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Versatile electrochemical reduction of CO₂ by varying the size of tin catalysts

In a Journal of the American Chemical Society paper, researchers demonstrated versatile electrochemical reduction of CO2 by varying the size of tin catalysts.

Scientists find new way to enhance durability of lithium batteries

Discovery improves upon current batteries found in many of today’s electric cars.

Recycling carbon dioxide into household chemicals

A low-cost, tin-based catalyst can selectively convert carbon dioxide to three widely produced chemicals — ethanol, acetic acid and formic acid.

Coating for Ni-rich oxide cathode yields fast charging and long-term cycling

In a paper in Nature Energy, researchers report an epitaxial entropy-assisted coating for Ni-rich cathodes that can withstand rapid charging and yield prolonged battery life.

Scientists pioneer new X-ray microscopy method for data analysis “on the fly”

Streaming technique allows playback of data while it is being generated.

New code mines microscopy images in scientific articles

Pioneering software EXSCLAIM! unlocks new possibilities for the development and testing of deep learning algorithms.

Observation of metastable precipitation in liquid-liquid extraction processes

In a PNAS paper, researchers provide a deeper understanding of how precipitation may occur during liquid–liquid extraction to separate critical elements, process nuclear waste, and remediate the environment.

Preventing performance decline in Li-ion cells with ether electrolyte

In a PNAS paper, researchers introduces a novel ether electrolyte, 1M LiBF4 plus 1,2-dimethoxyethane, that enables graphite anodes with remarkable capacity retention and cycling stability.

2D ionic liquid behavior of charged rare-earth clusters on a metal surface

In an Advanced Science paper, researchers used scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate the structural and electronic properties of 2D rare-earth clusters on a one-cluster-at-a-time basis.

Unexpected electronic properties revealed in the dichalcogenide, tantalum disulfide (1T-TaS₂)

In a Physical Review B paper, researchers address ongoing debate surrounding the electronic properties of tantalum disulfide by employing resonant inelastic X-ray spectroscopy combined with first-principles calculations.

Decision trees plus AI equal discovery of boron metastable phases

In an APL Machine Learning paper, researchers employed an algorithm with reinforcement learning and decision trees to search the configurational-compositional space of boron structures.

Argonne hosts See Yourself in STEAM event for students from groups underrepresented in STEM

Forty 10th- and 11th-grade students from Chicago Public Schools recently visited Argonne for the U/STEAM event.