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Graphene-Based Catalyst Improves Peroxide Production

Hydrogen peroxide does more than lighten hair color and remove stains. It’s an important commodity chemical with a growing demand in many areas, including the electronics industry, paper recycling, and wastewater treatment. Researchers have used the Advanced Light Source to characterize a carbon-based material that makes the production of hydrogen peroxide more selective, efficient, and cost effective. More>

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Teresa Head-Gordon Named ACS Fellow

The American Chemical Society has named Teresa Head-Gordon – a faculty staff scientist in the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley – as an ACS Fellow for 2018. The new ACS Fellows will be honored at the ACS national meeting in Boston this August. More>

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Splitting Water: Nanoscale Imaging Yields Key Insights

Researchers Johanna Eichhorn and Francesca Toma of Chemical Sciences, working with scientists at the Molecular Foundry, have pioneered a technique that uses nanoscale imaging to understand how local, nanoscale properties can affect a material’s macroscopic performance, allowing them to map the current at every point of a photoelectrochemical material for use in an artificial photosynthesis system. More>

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Berkeley Chemists Win Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

The award winners include Christopher Chang, John Hartwig, Daniel Neumark, and Dean Toste, all with the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, and who hold joint appointments at UC Berkeley. The Royal Society of Chemistry chooses award winners for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education. More>

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Researchers Elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

James Demmel of the Computational Research Division, and Dean Toste and Birgitta Whaley of the Chemical Sciences Division, have been elected as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Peter Agbo Looks to Nature for Better Fuels

Just three years after joining Berkeley Lab as a postdoc, Peter Agbo — a researcher with the Chemical Sciences Division and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) — is entering the next stage of his young career. He is leading a team in the design of inorganic catalysts modeled after natural enzymes to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into fuels. More>

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Sleuthing for Possible Path to Formation of Life’s Building Blocks in Space

Scientists have used experiments at Berkeley Lab to retrace the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space. They showed pathways to forming 2-D, carbon-based nanostructures in a mix of heated gases. More>

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How Carolin Sutter-Fella Turned ‘Major’ Change Into a Successful Science Career

Carolin Sutter-Fella once counted on a future in business and economics. But while completing a certification program in banking, she realized that field wasn’t for her. She liked math, however, so switched her major to physics. Today, as an Early Career Laboratory-Directed Research and Development awardee, she’s seeking a better way to synthesize semiconductors. More>

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Studying Gas Mask Filters So People Can Breathe Easier

How do gas masks work? Berkeley Lab scientists are using X-rays to study how gas masks developed during World War I are able to handle modern chemical warfare agents. What they learn could eventually lead to more advanced gas masks for both military and civilian use. More>

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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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