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Molecular Foundry’s Francesca Morabito Leads New Italian Society

The Molecular Foundry’s Francesca Morabito is the new Director of Academic and Networking Activities at the newly formed Italian Society at UC Berkeley. The group promotes Italian culture in the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab.

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Lab Staff Participate in ‘Small Act-Big Impact’ Earth Day Campaign

Branden Brough of the Molecular Foundry commutes to work in an electric vehicle, and Linda Vu (pictured) of Computing composts and recycles. These small acts were featured on the Lab’s Twitter feed as part of Los Alamos Lab’s “My Small Act” Earth Day campaign.

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On the Road to Spin-Orbitronics

Materials scientists Gong Chen and Andreas Schmid have found a new way of manipulating the walls that define magnetic domains — used for e-mail, posting images, and downloading videos or music — and the results could one day revolutionize the electronics industry. More>

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Foundry Group Attends Upward Bound Nanoscience Conference

Last weekend, Molecular Foundry senior staff scientist Ron Zuckermann and two of his undergraduate students presented at the Upward Bound Nanoscience conference. This is a college prep program for Bay Area high school students. They presented a lecture on the Wonders of Nanoscience and did a few demos. More>

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Research Could Lead to More Efficient Electrical Energy Storage

Researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored. Berkeley Lab researchers worked with colleagues from Lawrence Livermore to create an improvement in the capacity and efficiency of electrical energy storage systems, such as batteries and supercapacitors. More>

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Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

The Molecular Foundry’s Caroline Ajo-Franklin and Behzad Rad led a study that uncovered key details in the process by which bacterial proteins self-assemble into a protective coating, like chainmail armor. This process can be a model for the self-assembly of 2D and 3D nanostructures. More>

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New Molecular Foundry Logo Released

Following the merge of the Molecular Foundry and the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at the start of FY 2015, a new logo has been created to represent the newly integrated center. Signifying a sense of place that integrates seven distinct scientific facilities, the new logo features a clean and modern look inspired by the Foundry’s architecture.

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Why Oxygen is Kryptonite to Titanium

Materials scientist Andrew Minor led a team that revealed the mechanism by which titanium becomes brittle with the addition of a few extra atoms of oxygen. This discovery could open the door to more practical, cost-effective uses of titanium, including the construction, automotive and aerospace industries. More>

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Molecular Foundry Seminar Series Launches Feb. 3

The series feature researchers speaking on such topics as imaging bonds and chemical reactions, responsive nanostructured optical materials, and drug discovery at novel allosteric sites. The Tuesday talks begin at 11 a.m. in Building 67-3111 (except where noted). Go here to view the complete schedule.

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Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

Rich Saykally, David Prendergast, and Steve Harris, conducted the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries. The results show a pathway forward to improving lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and large-scale electrical energy storage. More>

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