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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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Swiss Army Knife for Proteins: Major Advance in Manipulation of Biomolecules

Lab chemists have developed a powerful new method of selectively linking chemicals to proteins, a major advance in the manipulation of biomolecules that could transform the way drugs are developed, proteins are probed, and molecules are tracked and imaged. This technique, called ReACT, is akin to a chemical Swiss army knife for proteins. More>

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Study Pinpoints Most Active Areas of Reactions on Nanoscale Particles

Defects and jagged surfaces at the edges of nanosized platinum and gold particles are key hot spots for chemical reactivity, researchers confirmed using a unique infrared probe at Berkeley Lab. The findings could help scientists customize the structural properties of catalysts to make them more effective in fostering chemical reactions. More>

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Berkeley Innovators Named Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

The Lab’s Paul Alivisatos, Amy Herr, and Enrique Iglesia were among 175 inductees. Election is a “distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.” More>

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NSF Director Speaks at Dec. 5 ‘10 Big Ideas for Future Investment’ Event

Employees are invited to attend a special “Science Leadership and Management” (SLAM) seminar featuring astrophysicist France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation. The seminar will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in 106 Stanley with pre-seminar coffee and cookies.

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Nov. 2 Burris Cunningham Lecture Features David Dixon

The Glenn T. Seaborg Center will host a reception, Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. lecture in the Building 50 Auditorium. Speaker David Dixon will discuss “Computational Studies of Actinide Hydrolysis and High Oxidation States.” Cunningham is famed for isolating a visible quantity of a synthetic chemical element. More>

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Lab’s Abergel Receives ACS Rising Star Award for Women Scientists

The award, sponsored by the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society, was established to help promote retention of women in science. Chemical scientist Rebecca Abergel is among the 2017 recipients. Watch Abergel explain creating a pill to treat radiation exposure at a 2014 Science at the Theater event.

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