Today at Berkeley Lab

Scientists Solve a Magnesium Mystery in Rechargeable Battery Performance

A Berkeley Lab-led research team has discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could be relevant to other battery materials, and could steer the design of next-generation batteries towards workarounds that avoid these newly identified pitfalls. More>

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Lab Pursues Low-Cost Hydrogen Generation

To mark Hydrogen Day, celebrated on Oct. 8 since its atomic weight is 1.008, we feature researchers Adam Weber and Nem Danilovic, who believe hydrogen can play a major role in a clean energy system. They, along with scientists at the Molecular Foundry and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, are pursuing low-cost efficient technologies for hydrogen generation. More>

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Berkeley Lab Tech Brings Nobel-Winning Cryo-EM Into Sharper Focus

Berkeley Lab played a key role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, honoring the development of cryo-EM, an imaging technique that has launched the fields of structural biology and biochemistry into an exciting new era of discovery. More>

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Scientists Use Nanoparticle Supersoap to Create ‘Bijel,’ Potential Sculptable Liquid

A new type of “bijel” created by Berkeley Lab scientists could one day lead to applications in soft robotics, liquid circuitry, and energy conversion. Bijels hold promise as a malleable liquid that can support catalytic reactions and electrical conductivity, among other functions, but before this new work at Berkeley Lab, they had been notoriously difficult to make. More>

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Molecular Foundry Users Share Their #myfoundrystory

Follow @MolecularFoundry this week to hear Foundry users share their #myfoundrystory. At the 2017 Annual User Meeting, users recorded videos highlighting the research they do, why they use the Foundry, and what they love about the Foundry and Berkeley Lab.

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Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use. More>

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Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

In a big step toward sun-powered fuel production, scientists at Berkeley Lab have used artificial photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons at efficiencies greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel. More>

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Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals; A New Step Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

A new Lab-led study provides insight into how an ultrathin coating can enhance the performance of graphene-wrapped nanocrystals for hydrogen storage applications. The findings could help researchers understand how similar coatings could also enhance the performance and stability of other materials that show promise for hydrogen storage applications. More>

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Bringing Atomic Mapping to the Mainstream

Mapping the internal atomic structure of nanoparticles just got easier thanks to a new computer algorithm and graphical user interface. The advancement brings a new tool to the field of electron tomography that may expand the usefulness of techniques used to assemble detailed 3-D images by scanning them with a beam of electrons. More>

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Foundry Hosts Family Fun Day

Over one hundred people attended the Molecular Foundry’s first ever family science day and ice cream social. The event was organized and hosted by the Molecular Foundry’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in an effort to bring together the diverse community of staff, users, postdocs, students, and their families. View an Exposure photo feature here.

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