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New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future

In just two years, Berkeley Lab and Caltech scientists have nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They did so by developing a process that promises to speed the discovery of a commercially viable generation of solar fuels. The research involved NERSC, the Molecular Foundry, and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. More>

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360° Video Takes You Inside Molecular Foundry Cleanroom

Take a spin around this cleanroom, where scientists make tiny devices such as antennas and sensors in a space that is nearly devoid of pesky dust. The Foundry attracts researchers from around the world, and the discoveries made in this nanofabrication cleanroom (and other labs in the Foundry) have led to big advances in energy tech, disease detection, and other applications.

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Foundry Scientist Teresa Williams Featured in GradNews

The article chronicles the Molecular Foundry’s Teresa Williams and her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology. She is using the Lab’s Tuition Assistance Program to pay for her education. The article was written by Laleh Coté of the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education office. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. at Cal. More>

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Precise Location, Identity of All Atoms in a Nanoparticle Mapped

Scientists used one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes at the Molecular Foundry to map all 23,000 atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle. Insights gained from the particle’s structure could help boost its magnetic performance for use in high-density, next-generation hard drives. More>

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Jan. 31 Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Features UCLA’s Yang Yang

Yang will discuss “Interface and Intermediate Phases Engineering for Achieving Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells” at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. The seminar is jointly hosted by the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source. More>

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Lab Researchers Among Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

Raymond Weitekamp and Richard Wang of Cyclotron Road are among the innovators on the list. Selected annually, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list honors “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” across 20 different industries. More>

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For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

Lab scientists have discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat, an exotic property in an unconventional material. The characteristic could lead to applications in thermoelectrics and window coatings. More>

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Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins Jan. 17

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features distinguished speakers from around the world whose expertise spans the field of nanoscience. Seminars take place in the Foundry’s Chemla Room (67-3111) on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Yang Yang from UCLA will headline the series as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on Jan. 31, a talk that will be held in the Building 66 Auditorium.

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A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

Researchers are working to dramatically increase the efficiency at which thin-film solar cells convert sunlight to electricity. Berkeley Lab scientists have taken a step towards that goal by developing a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons. Go here to view an Exposure gallery of photos and video of this research. More>

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Lab Receives Five R&D 100 Awards for Environmental, Battery, and X-Ray Technologies

They include Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Toolset, Compact Dynamic Beamstop (CDBS), Cool Roof Time Machine, Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM) Membrane for Long-Lived Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) Batteries, and Sustainable, Affordable Fluoride Removal (SAFR). More>

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