Scientists and engineers at IARC work side by side with industrial partners to research and develop breakthroughs in accelerator science and technology and translate them into applications for the nation’s health, wealth and security.

The mission of IARC, which is part of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, is to advance technologies developed by Fermilab towards commercialization and, with industry partners, help create products and services that improve the health, wealth and security of the nation.

Located on the Fermilab campus, this 83,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building houses offices, technical and educational space to study cutting-edge accelerator technologies. In addition to attracting new private industry partners that will create new high-tech jobs, the center also collaborates with local universities and serves as a training facility for a new generation of scientists, engineers and technical staff in accelerator technology. These partnerships make critical contributions to the technological and economic health of Illinois and place the state in a position to become the world leader in accelerator research, development and industrialization.

Featured Items

Fermilab hosts the Medical Device Sterilization Workshop 2023: Past, Present, and Future

This annual workshop was held both in-person at IARC and online on Sept. 20-21. More than 200 participants attended. See videos of presentations.

Fermilab engages in cross-lab entrepreneurial SPIN program

An entrepreneurial way of thinking goes beyond commercialization. It is a mindset that helps drive new processes, build more effective teams and enable partnerships. Twenty-one staff members from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator, Argonne National, Princeton Plasma Physics and Ames National Laboratories recently took part in the second cohort of the Strategic Programs for Innovation at the National Labs, or SPIN Program, developed by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Over 12 weeks, the cohort members with a variety of roles learned to think like entrepreneurs with the goal of increasing innovation at their labs. Read full article.

Featured Applications

Compact SRF e-beam accelerator

This novel accelerator technology developed at Fermilab holds a number of advantages over conventional technologies. This innovation will provide solutions for commercial needs that either have had little success or are excessively costly.

Water treatment via e-beam

Reliable, cost-effective electron accelerators could be used to sterilize municipal sludge and waste water while simultaneously destroying harmful pathogens, pharmaceuticals and organic contaminants.