Chemical Sciences’ Jeffrey Long helps turn ethane into liquid ethanol. More>
Finalists were selected from a field of 300 nominees, all faculty-rank researchers aged 42 or younger from leading U.S. academic and research institutions. More>
The fifth annual Pat Durbin Memorial Lecture will be held today at 4 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The lecture honors the late Patricia Durbin (pictured), best known for her seminal work in medical aspects of radiation protection. The Glenn T. Seaborg Center of the Chemical Sciences Division will host refreshments at 3:30 p.m., followed by a lecture on “EGFR Targeting of Radiosensitizing nanoparticles for Cancer Therapy” presented by Gayle Woloschak of the Radiation Oncology Department at Northwestern University.
Four Berkeley Lab scientists are among the 35 researchers selected by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program. Lab awardees include (clockwise) the Chemical Sciences Division’s Rebecca Abergel, the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division’s Daniele Filippetto, the Material Sciences Division’s Alexander Weber‐Bargioni, and the Life Sciences Division’s Trent Northen. The effort, now in its fifth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. More>
Berkeley Lab chemical scientist and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Bergman is the 2014 recipient of the Welch Award in Chemical Research for “pioneering work in alkane activation and mechanisms of organometallic reactions.” The Welch Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest and largest sources of private funding for basic research in chemistry. The foundation also cited Bergman’s vital contributions to the understanding of organometallic chemistry and particularly carbon-hydrogen bond activation and its application to drug development and cleaner energy. More>
Rebecca Abergel of the Chemical Sciences Division was named one of the top 10 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review, French edition. Abergel, who heads the Bioactinide Group, is leading development of a pill to decontaminate people in the event of radiation exposure, such as after a “dirty bomb” attack or an accident at a nuclear power plant. The nominations were open to both French citizens and foreigners residing in France. The winners of the regional competitions automatically become candidates for the global list of top 35 innovators under 35. Go here for more (article is in French).
Elad Gross (right), of the Chemical Sciences Division, working at the Advanced Light Source with Dean Toste (left) and Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute member Gabor Somorjai, demonstrated the first technique that allows the catalytic reactivity inside a microreactor to be mapped in high resolution from start-to-finish. Through a combination of in situ infrared micro-spectroscopy and in situ x-ray absorption microspectroscopy, the technique provides a better understanding of the chemistry behind the catalytic reactions and may reveal opportunities for optimizing catalytic performances. This holds promise for more effective and efficient synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs and other flow reactor products. Also working on this study were Xing-Zhong Shu, Selim Alayoglu, Hans Bechtel and Michael Martin. More>
Like the radar guns police use to determine car speed, UC Berkeley professor and Berkeley Lab guest Holger Müller also exploits the physical properties of waves, albeit different ones, in order to measure speeds in the tiny world of atomic physics. His research group is interested in testing and refining modern theories of gravity and quantum mechanics, and in pioneering new experimental techniques to do so. Like our law enforcers, these researchers cannot glance at the speedometers of, say, cesium atoms. Instead, they expand the limits of precision measurement using a family of techniques known as atom interferometry. More>
Postdoctoral work seven years ago has led to a research project that brings together Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, Clemson University and UC Berkeley. The project seeks to gain a better understanding of transuranic elements and how they will behave in response to different environmental factors. The results could help inform decision makers about how best to store used nuclear fuel. The idea for the research was hatched seven years ago, while Brian Powell of Clemson (pictured) was working for now collaborator, Linfeng Rao of Berkeley Lab, who is an expert in actinide thermodynamic studies and calorimetry measurements. More>
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named its 2013 fellows, and three Berkeley Lab researchers are among the recipients. The awardees include Stephen Cramer (left) of the Physical Biosciences Division, Norman Edelstein (center) of the Chemical Sciences Division, and retiree Glen Lambertson of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. Former Berkeley Lab earth scientist Terry Hazen (now at Oakridge Lab) was also included. More>