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Nov. 8 Pat Durbin/Burris Cunningham Lecture Features Ken Raymond

Ken Raymond of the Chemical Sciences Division will discuss “Metal Ion Specific Complexing Agents” at the Pat Durbin and Burris Cunningham Memorial Lecture on Nov. 8 in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m. The lecture series, hosted by the Glenn T. Seaborg Center, honors the seminal work of Pat Durbin and Burris Cunningham.

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Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use. More>

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Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

In a big step toward sun-powered fuel production, scientists at Berkeley Lab have used artificial photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons at efficiencies greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel. More>

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Scientists Developing Innovative Techniques for High-Resolution Analysis of Hybrid Materials

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a new method of analyzing the molecular-scale structure of organo-lead halide perovskites, a promising class of materials that could energize the solar cell industry. They combined advanced X-ray spectroscopy measurements with calculations based on fundamental, “first principles” theory to obtain an atomic-scale view of the material. More>

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Five Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Lab recipients include Nick Bouskill, Charlie Koven, and Neslihan Taş Baas of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Qiang Du of Engineering, and Mariam Kiran of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Additionally, Lin Lin of the Computational Research Division and Eric Neuscamman of the Chemical Sciences Division received Early Career awards through UC Berkeley. More>

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Discovery Enables PET Scans to See More, Broadens Insight on Catalysts

Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development. The chemical mechanism, discovered by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists, could also broaden our understanding of basic chemical reaction processes involving common helpers, called catalysts, like copper and gold. More>

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Copper Helps Reactions ‘Click’ Into Place

“Click” reactions are widely used to easily create strong chemical links between various substances, including molecules, polymers, materials and even proteins, without the formation of by-products. Lab scientists have now elucidated a long-sought mechanism for this versatile chemical method, involving the cooperative behavior of two copper centers. More>

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How Berkelium Stands Out in a Heavy Metal Crowd

Researchers have found that among the heavy metal elements, berkelium has an unusual characteristic that could potentially be used to distinguish it from other radioactive actinides. The discovery was led by Rebecca Abergel of the Chemical Sciences Division. More>

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Coming to a Lab Bench Near You: Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

Lab researchers have, for the first time, captured the ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a chemical reaction using ultrafast, tabletop X-ray spectroscopy. The researchers used femtosecond pulses of X-ray light to catch the unraveling of a ring molecule that is important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes. More>

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Abergel Receives Rising Star Award From American Chemical Society

Chemical scientist Rebecca Abergel is among six winners of the award, which recognizes “outstanding women scientists approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.” The award is presented by the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist Committee.

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