Posts Tagged ‘Molecular Foundry’

Bright Future for Protein Nanoprobes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Jim Schuck (right) and Bruce Cohen (left), of the Materials Sciences Division, led a study at the Moleculer Foundry that revealed surprising new rules for creating ultra-bright, ultra-small nanoprobes for imaging single proteins. These new rules enabled the Foundry team to create light-emitting crystals less than 10 nanometers in diameter that should be a big asset for biological imaging, especially deep-tissue optical imaging of neurons in the brain. Other members of this research team included Daniel Gargas (center right), Emory Chan (center left), Alexis Ostrowski, Shaul Aloni, Virginia Altoe, Edward Barnard, Babak Sanii, Jeffrey Urban and Delia Milliron. More>

Foundry/NCEM Combined Call for Proposals; Deadline is March 31

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

In preparation for their merge that will be finalized by Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry and the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) have combined their user proposal submission and review processes for their next Call for Proposals. Proposals can be submitted through the new system here and will be accepted through March 31. Additional information on the new coordinated submission and review process is available on the Molecular Foundry’s website in the users section. To discuss potential projects or receive more information about the submission process, staff contact information can be found here.

Watch a Live Virtual ‘Field Trip’ of the Lab Today at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Berkeley Lab is hosting a live “virtual field trip” today at 1 p.m. as part of a new series of Google hangouts called Connected Classrooms. During the live hangout on air, two Bay Area classrooms will take a virtual tour of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy, with Dula Parkinson, Deirdre Olynick, and Jim Ciston servings as tour guides. Viewers can watch the hangout on air and ask questions here. The event will also be archived on Berkeley Lab’s YouTube channel.

Good Things Come in Small Packages at Molecular Foundry

Monday, January 27th, 2014

[Contra Costa Times] The Molecular Foundry is a place where good things come in unbelievably small packages. Research there has led to stunning advances in biomedicine, renewable energy, light modification and carbon capture, among other things. It’s not a particular discipline of science, like physics or chemistry, but the study of all science at the molecular level. As a knowledge-based users facility funded by the Department of Energy, it is available to researchers worldwide through a peer-reviewed proposal process. At root is the principle that if you make something smaller, its properties and applications can be changed. More>

Good Vibrations: Foundry Researchers Tune the Chemical Bonds of Buckyballs

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A collaboration of Rice University and Berkeley Lab researchers at the Molecular Foundry have demonstrated that an applied voltage and electric current can be used to tune the strength of chemical bonds in fullerene or “buckyball” molecules. This demonstration of controllably and reversibly softening bonds between atoms points the way to controlling certain molecular properties to great advantage for applications in energy and catalysis. Jeff Neaton, director of the Foundry, and his grad-student Peter Doak developed a theoretical model to explain these results with computational help from NERSC. More>

Cooling Microprocessors with Carbon Nanotubes

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Frank Ogletree and Sumanjeet Kaur at the Molecular Foundry led the development of a new “process-friendly” technique that enables the cooling of microprocessor chips through the use of carbon nanotubes. Organic molecules were used to form strong covalent bonds between carbon nanotubes and metal surfaces, improving by six-fold the flow of heat from the metal to the carbon nanotubes and thereby paving the way for faster, more efficient cooling of computer chips. Also working on this project were Nachiket Raravikar, Brett Helms and Ravi Prasher. More>

Peppytide Models Can be Folded Into Accurate Protein Structures

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Researchers Create First Soluble 2D Supramolecular Organic Framework

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Yi Liu, a chemist with the Materials Sciences Division who oversees the supramolecular electronics research group at the Molecular Foundry, helped lead the creation of the first two-dimensional SOFs — supramolecular organic frameworks — that self-assemble in solution. Featuring a porous framework with honeycomb periodicity similar to that of a MOF (metal organic framework) but in solution, SOFs hold great promise for sensing and separation technologies, energy sciences, and biomimetics. Working in collaboration with Liu on this project were Xin Zhao and Zhan-Ting Li, plus Kang-Da Zhang, Jia Tian, David Hanifi, Yuebiao Zhang, Andrew Chi-Hau Sue, Tian-You Zhou and Lei Zhang. More>

As World Series Approaches, Physicist (and Dodger Fan) Jim Schuck Explains the Science of Baseball

Monday, October 21st, 2013

In his day job as Director for Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures at the Molecular Foundry, Lab physicist Jim Schuck uses pulses of light and electric charges to probe the surfaces of unimaginably tiny structures. When time permits during the summer months, and particularly in October, his calculations may drift from the nanoscale to the truly awesome: exploring the drag coefficient of a 95 mph fastball, spinning off the fingertips of a major league pitcher at 1,800 rpm. While it is not at all clear that physicists can play baseball better than most other people, the game has a particular draw for those inclined to see the universe as the interplay of fundamental forces. More>

Milliron’s Nanotech Breakthrough Enables Manipulation Of Light

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Forbes Magazine recently conducted a Q&A with Delia Milliron of the Molecular Foundry, asking about her research in developing smart windows, commercialization of this technology, how the Foundry works, and building relationships with local start-ups. More>