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Argonne National Laboratory is a science and engineering research national laboratory operated by the University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the United States Department of Energy located in Lemont, Illinois, outside Chicago. It is the largest national laboratory by size and scope in the Midwest. Argonne was initially formed to carry out Enrico Fermi's work on nuclear reactors as part of the Manhattan Project, and it was designated as the first national laboratory in the United States on July 1, 1946. In the post-war era the lab focused primarily on non-weapon related nuclear physics, designing and building the first power-producing nuclear reactors, helping design the reactors used by the USA's nuclear navy, and a wide variety of similar projects. In 1994, the lab's nuclear mission ended, and today it maintains a broad portfolio in basic science research, energy storage and renewable energy, environmental sustainability, supercomputing, and national security.

A possible game changer for next generation microelectronics

“Tiny magnetic whirlpools could transform memory storage in high performance computers. Magnets generate invisible fields that attract certain materials. A common example is fridge magnets. Far more important to our everyday lives, magnets also can store data in computers. Exploiting …

Thinnest ferroelectric material ever paves the way for new energy-efficient devices

“Discovery of intriguing material behavior at small scales could reduce energy demands for computing. As electronic devices become smaller and smaller, the materials that power them need to become thinner and thinner. Because of this, one of the key challenges …

New cathode design solves major barrier to better lithium-ion batteries

“Boundary-free structure for electrode particles eliminates reactions that diminish battery life. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have a long history of breakthrough discoveries with lithium-ion batteries. Many of these discoveries have focused …

Scientists use novel method to make promising battery material

“Charging and discharging a battery cell transforms its electrode material into a ​“super” material. Over the last decade, advances in research and development have led to more efficient lithium-ion batteries. Yet, significant shortcomings remain. One challenge is the need for …

Argonne scientists use quantum computers to simulate quantum materials

“Scientists achieve important milestone in making quantum computing more effective. Quantum computers promise to revolutionize science by enabling computations that were once thought impossible. But for quantum computers to become an everyday reality, there is a long way to go …

Researchers now able to predict battery lifetimes with machine learning

“Imagine a psychic telling your parents, on the day you were born, how long you would live. A similar experience is possible for battery chemists who are using new computational models to calculate battery lifetimes based on as little as …

Tiny magnets could hold the secret to new quantum computers

“Magnetic interactions could point to miniaturizable quantum devices. From MRI machines to computer hard disk storage, magnetism has played a role in pivotal discoveries that reshape our society. In the new field of quantum computing, magnetic interactions could play a …

A new platform for customizable quantum devices

“A ground-up approach to qubit design leads to a new framework for creating versatile, highly tailored quantum devices. Advances in quantum science have the potential to revolutionize the way we live. Quantum computers hold promise for solving problems that are …

Researchers set record by preserving quantum states for more than 5 seconds

“Breakthrough using common material could pave way for new quantum technologies. Quantum science holds promise for many technological applications, such as building hackerproof communication networks or quantum computers that could accelerate new drug discovery. These applications require a quantum version …

Scientists identify another reason why batteries can’t charge in minutes

“Researchers find new issue complicating fast charging. Haste makes waste, as the saying goes. Such a maxim may be especially true of batteries, thanks to a new study that seeks to identify the reasons that cause the performance of fast …