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MSD Researchers Talk Materials Sciences With Local High School Students

Nick Borys, Alex Buyanin, and David Garfield shared with students at Los Lomas High School in Walnut Creek what it’s like to work “in the invisible realm” at the Molecular Foundry. They also shared tips on studying materials sciences in college. More>

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Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

Xiang Zhang, director of the Materials Sciences Division, led a study in which for the first time symmetry breaking in a bulk metamaterial solution was achieved. Zhang and his group demonstrated a technique for inducing self-assembled optical metamaterials with tailored broken-symmetries and hence unique electromagnetic responses. More>

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Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes

Lab researchers have helped show that short carbon nanotubes can make excellent artificial pores within cell membranes. Moreover, these nanotubes, which are far more rugged than their biological counterparts, can self-insert into a cell membrane or other lipid bilayers. More>

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Lord of the Microrings: A Breakthrough in Microring Laser Cavities

Materials Sciences Division Director Xiang Zhang led the development of a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing on demand even from a conventional multi-mode laser cavity. This could impact a optoelectronic applications including metrology and interferometry, data storage, and high-resolution spectroscopy. More>

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Ebola is Topic of Nano*High Talk on Nov. 1

High school-age children are invited to attend a talk on Ebola by Donald Francis, an infectious disease expert who formerly worked for the Centers for Disease Control. The event takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in 1 Pimentel Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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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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