A (Brief) History of Argonne National Labs

EonCoat was developed in Wilson, NC, on the heels of 20 years of research at Argonne National Laboratories (ANL), one of the Department of Energy’s oldest and largest laboratories.

Argonne developed the base cementious formulation known as Ceramicrete. When it was initially developed, Ceramicrete was not intended as a spray applied coating, it was designed to mix with and pour a solid, permanent encapsulation of low level waste streams.

Tony Collins, EonCoat’s CEO, purchased the commercial rights to Ceramicrete and after five years of additional research and testing in Wilson, EonCoat is finally available to paint and coating contractors. Since EonCoat’s history is so deeply ingrained with the research that was done at ANL, we thought it might be interesting to provide a brief history of Argonne National Labs.

Founded in 1942, ANL is located on a 1,500 acre wooded campus near the Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve. ANL’s mission is to “apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies”. In that role, ANL has excelled with three core areas of research:

  • Energy – Storage, alternative energy & nuclear energy.
  • Biological & Environmental Systems – Molecular research, climate analysis and research, etc.
  • National Security – Nuclear, chemical & cyber security technologies.

ANL has an impressive list of discoveries/breakthroughs including:

  • December 2, 1942 – World’s first sustained nuclear reaction
  • July 17, 1955 – Arco, Idaho becomes the first town to be powered by nuclear energy (power generated by Argonne’s BORAX III reactor)
  • September 7, 1962 – Argonne and British scientists publish the discovery of the hydrated electron
  • May 10, 1973 – First successful prototype section for a superconducting accelerator (particle accelerator)
  • March 22, 1982 – First dry scrubber to remove atmospheric pollutants from high-sulfur coal is invented.
  • Sept 17, 1993 – Argonne and Commonwealth Research announce the world’s most efficient superconducting magnet bearing.
  • May 18, 2001 – Argonne scientists and engineers set a world record for “most energetic beam of light from a fully operational, mirrorless free-electron laser”. (Translation: crazy cool laser)

ANL is known for too many discoveries to list them all here. To see a full time-line of ANL’s history and their major breakthroughs/accomplishments, visit the ANL Timeline Highlights.