Argonne's roots lie in nuclear energy R&D. Argonne-led research supports every main nuclear power system throughout the world. One of our most notable successes has been the development and transfer of the technologies in today's commercial nuclear reactors.
Today, we continue our work in support of current-generation reactor technology while conducting research and development aimed at closing the nuclear fuel cycle and enabling the production of the clean sustainable energy that will be needed for the future.
Argonne's scientific and technical diversity provides the full range of capabilities needed to meet this challenge. Working in diverse, multidisciplinary teams, we are using cutting-edge research and modeling/simulation tools to translate fundamental scientific understanding into innovative technologies.
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Argonne National Laboratory, located just outside of Chicago, is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest national laboratories for scientific and engineering research. Our over 1,250 scientists and engineers aim to solve the nation's most important challenges in energy, the environment and national security.
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Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013
For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine's annual survey. Argonne ranked fifth, moving up from sixth place last year, earning specific praise for its benefits and attention to personal and family life. More...
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Argonne National Laboratory is a leading R&D center that is working on technologies to provide the clean, sustainable and affordable energy that will be needed for U.S. energy security and related economic competitiveness.
We bring together the best minds in science, engineering, and modeling and simulation. We form teams to tackle complex scientific challenges, translating basic science into engineering solutions.
We build and operate large, one-of-a-kind user facilities.
We are at the forefront of energy research and development, and you can be part of it.
Nuclear Engineering Division
The mission of the Nuclear Engineering (NE) Division is to advance the design and operation of nuclear energy systems and to apply our nuclear energy-related expertise to current and emerging programs related to advanced reactor systems and national security and non-proliferation. Currently, we are involved in several programs of national and international importance, including
Gen IV nuclear systems analysis, including development of advanced fast reactor systems for actinide management,
Advanced fuel cycle and repository performance modeling,
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) design and safety analyses,
Nonproliferation and National security programs to support materials safeguards
and export controls in Russia, the Newly Independent States (NIS), and elsewhere throughout the
Division personnel additionally contribute to improving the operation of existing nuclear energy systems and to resolving issues related to their performance and safety. We have a key role in advancing major Laboratory initiatives in such diverse areas as transportation, hydrogen generation and computational science. Finally, we contribute engineering expertise to the design, operation and decommissioning of major facilities at Argonne and elsewhere.
The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division is a diverse early-stage engineering organization specializing in the treatment of spent nuclear fuel, development of advanced electrochemical power sources, and management of both high- and low-level nuclear wastes. Additionally, the Division operates the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, which provides a broad range of analytical services to Argonne and other organizations, and the Electrochemical Analysis and Diagnostics Laboratory, which provides independent, standardized battery and fuel cell testing and analysis. Currently, we are engaged in the development of several technologies of national importance, including
Aqueous and pyrochemical processes for the disposition of spent nuclear fuel,
Stable nuclear waste forms suitable for storage in a geological repository,
Fuel cells and hydrogen production and storage for polymer electrolyte and solid oxide fuel cell systems, and
Advanced lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries for transportation and other applications.
Our basic science programs are engaged in research projects such as catalysis and superconductivity that have the potential to impact future energy systems. In our national security programs, nanoscale engineering is enabling us to develop technology to detoxify humans following radiological, biological, or chemical exposure, and nondestructively decontaminate structures such as buildings and monuments in the event of a terrorist attack with a “dirty bomb” or other radioactive dispersal device. Our work is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy, but we also do work for and with other government agencies, universities, and industrial firms. In the course of our work we generate valuable intellectual property that is available for licensing.