Today at Berkeley Lab

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

Rich Saykally of the Chemical Sciences Division, along with David Prendergast of the Molecular Foundry, led a study that provided valuable new insight into aqueous carbonic acid with important implications for both geological and biological concerns. Carbonic acid is critical to both the health of the atmosphere and human body. More>

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Foundry’s Peppytide Models a Hit at Mini Maker Faire

Ron Zuckermann, Allison Chen, and Julien Muzard demonstrated the basics of protein folding using to attendees at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire last Sunday.

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Dispelling a Misconception About Mg-Ion Batteries

David Prendergast and Liwen Wan at the Molecular Foundry used supercomputer simulations to dispel a popular misconception about magnesium-ion batteries that should help advance the development of multivalent ion battery technology. More>

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Molecular Foundry and NCEM Merger Complete

As of Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM). Previously, NCEM was a separate user facility, but at the request of DOE and in response to evolving research needs, NCEM is now one of the seven facilities within the Molecular Foundry. More>

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New Insights on Calcium Carbonate Formation Could Aid Carbon-Storage

Researchers have used a high-powered electron microscope to capture the birth of calcium carbonate crystals, one earth most important and abundant molecules. In doing so, they’ve demonstrated that pathways to different types of crystallization are varied and more complex than suspected. More>

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Molecular Foundry Call for Proposals is Open

The Foundry, which now includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy, is accepting proposals. The user program gives researchers access to expertise and equipment for cutting-edge nanoscience in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. Proposals are due Oct. 1. More>

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A New Route to Novel Family of Biomimetic Materials

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have developed peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between oil and water, opening the door to increased structural complexity and chemical functionality for a broad range of applications. More>

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Molecular Foundry/NCEM Users Meeting Draws a Crowd

Nearly 300 scientists from across the nation and around the world attended. Among the prominent speakers for the August 25-26 event included former Berkeley Lab director and Secretary of Energy Steve Chu.

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Research on Extending Moore’s Law Featured on ABC 7 News

Work by Paul Ashby and Deirdre Olynick of the Molecular Foundry Patrick Naulleau at the Center for X-ray Optics to develop a better photoresist, a critical material that’s used to lay down patterns of transistors across computer chips, which could continue to reduce the size of transistors and stay on track with Moore’s Law.

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Foundry Researchers Share What Inspires Them on White Boards

From cake and coffee to Richard Feynman’s bongos, scientists at the Foundry’s Inorganic Nanostructures Facility answer the question “what inspires you?” in classic science fashion…a white board. Check out photos of their responses on the Lab’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

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