Posts Tagged ‘Chemical Sciences Division’

Chemical Scientist Rebecca Abergel Named Top 10 Innovator Under 35

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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).

Tracking Catalysis in Microreactors

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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>

‘Radar Gun’ Measures Speeds in Tiny World of Atomic Physics

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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>

Collaboration with Clemson and Cal to Aid in Nuclear Fuel Storage Decisions

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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>

Three Lab Researchers Named AAAS Fellows

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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>

In Water as In Love, Likes Can Attract

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Rich Saykally of the Chemical Sciences Division and David Pendergrast of the Molecular Foundry, working at the Advanced Light Source, have shown that in water as in love, likes can attract. Using a combination of X-ray spectroscopy, liquid microjets and first principles’ theory, and backed by the computational resources of NERSC, Saykally and Pendergrast demonstrated that, when hydrated in water, positively charged ions can actually pair up with one another. These results, obtained at ALS Beamline 8.0.1, may represent a new paradigm for aqueous solutions in which like charges attract. Also working on this study were Orion Shih, Alice England, Gregory Dallinger, Jacob Smith, Kaitlin Duffey and Ronald Cohen. More>

Chemical Scientist John Hartwig Profiled as Part of American Chemical Society Video Series

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Chris Jones, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis, meets with Berkeley Lab chemical scientist John Hartwig, winner of the 2013 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science. Hartwig discusses the award and his career and achievements in catalysis research.

Four Lab Scientists Win ACS National Awards for 2014

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, annually administers national awards to encourage the advancement of chemical research. Four Lab scientists have been recognized for awards in 2014: Lab director Paul Alivisatos won the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, Robert Bergman (Chemical Sciences) the George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry, Don Tilley (Chemical Sciences) the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, and Evan Williams (Earth Sciences) the Frank H. Field & Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry. All of these recipients will be honored at the awards ceremony in conjunction with the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas in March.

Helmut Schwarz Presents on Methane Activation Thursday

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The Glenn T. Seaborg Center of the Chemical Sciences Division will host Helmut Schwarz, professor of chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin and president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, this Thursday. Schwarz will give a presentation, “Methane Activation: Fundamental Aspects and Concepts Rather than Recipes,” at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Schwarz has pioneered state-of-the-art gas-phase experiments in conjunction with electronic structure calculations to identify elementary reactions at a molecular level, unraveling detailed mechanistic features. All are welcome to attend.

Lab Expertise Highlighted in Range of Recent Media Stories

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Lab’s world-renowned researchers are sought out by the media for their expertise on a variety of topics. Recently, earth scientist Ernest Majer (left) was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News on the link between geothermal energy and earthquakes, chemical scientist David Shuh (center) participated in a Public Radio International (PRI) piece on the use of rare earth element dysprosium — recently discovered in Alaska — in hybrid cars, and materials scientists Uli Dahmen was included in a Nature story on the noise barrier that may limit increased resolution for electron microscopes. Send e-mail here to receive weekly updates on media placements, or to apprise Public Affairs of media coverage of your research.