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Gabor Somorjai Wins ACS Richards Medal

Gabor Somorjai of the Materials Sciences Division is the recipient of the 2016 Theodore William Richards Medal. The award by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) is given for “conspicuous achievements in chemistry.” Somorjai received the award, the oldest and most prestigious of NESACS, at the society’s recent meeting at Harvard University. More>

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Yablonovitch Receives Cherry Award for Solar Cell Research

Eli Yablonovitch of the Materials Sciences Division has received the William R. Cherry Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was recognized for “contributions in research, engineering and entrepreneurship to realize photovoltaic technologies capturing the “ins and outs” of photons and application of these technologies in silicon and III-V solar cells.” More>

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Sweating it Out for Science

Sweating it out on a treadmill, or racing to finish a half-marathon, a runner might risk a potentially dangerous buildup of electrolytes in their blood. In a campus lab that’s been converted into a high-tech mini-fitness center, researchers led by Lab materials scientist Ali Javey can now trace these metabolic changes second by second in a substance any good workout produces…sweat. More>

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‘Editing’ New Metamaterials Brings Light Into Focus

Materials scientist Jie Yao has developed a technique to readily change the structure of thin sheets of “metamaterials” so that they can focus light in an entirely new way, allowing smart phones to be both thin and take high-quality photographs. More>

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A Chain Reaction to Spare the Air

Last year, materials scientist Jeff Long devised a new material that captures and releases CO2 at a lower temperature and in greater volume than current technologies. He’s now working to synthesize the new material at a large scale, to render it into pellet form, and confirm its increased CO2 capture performance under realistic conditions. More>

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Three Lab Researchers Named to National Academy of Engineering

Robert Budnitz of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, Gerbrand Ceder of the Materials Sciences Division, and Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director of Computing Sciences, were elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. More>

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A New Form of Matter Unveiled…Time Crystals

If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, can they also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal? In a recent study, Norman Yao (Materials Sciences) describes how to make and measure the properties of such a crystal, and even predicts what the various phases surrounding the time crystal should be, like the liquid and gas phases of ice. More>

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For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

Lab scientists have discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat, an exotic property in an unconventional material. The characteristic could lead to applications in thermoelectrics and window coatings. More>

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Alivisatos Among Five Honored by National Academy of Sciences

Materials scientist and former Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, along with four other researchers, is being recognized for “extraordinary scientific achievements in physical science and engineering.” A nanotechnology pioneer, Alivisatos’ research has had important ramifications for the development of renewable energy, biomedical imaging, and light-emitting devices. More>

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Exposure Feature on Lab Clean Water Research

Heavy metals can contaminate drinking water sources, posing a threat to public health. Cases of drinking water contamination in Flint, Mich., and Newark, N.J., motivated research into the development of tiny, customized crystals that can detect and trap waterborne heavy metals like mercury and lead. This Exposure feature includes photos and 360° view of ALS beamline 11.3.1. More>

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