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Deputy Energy Secretary Poneman Visits the Center for Nanoscale Materials

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois visits the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory Senator Dick Durbin and Eric Isaacs at Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman speaks with Amanda Petford-Long, Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, center, visits the CNM/APS Hard X-ray Nanoprobe beamline. (Pictured left to right: Associate Laboratory Director Stephen Streiffer, CNM Group Leadedr Jorg Maser, Daniel Poneman, and Argonne Laboratory Director Eric Isaacs.)

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman spoke at Argonne National Laboratory on August 18, 2010, on the future of energy in a time of serious budgetary constraints. Poneman described Argonne as a "national treasure" and the "jewel" of the national laboratory system. He also placed a focus on pursuing challenging and adventurous science and technology research, which he believes leads to a more prosperous future for all.

The deputy also focused on the need for good working relationships with private industry. The effort to transfer technology from the research and development stage to the production phase to the consumer is crucial. Partnerships exist with global players such as Mazdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This city is an effort at the first carbon-neutral city of the future, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is part of this model test city.

Poneman wrapped up his talk by focusing on the challenges ahead and getting the word out to the public that innovative science and technology is needed. Too often the message does not reach the public on how science and technology research can benefit everyone's life. Poneman said that this is an area where improvement needs to be made, along with department transparency on budgetary spending.

Poneman then toured various facilities at Argonne including the Center for Nanoscale Materials and the hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline that it manages jointly with the Advanced Photon Source. CNM Division Director Amanda Petford-Long detailed research in the areas of, among others, nanocatalysis, nanofabrication, and nanomaterials for areas such as solar energy.

August 2010

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