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Analytis, Ginsberg Receive Sloan Fellowships

James Analytis of the Materials Sciences Division and Naomi Ginsberg of the Physical Biosciences Division are among 126 fellows named on Feb. 23. The fellowship provides $50,000 to further the research of early-career scientists and scholars. More>

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Algorithm Boosts Real-Time Numerical Simulations of Ultrafast Processes

Lin-Wang Wang of the Materials Sciences Division and visiting scholar Zhi Wang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm that makes it easier and less expensive to produce real-time numerical simulations of ultrafast physical phenomena, such as electrical charge transfer. More>

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MSD’s Alice Muller-Egan Gets Behind the Camera to Direct a Short Film

“Wall of Barbies” explores the relationship of two women, who have been friends since childhood, as their lives move in different directions. The movie includes quite a few Lab employees who played extras. Muller-Egan is hoping the film will debut during the Fall film festival season. More>

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Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

The Molecular Foundry’s Caroline Ajo-Franklin and Behzad Rad led a study that uncovered key details in the process by which bacterial proteins self-assemble into a protective coating, like chainmail armor. This process can be a model for the self-assembly of 2D and 3D nanostructures. More>

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Blue Current Promises Safe Lithium Batteries

Battery scientist Nitash Balsara has worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Now he believes he has found the answer in a most unlikely material—a class of compounds that has mainly been used for industrial lubrication. His startup is called Blue Current. More>

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New Design Tool for Metamaterials

Xiang Zhang of the Materials Sciences Division led a study showing that a nonlinear scattering theory can serve as a valuable tool in the design of metamaterials, artificial nanostructures engineered with electromagnetic properties not found in nature. Metamaterials hold promise for high-resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers. More>

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Materials Scientist Omar Yaghi Wins Faisal Prize for Science

The 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Science was awarded to Omar Yaghi of the Materials Sciences Division for his “seminal contributions in the field of metal organic frameworks (MOFs).” Yaghi is co-director of Kavli ENSI. More>

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Precision Growth of Light-Emitting Nanowires

A novel approach to growing nanowires promises a new means of control over their light-emitting and electronic properties. Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrated a new growth technique that uses specially engineered catalysts. These catalysts have given scientists more options than ever in turning the color of light-emitting nanowires. More>

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Material Science Division’s Cheng Hao Wu Wins Safety Hero Card Raffle

Cheng Hao Wu is one of two lucky winners in the most recent Hero Card raffle. His proactive approach to clearing a workbench was noticed by a colleague, who handed him a Hero Card for doing the right thing. In addition to a Hero Card “Thank You,” Chenghao received $50 for winning the raffle. More>

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Why Oxygen is Kryptonite to Titanium

Materials scientist Andrew Minor led a team that revealed the mechanism by which titanium becomes brittle with the addition of a few extra atoms of oxygen. This discovery could open the door to more practical, cost-effective uses of titanium, including the construction, automotive and aerospace industries. More>

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