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Molecular Foundry Established as Its Own Division

On Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry will become a division within the Energy Sciences Area. Foundry director Jeff Neaton will serve as the director of the new division. The Foundry was previously part of the Materials Sciences Division. The shift puts the Foundry in line with the Lab’s four other national user facilities that are also divisions. Read a message from the director on this change.

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar on Sept. 13 Featuring NASA Astronaut Stan Love

On Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar on “Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization” by NASA astronaut Stanley Love. More>

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Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins Sept. 13 With NASA Astronaut Stanley Love

This fall’s Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers from around the world whose expertise span the field of nanoscience. Seminars take place in the Foundry’s Chemla Room (67-3111) on Tuesdays at 11am. NASA Astronaut Stanley Love will kick off the series on Sept. 13 with a talk in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Subatomic Microscopy Key to Building New Classes of Materials

Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom. The ability to see at this subatomic level is crucial for designing new materials with unprecedented properties, such as materials that transition from metals to semiconductors or that exhibit superconductivity. More>

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Foundry User Meeting Aug. 11 & 12; Parking Impact in H-2 Lot

Online registration is still open for the Molecular Foundry Annual User Meeting. Due to this event, the H-2 parking lot (next to Building 70) will be closed starting Aug. 10. All dedicated parking spots, including those for maintenance, orange circle, and carpool vehicles will be moved behind Building 70.

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Molecular Foundry User Meeting, Aug. 11-12

Registration and abstract submission are open. Events include keynote addresses from Nobel Laureate K. Barry Sharpless (Scripps Research Institute) and Sossina M. Haile (Northwestern University), and a poster session and symposia on topics including two-dimensional matter, the challenges of imaging materials’ functionality, and product-driven research at the Foundry. More>

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Foundry User Participates in Regional Cancer Moonshot Summit

Molecular Foundry user Ambika Bumb recently participated in a Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. Bumb spoke about her company Bikanta, which uses nanoscale diamonds to accurately locate and treat cancer cells in a targeted manner, as well as the importance of federally funded national user facilities. More>

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Discovery Could Dramatically Boost Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells

Researchers have discovered a possible secret to dramatically boosting the efficiency of perovskite solar cells hidden in the nanoscale peaks and valleys of the crystalline material. The efficiency at which perovskite solar cells convert photons to electricity has increased more rapidly than any other material to date. More>

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Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of scientists that includes Berkeley Lab researchers has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of vanadium pentoxide, a material considered key to the next generation of batteries. More>

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June 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Colin Ophus of the Molecular Foundry will speak on “New Kinds of Four-Dimensional Scanning Diffraction Experiments in Transmission Electron Microscopy Enabled by High-Speed Direct Electron Detectors” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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