Today at Berkeley Lab

A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

Researchers have created a sort of nanoscale display case that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples. Their work could help to reveal new structural details for a range of challenging molecules, such as complex chemical compounds and potentially new drugs, by stabilizing them inside metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). More>

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DOE to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Berkeley Lab is one of two teams receiving grants to develop sophisticated and user-friendly, open-source software that captures the essential physics of relevant systems and can be used by the broader research community and industry to accelerate the design of new functional materials. Steven Louie will lead the Lab team, using NERSC supercomputers. More>

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Fadley is Honorary Member of International Scientific Committee

Materials scientist Charles Fadley of the Materials Sciences Division has been elected as an honorary member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-Ray Physics Conferences. Fadley was recognized for contributions to the development of photoelectron spectroscopy, diffraction and holography worldwide.

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Startup Converts Exhaust Heat into Clean, Renewable Power

CEO Matt Scullin co-founded startup Alphabet Energy in 2009 with Peidong Yang, materials science and chemistry professor at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab. In a Berkeley Engineer magazine story, Alphabet was noted for “producing the most efficient thermoelectric devices ever made for waste-heat recovery.” More>

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Scientists Grow Atomically Thin Transistors and Circuits

In an advance that helps pave the way for next-generation electronics and computing technologies — and possibly paper-thin gadgets — researchers developed a way to chemically assemble transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick. Their method yields structures at a scale large enough to begin thinking about real-world applications and commercial scalability. More>

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New Cancer Treatments Come in Nano-Sized Packages

Brain tumors are protected by the brain-blood barrier — a series of defenses that protect the brain from toxic molecules, but also keep out cancer drugs that could kill the cancerous cells. To help cancer drugs access the tumor, the Lab’s Ting Xu is making tiny nanocarriers that protect the drugs during their journey to the tumor. More>

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Xiang Zhang to Step Down as Materials Sciences Division Director July 1

Xiang Zhang will step down as director of the Materials Sciences Division (MSD) on July 1 after serving two years in the position. He will continue his teaching and research efforts as a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a faculty member at UC Berkeley. Peter Fischer, the current deputy director of MSD, will serve as acting director of MSD effective July 1.

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Thermoelectrics: An Old, New Technology

About two-thirds of all energy produced is lost as heat. If thermoelectrics could recover five-percent of that, it could save millions of dollars. Alphabet Energy is producing the most efficient thermoelectric devices ever made for waste-heat recovery, using abundant, cheap and scalable materials. The company was co-founded in 2009 by Lab materials scientist Peidong Yang. More>

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Lanzara Profiled in Moore Foundation’s ‘Beyond the Lab’

Materials scientist Alessandra Lanzara is a Moore Foundation grantee working on a cutting-edge technique called angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, or ARPES. This experimental tool gives scientists a glimpse into the secret lives of electrons and atoms, and could one day allow us to alter their properties using just a flash of light. More>

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Alivisatos Receives National Medal From President Obama

Former Lab Director and materials scientist Paul Alivisatos attended a special White House ceremony on May 19 to receive the National Medal, the nation’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in science. More>

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