Lab researchers have developed a rigorous mathematical method that enables better prediction and characterization of crystal structures in materials. They tackled a longstanding theoretical problem in the Ising model, the simplest theoretical description of interacting magnetic spins. Their methodology can lead to a major boost in the discovery of novel battery materials. More>
The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) has awarded one of three 2016 Academy Prizes to Lab materials scientist Omar Yaghi. Yaghi won in the category of basic and engineering sciences, in recognition of his work in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). More>
Lab materials scientist Nitash Balsara and colleagues are studying ways of making lithium batteries safer. The problem is in the news since the global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. He says that their research goal is to replace the battery’s flammable electrolyte with something safer. More>
Lab researchers have published a new study in Science Advances that, for the first time, explicitly quantifies the thermodynamic scale of metastability for almost 30,000 known materials. This paves the way for designing and making promising next-generation materials for use in everything from semiconductors to pharmaceuticals to steels. More>
Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell. “We have set the record now for different parameters of perovskite solar cells, including the efficiency,” said Lab materials scientist Alex Zettl. More>
Scientists have found a way to engineer the atomic-scale chemical properties of a water-splitting catalyst for integration with a solar cell, and the result is a big boost to the stability and efficiency of artificial photosynthesis. More>
Berkeley Lab scientists have, for the first time, achieved both lasing and anti-lasing in a single device. Their findings lay the groundwork for developing a new type of integrated device with the flexibility to operate as a laser, an amplifier, a modulator, and a detector. More>
The Franklin Institute Awards — founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1824 — recognize science and technology accomplishments. Cohen was honored “for atomic-scale calculations of the properties of materials so detailed that new materials and their mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties can be predicted in agreement with experiments.” More>
Postdocs Sinead Griffin (Materials Sciences) and Ruimin Qiao (Advanced Light Source) represented the Lab at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. Griffen discussed exploring science from high-energy physics to condensed matter, while Qiao talked about researching materials for energy applications. The event features on-stage conversations, music, dance, and workshops.
President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference on Oct. 13, which brought together top innovators to discuss advances in science and technology. Lab researchers Etosha Cave and Peidong Yang participated in the panel on Global Frontiers to discuss climate change and the clean energy revolution.