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Lab Scientists Receive Lawrence Awards

David Schlegel, Peidong Yang, Carolyn Bertozzi and Jizhong Zhou, who are all affiliated with Berkeley Lab, were among nine scientists named by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as recipients of the 2015 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, DOE’s highest scientific honor. Awardees will receive a medal and a $20,000 honorarium. More>

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Defects Can ‘Hulk-Up’ Materials

A study led by materials scientist Junqiao Wu shows that just as exposure to gamma radiation transforms Bruce Banner into the Hulk, exposure to alpha-particle radiation can transform thermoelectric materials into far more powerful versions of themselves. More>

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CLAIRE Brings Electron Microscopy to Soft Materials

Naomi Ginsberg of Materials Sciences, Physical Biosciences, aand Kavli-ENSI led the development of a technique called “CLAIRE,” that extends the incredible resolution of electron microscopy to the non-invasive nanoscale imaging of soft matter. More>

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Channeling Valleytronics in Graphene

Materials scientist Feng Wang led a study at the ALS in which topologically protected 1D electron conducting channels at the domain walls of bilayer graphene were discovered. This could aid valleytronics, a new approach to quantum computing based on the coding of data in the motion of electrons as they speed through a conductor. More>

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Cal-BRAIN Selects 16 Projects for Seed Grants

The Cal-BRAIN program, which aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain, has awarded $120,000 to 16 projects. Cal-BRAIN is led jointly by UC San Diego and Berkeley Lab. Among the recipients is Bruce Cohen of the Materials Sciences Division, whose project will look at nano-optogenetic control of neuronal firing with targeted nanocrystals. More>

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Major Artificial Photosynthesis Advance Poses Environmental Win/Win

Peidong Yang, Christopher Chang, and Michelle Chang led a potentially game-changing breakthrough. By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, they created a solar-powered system in which valuable chemical products can be produced from sequestered carbon dioxide. More>

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On the Road to Spin-Orbitronics

Materials scientists Gong Chen and Andreas Schmid have found a new way of manipulating the walls that define magnetic domains — used for e-mail, posting images, and downloading videos or music — and the results could one day revolutionize the electronics industry. More>

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Lab Hosts Albany High Students for Shadow Day 2015

Volunteers from Public Affairs, Engineering, Computing, Materials Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Facilities, mentored 17 students last Thursday, explaining their jobs, how they arrived at the Lab, education and experience that lead them to the job, and career opportunities at the Lab. More>

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Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes Revealed

ALS researchers have now made a first-ever observation of the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions. This marks the first time that the scientific community has been able to achieve such high sensitivity in an in-situ environment under working electrode conditions. More>

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Research Shows Why Skin is Resistant to Tearing

Materials scientist Rob Ritchie led a Berkeley Lab and UC San Diego team at the Advanced Light Source that recorded the first direct observations of the micro-scale mechanisms behind the ability of skin to resist tearing. The results could aid the improvement of artificial skin, or the development of thin film polymers for flexible electronics. More>

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