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Major Artificial Photosynthesis Advance Poses Environmental Win/Win

Peidong Yang, Christopher Chang, and Michelle Chang led a potentially game-changing breakthrough. By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, they created a solar-powered system in which valuable chemical products can be produced from sequestered carbon dioxide. More>

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Lab to Host April 10 Symposium on Radiological Resilience

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss topics related to the current needs for increasing societal resilience to radiological and other events. The symposium will include speakers from research and academic institutions as well as community representatives from Japan and California. Registration required. More>

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Durbin Lecture on Medical Response to Nuclear or Radiological Incident

C. Norman Coleman of the National Institutes of Health will present the next Pat Durbin Memorial Lecture on April 1, at 4 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss ““Preparing and Responding To the Health and Medical Consequences of a Nuclear or Radiological Incident: The Essential Roles for Science, Complex Systems and Service.” More>

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The Cosmic Barbecue and the Science of Combustion

During combustion, simple carbon compounds grow into complex lattices. A popular model describing that growth process has now passed its first experimental test. Berkeley Lab’s Musa Ahmed and Tyler Troy write about it in Physics Today. More>

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Q&A With Joy Leggett: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM

In honor of Black History Month, Chemical Sciences postdoc Joy (Christina) Leggett shares her professional background, personal experiences, and perspective on engaging underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. More>

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Scientists Set Quantum Speed Limit

Researchers, including Berkeley Lab chemical scientist K. Birgitta Whaley, have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a “quantum speed limit” on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching. More>

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Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

Rich Saykally, David Prendergast, and Steve Harris, conducted the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries. The results show a pathway forward to improving lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and large-scale electrical energy storage. More>

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A Better Look at the Chemistry of Interfaces

Materials scientist Chuck Fadley and chemical scientist Hendrik Bluhm developed a new X-ray spectroscopy technique called SWAPPS. This new technique provides sub-nanometer resolution of every chemical element found at heterogeneous interfaces, such as those in batteries, fuel cells and other devices. More>

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Copper on the Brain at Rest

Chemical scientist Chris Chang led a study that shows proper copper levels are essential to the health of the brain. Copper mismanagement linked to Wilson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders can also contribute to misregulation of signaling in cell−to-cell communications and prevent the normal development of synapses and circuits. More>

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‘AskBerkeleyLab’ Question on Treating Radiation Exposure Answered

Lab chemist, Rebecca Abergel, answers a question from Oakland resident Yelena on how a pill can treat exposure to radiation.

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