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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
Lab chemist, Rebecca Abergel, answers a question from Oakland resident Yelena on how a pill can treat exposure to radiation.
Gill served as the deputy director for operations for the Chemical Sciences Division before her retirement in 2013, after 15 years with the Lab. She passed away on Nov. 7 while traveling with friends in Taiwan. Go here to read a remembrance written by her CSD colleagues.
The Burris Cunningham Memorial Lecture will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Speaker Norman Edelstein will discuss “My Fifty Years in Actinide Chemistry at Berkeley, from UCRL to LBNL.” The lecture honors the late Burris Cunningham (pictured), famed for isolating a visible quantity of a synthetic chemical element. More>
Rich Saykally of the Chemical Sciences Division, along with David Prendergast of the Molecular Foundry, led a study that provided valuable new insight into aqueous carbonic acid with important implications for both geological and biological concerns. Carbonic acid is critical to both the health of the atmosphere and human body. More>