Yearly Archives: 2012

BASF commissions new U.S. battery materials production plant — BASF has commissioned a new battery materials manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio to produce cathode components for lithium-ion batteries. The four-story, 70,000 square feet building, which was constructed with an investment of more than $50m, was supported by … Read More »

Get your motor running: Engineer talks fuel economy

By Anthony Raap, Medill Reports Chicago Steve Ciatti, a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, modifies diesel engines. By the time he finishes, emissions are reduced 66 to 95 percent and gas mileage improves. Ciatti, who has a doctorate in … Read More »

IIT student chapter of Net Impact tours Argonne sustainable infrastructure

On November 5, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Net Impact student chapter visited Argonne National Laboratory for a tour of the lab’s energy-efficient infrastructure and several presentations on cutting-edge sustainability work that Argonne engages in. Argonne Sustainability Program Manager … Read More »

Improving gas mileage with tribology

If you think tribology is the study of Native American culture, guess again. It is the study of reducing friction. Tribologists study “interactive surfaces in relative motion.” Much attention is currently placed on alternative energy sources and improving the efficiency … Read More »

New nuclear accelerator being used at Notre Dame

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame and elsewhere have begun using a new $4 million nuclear accelerator to study the origin of elements and the chemical evolution of the universe. Physics professor Michael Wiescher said the accelerator’s primary use … Read More »

Joliet Junior College students visit

On November 2, a group of Joliet Junior College (JJC) students visited Argonne National Laboratory for a presentation by Pressure/Energy Systems Engineer Dejan Ristic on the laboratory’s Sustainability Program and clean energy research. The JJC students are part of an ecology and environment … Read More »

Energy-Food-Water Dialogue conference lays groundwork for nation’s future strategies

Leaders from the research, government, industry and nonprofit sectors gathered at the University of California, Davis this week during the Energy-Food Water Dialogue conference to lay the  groundwork for a comprehensive roadmap that will position the nation to realize opportunities amid … Read More »

New nano trap protects environment

A new type of nanoscale molecular trap makes it possible for industry to store large amounts of hydrogen in small fuel cells or capture, compact and remove volatile radioactive gas from spent nuclear fuel in an affordable, easily commercialized way. … Read More »

Electric car range could triple with silicon-graphene breakthrough in lithium batteries

Lithium-ion battery research company, CalBattery, has announced a huge breakthrough in energy density that could in a few years give a 300% jump in battery energy density, that could triple electric car driving range. Energy density is the key measure … Read More »

‘Nanobowls’ to protect catalysts needed for better biofuel production

It may sound like a post-season football game for very tiny players, but the “nanobowl” has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with improving the way biofuels are produced. That’s the hope of a team of scientists … Read More »