From left, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu talk with Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) Director George Crabtree (center right) and Deputy Director Jeff Chamberlain (right) prior to the announcement of the creation of a five-year energy storage initiative led by Argonne on Nov. 30, 2012, in Chicago. JCESR brings together the national labs, academia and industry to help address the nation's energy challenges.
Nanoscientist Tijana Rajh (far right) holds a strip of material created from titanium dioxide nanotubes. Her research team at Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials includes, from left, Hui Claire Xiong, Sanja Tepavcevic and Elena Shevchenko.
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This drawing depicts the historic event on Dec. 2, 1942, when a group of 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, created the world's first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction underneath the University of Chicago's Stagg Field football stadium. Some of those present would later found Argonne National Laboratory. Called Chicago Pile 1, the reactor was the first in a distinguished series of "Chicago Pile" reactors.
Nanoscientists at Argonne are working on a technique to attack brain cancer cells using these coin-shaped magnetic disks. Antibodies on the surface of the disks latch onto cancerous cells. Then, when a weak magnetic field is applied, the disks begin to oscillate, killing the cancer cells. The disks are just a single micron across – about 10 times smaller than the diameter of a single red blood cell. Though the technique is still in early stages of testing, it shows promise.