, 2011 7:19 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) has recently commercialized its lithium-rich composite cathode technology for lithium-ion batteries with licenses to GM, Envia, Toda Kogyo, LG Chem, and BASF.

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Research Insights

April 8, 2011 6:08 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Government lab executives comment on pressing topics.

CARIBU facility opens to study rare nuclei

April 1, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

Last week, a stream of highly unusual ions shot through a tiny nozzle at 76 million miles per hour—and CARIBU, a facility designed to study special nuclei normally only created in stars, officially opened for business.

Biologists find new chink in staph's armor

March 25, 2011 5:50 am | News | Comments

The battle against deadly staph infections is closer to victory as Illinois researchers have uncovered secrets of how the bacterium protects itself from human immune attacks, which could lead to more effective anti-staph therapies.

Researchers find enhanced magnetization in bismuth ferrite films

March 21, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

Berkeley Lab researchers have enhanced the spontaneous magnetization in a special form of multiferroic bismuth ferrite. What’s more, they can turn this magnetization “on/off” through the application of an external electric field, an ability for the advancement of spintronic technology.

Argonne, Nalco reach licensing deal on resin wafer technology

March 17, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory and Nalco Company have reached a licensing agreement for an electrodeionization technology that will help reduce the cost of producing clean energy and of the chemicals and water used in industry. The separations technology can process biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals.

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Engineering atomic interfaces for new electronics

February 18, 2011 3:10 am | News | Comments

A multi-institutional team has made fundamental discoveries at the border regions, called interfaces, between oxide materials. Led by Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison materials science and engineering professor Chang-Beom Eom, the team has discovered how to manipulate electrons oxide interfaces by inserting a single layer of atoms. The researchers also have discovered unusual electron behaviors at these engineered interfaces.

What Obama’s proposed budget means for R & D

February 15, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

Analysis of the $3.8 trillion proposed budget is beginning to flow, and early reports of its impact on research and innovation is positive, at least from the perspective of scientists. The president placed priorities on energy and medical research, which explains why standout winners in the budget plan include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. Dept of Energy.

New instructive approach calculates lifetime solar energy cost

February 8, 2011 4:01 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with an analyst at Gartner, Inc. have developed a new and more instructive approach to calculate the lifetime cost for a solar-generated energy system for comparison to other energy systems.

Argonne, Envia strike deal to license advanced battery technology

January 27, 2011 5:55 am | News | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems, based in Newark, Calif. The deal marks the fifth licensing agreement for the Argonne-developed cathode technology.

Chemists document workings of key staph enzyme

January 19, 2011 3:15 am | News | Comments

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.

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GM, Argonne sign licensing deal for advanced battery chemistry

January 10, 2011 3:53 am | News | Comments

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.

Argonne, LG cathode technology will help power the Chevrolet Volt

January 6, 2011 2:05 pm | by Angela Hardin | News | Comments

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.

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 8

December 10, 2010 8:44 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 8 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What do you think the next great invention will be?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 7

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

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?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 6

December 10, 2010 8:23 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

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.

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 5

December 10, 2010 8:04 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

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?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 4

December 10, 2010 7:54 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

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?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 3

December 10, 2010 7:36 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 3 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Describe your organization’s staffing and recruiting challenges as you see them now.

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 2

December 10, 2010 7:06 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 2 of  R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What one word would you use to describe the current state of industrial research?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 1

December 10, 2010 6:48 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Today’s economic and employment realities drive research organizations to develop new strategies.

More signal for nanodetection

August 9, 2010 6:36 pm | Award Winners

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.

Automated aperture switching for x-ray crystallography

August 9, 2010 5:46 pm | Award Winners

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.

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