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Company Overview of Argonne National Laboratory

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Argonne National Laboratory conducts research in basic science, energy resources, and environmental management. The organization pursues research and development programs in nuclear waste management, spent fuel management, reactor systems, plant life extension, nuclear non-proliferation, isotope production, nuclear regulatory support, space nuclear applications, next generation nuclear plant concepts, and industrial support programs. Argonne National Laboratory was founded in 1946 and is based in Argonne, Illinois. Argonne National Laboratory is operated by the University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy.

9700 South Cass Avenue

Argonne, IL 60439-4844

United States

Founded in 1946

Phone:

630-252-2000

Fax:

630-252-3379

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Argonne National Laboratory Key Developments

Argonne National Laboratory Announces New Licensing Agreement with AKHAN Semiconductor

Argonne National Laboratory has announced a new intellectual property licensing agreement with AKHAN Semiconductor, continuing a productive public-private partnership that will bring diamond-based semiconductor technologies to market. The agreement gives AKHAN exclusive rights to a suite of breakthrough diamond-based semiconductor inventions developed by nanoscientist Ani Sumant of Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. With the licensing agreement, AKHAN will be able to exclusively expand the capabilities of the diamond semiconductor platform, allowing for improved performance and thermal efficiency of existing silicon-based devices. The agreement will enable and define the future of semiconductors through incorporation with other next-generation high-performance materials such as graphene, sapphire and quartz. The licensed patent portfolio covers critical semiconductor processes such as deposition, which is the process of growing a layer of polycrystalline diamond on a semiconductor wafer, as well as doping, which refers to the process of intentionally introducing impurities into an extremely pure semiconductor in order to modulate its electrical properties. The portfolio also covers the formation of circuit elements such as transistors, capacitors and resistors, which are then connected to form complex circuits, such as logic devices and microelectromechanical systems. Finally, the patents include the integration of electronic circuits that are built on a single semiconductor base material or single chip.

Argonne National Laboratory Announces New Research Center for Integrated Resiliency Analyses

Argonne National Laboratory announced that it is forming a new research center to enhance resiliency for major disruptive events, such as natural disasters and climate change, called the Center for Integrated Resiliency Analyses (CIRA). Resiliency refers to the ability of a community or region to anticipate, respond to and recover from either natural or man-made events. Resiliency involves linked contributions from all of the aspects that make up a community-physical infrastructure, socioeconomic elements and environmental factors: hence the integrated focus of the center. The new center will draw together expertise from across the lab to develop planning tools for local and federal decision makers to reduce vulnerabilities in physical and social infrastructures, as well as develop mitigation and recovery plans that can speed recovery times after events. It will also focus on developing plans to improve the resiliency of energy infrastructures, especially as more officials begin to plan for effects of climate change on their regions. The new center will be led by Argonne researcher John Hummel, a modeling and simulation expert focusing on national security analyses, such as climate and environmental impacts on national security.

Argonne National Laboratory Announces Directorate Changes

Peter B. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected to serve as Argonne's 13th director. Littlewood becomes director at a time of significant growth and momentum for Argonne, marked by transformational scientific discoveries and a key role in the region's expanding innovation ecosystem. Landmark projects are underway in fields such as high-performance computing and energy storage, even as the laboratory builds next-generation facilities. Littlewood will succeed Eric D. Isaacs, who is leaving Argonne to become the Provost at the University of Chicago on March 31, 2014.

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