Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer some of the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting U.S. citizens and the environment. Ever since it emerged from the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, Argonne’s goal has been to make an impact — from the atomic to the human to the global scale.
Argonne works in concert with academic institutions, industries and other national laboratories on questions and experiments that are too large for any one institution to do by itself. Through collaborations here and around the world, Argonne researchers strive to discover new ways to develop energy innovations through science, create novel materials molecule by molecule, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet, our climate and the cosmos. Argonne plays a key role in the United State’s innovation ecosystem.
Argonne brings world-class scientists and engineers together with its own staff and the most sophisticated scientific facilities to solve problems that are too large for any one institution to take on by itself. These collaborations take on critical challenges in areas ranging from developing new materials and energy technology concepts to meeting human needs for clean water and disease prevention to unlocking the basic secrets of the universe.
Surrounded by the highest concentration of top-tier research organizations in the world, Argonne leverages its Chicago-area location to lead discovery and to power innovation in a wide range of core scientific capabilities, from high-energy physics and materials science to biology and advanced computer science.