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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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In Memoriam: CSD Retiree Angela Gill-Johnson (1947-2014)

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.

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Nov. 5 Burris Cunningham Lecture Features Norman Edelstein

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>

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New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

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>

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Chemical Sciences Division’s Don Tilley Named ACS Fellow

Tilley, a senior faculty chemist, was named by the American Chemical Society to the 2014 class of ACS Fellows. Tilley, an expert on inorganic and organometallic systems, was recognized for “discoveries of new transformations and compounds involving main group elements and the transition metals.” More>

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Quantum Vortices Inside Superfluid Helium Nanodroplets Mapped

Scientists have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The research confirms that helium nanodroplets are in fact the smallest possible superfluidic objects and opens new avenues for studying quantum rotation. More>

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Of Metal Heads and Imaging

Lab researchers are developing molecular imaging probes and techniques to study metals in the brain that have been linked to disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. More>

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