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Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

Research led by materials scientist Lane Martin has found an easy way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials for use in computer processors that would be capable of both computation and memory storage without continuous external power sources. More>

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Study Reveals Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes

A study led by Miquel Salmeron of the Materials Sciences Division recorded the first observations of the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold electrode under different battery charging conditions. Elucidating the molecular structure at the solid-liquid interface under these conditions is critical to battery design. More>

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Dispelling a Misconception About Mg-Ion Batteries

David Prendergast and Liwen Wan at the Molecular Foundry used supercomputer simulations to dispel a popular misconception about magnesium-ion batteries that should help advance the development of multivalent ion battery technology. More>

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MSD’s Miquel Salmeron Receives APS Surface Physics Prize

Salmeron is the co-recipient of the 2015 Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface or Atomic Physics. He was recognized “for the development of instrumentation for atmospheric pressure photoelectron spectroscopy and STM at high pressures and temperatures, and for his elegant studies of hydrogen dissociation and reactivity and the wetting of water films on metal surfaces at the atomic level.” More>

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A Quick Look at Electron-Boson Coupling

Alessandra Lanzara and Wentao Zhang of the Materials Sciences Division used an ultrafast spectroscopy technique called trARPES to demonstrate a link between electron-boson coupling and high-temperature superconductivity in a high-Tc cuprate. More>

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Joe Orenstein Named Moore Experimental Investigator

The materials scientist is one of 19 investigators named by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The five-year program allows scientists to pursue “ambitious, high-risk research.” Orenstein (front, with James Hinton) will use his grant money to develop a new lab that will focus on the intersection of meta and quantum materials in both thin film and bulk crystalline forms. More>

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Carolyn Bertozzi Named Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science

The materials scientist was selected by the American Chemical Society to lead its first fully open access journal, ACS Central Science, set to launch in early 2015. The journal will publish peer-reviewed research articles, reviews and commentary from chemistry and interdisciplinary sciences with unrestricted access to the full text of the articles. More>

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Factors in Carbon Dioxide Reduction

New experimental results from Peidong Yang in the Materials Sciences Division have revealed the critical influence of the electronic and geometric effects in the carbon dioxide reduction reaction. More>

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Materials Sciences has Equipment for Rent

Equipment — available only to the Lab community — includes TEM (JEM-2100 LaB6), XRD (Siemens D500), SEM (Hitachi S-4300SE/N), and Nanoindenter (Hysitron TI 950). Cost is $50 per hour. No proposals are required. Contact Grace Lau (x5850) for more information.

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Excitonic Dark States Shed Light on TMDC Atomic Layers

Materials scientists believe they have uncovered the secret behind the unusual optoelectronic properties of single atomic layers of TMDC materials, the two-dimensional semiconductors that hold great promise for nanoelectronic and photonic applications. More>

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