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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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New Fuel Cell Design Powered by Graphene-Wrapped Nanoparticles

Researchers working at the ALS and the Molecular Foundry developed a promising new materials recipe based on magnesium nanocrystals and graphene for a battery-like hydrogen fuel cell with improved performance in key areas. The technology could have wide-ranging applications for batteries, catalysis, and energetic materials. More>

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Surprising New Properties in a 2-D Semiconductor Discovered

A new class of semiconductor was discovered that is only three atoms thick and which extends in a two-dimensional plane, similar to graphene. These 2-D semiconductors, have exceptional optical characteristics, and could lead to improved semiconductors or new functionalities. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Featuring Christopher Kemper Ober on May 17

The Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar on “Fifty Years of Moore’s Law: Towards Fabrication at Molecular Dimensions” by Christopher Kemper Ober from Cornell University. The talk begins at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Video Highlights of Molecular Foundry 10th Anniversary

Posted on a special webpage that includes over 50 photographs and a number of news stories from the event, the three minute video features highlights of the day and thoughts from the Foundry’s Jeff Neaton, former Berkeley Lab director Paul Alivisatos, Congressman Mike Honda, and MIT’s Jeff Grossman.

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Carbon Nanotubes Move into the Fast Lane

Molecular Foundry users have shown that carbon nanotubes can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude. The transport rates in these nanotube pores, which form one-dimensional water wires, also exceed those of biological channels and man-made proton conductors, making carbon nanotubes the fastest known proton conductor. More>

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Nature-Inspired Nanotubes That Assemble Themselves With Precision

Lab scientists have discovered a family of nature-inspired polymers that, when placed in water, spontaneously assemble into hollow crystalline nanotubes with a uniform diameter. The research involved the Molecular Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann, Nitash Balsara of the Materials Sciences Division, and Ken Downing of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division. More>

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Foundry Symposium Highlights 10 Years of Achievement

The event included talks by Foundry Director Jeff Neaton, past and present lab directors, users, and Congressman Mike Honda (pictured). Topics included the use of the facility for research on nanophotonics, nanocrystal probes for biological and medical applications, and the use of computer simulations for materials design. More>

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Watch Foundry Researcher Live in Her Lab on March 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ambika Bumb and team live on Periscope at 10:30 a.m to learn how scientists at the Molecular Foundry are using nanodiamonds to see cancer. Click here at 10:30 a.m. You do not need to have a twitter account to watch.

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