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    These unique glass chambers allow Argonne researchers to conduct controlled environment testing of lithium-oxygen batteries. Created by Argonne glassblower Joe Gregar, the chambers are modeled after cells being used by Professor Peter Bruce's research group at University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

    Argonne materials scientist Swati V. Pol loads an in-situ lithium-ion battery into the low-energy resolution inelastic X-ray (LERIX) system at the Advanced Photon Source. This multi-element X-ray scattering instrument is helping Argonne researchers to understand the fundamental mechanisms that limit the performance of batteries.

    Argonne's battery research is aimed at lowering the cost and increasing the lifetime and safety of high-power lithium-ion HEV batteries.

    The Chevrolet Volt's 16 kWh battery can be recharged using a 120V or 240V outlet. The car's lithium-ion battery is based on technology developed at Argonne.

    Argonne battery researchers (from left) Khalil Amine, Chris Johnson, Sun-Ho Kang and Mike Thackeray flank a continuously-stirred tank reactor used to produce scaled-up quantities of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Thackeray, Johnson, Amine and Jaekook Kim (not pictured) are co-inventors of a revolutionary cathode material used in the battery that powers GM's Chevrolet Volt.

    Chemist Xiaoping Wang measures the stability of a platinum cathode electrocatalyst.

    Center for Nanoscale Materials Division Director Amanda Petford-Long (right) leads a tour of the CNM for Idaho National Laboratory Director John Grossenbacher (middle) and INL Deputy Director David Hill on February 18, 2010.

    Jennifer Salazar is a Coordinating Writer and Editor in Argonne’s Computing, Environment and Life Sciences directorate. "I've found that our researchers want to share what excites them and communicate it to others in the wider research community or to the public, and this offers a great environment for a writer," she said.

    Nuclear engineer Laural Briggs reviews pressure distribution results from a 217-pin fuel assembly simulation. The simulation was computed by Argonne's Nek5000 large eddy simulation tool on the IBM Blue Gene/P Intrepid supercomputer.

    Pam Sydelko is the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Sciences and Engineering.

    Agronomist Cristina Negri collects poplar samples to measure the pollutants sucked from the earth.

    Argonne scientist Ira Bloom examines a metallographic sample using an optical microscope to determine its microstructure in the laboratory's Battery Post-Test Facility. This information helps researchers learn what chemical and physical changes have occurred during the aging of battery materials.

    Testing the Tesla at Argonne.

    Lithium-ion battery cells are prepped for testing at Argonne’s Electrochemical Analysis and Diagnostics Laboratory. With the lab’s state-of-the-art, custom-built equipment, simulations are performed to provide information on battery characteristics such as life cycle and calendar life.

    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.