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Jung Woo “Ted” Seo accelerates lithium ion battery performance for extreme conditions

Jung Woo “Ted” Seo accelerates lithium ion battery performance for extreme conditions

Jung Woo “Ted” Seo (BS ’09, PhD ’16), postdoctoral researcher in the Hersam Research Group at Northwestern University, is bridging laboratory research and industry scale work as a part of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program of the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Seo’s focus is the development of a graphene based conformal coating that provides a chemical layer of protection for electrode particles that also facilitate fast charge transport in a lithium ion battery.

Microbial diversity and biomarker analysis of modern freshwater microbialites from Laguna Bacalar, Mexico

Microbial diversity and biomarker analysis of modern freshwater microbialites from Laguna Bacalar, Mexico

Microbialites are layered deposits of minerals and organic matter that can be preserved in sedimentary rocks over billions of years, providing some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth. These formations still exist today in some aquatic environments like Laguna Bacalar on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, where a team of researchers from Northwestern and Argonne sampled living microbialites to better understand the mechanisms of their formation. Lead by Prof. Magdalena Osburn of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, this group recently published an article in the journal Geobiology detailing their finding that microbialites in Laguna Bacalar are not dominated by cyanobacteria as was previously thought, but a diverse community containing many hundreds of microbial taxa.

NAISE Fellow Publishes Advancement in Protein Therapy in Nature Chemical Biology

NAISE Fellow Publishes Advancement in Protein Therapy in Nature Chemical Biology

NAISE fellow Michael Jewett and co-author Milan Mrksich and their research groups published an account of their combining technologies to develop a new biotech technique that promises to accelerate research into protein therapies that could one day become the next defense against antibiotic-resistant supergerms or the next new drug. The paper is in Nature Chemical Biology.

Undergraduate Research Blog

Undergraduate Research Blog

Every summer, NAISE supports undergraduate researchers to spend the summer working in a research group at Argonne. The students maintain a blog describing their work. We look forward to the 2018 cohort’s upcoming contributions to this blog!