Employees from NERSC, ESNet, the Joint Genome Institute, Earth Sciences, the Molecular Foundry (pictured), and the Advanced Light Source gathered to take selfies as part of NASA’s worldwide celebration of Earth Day yesterday. NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day they tried to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Check out our full #GlobalSelfie recap on Storify.
Posts Tagged ‘Molecular Foundry’
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein visited Berkeley Lab on Tuesday, April 15. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein plays an important role in setting funding levels for the Department of Energy. Lab Director Paul Alivisatos hosted the Senator on a tour of the Advanced Light Source where she met with scientists and users from industry and academia, and on a tour of the Molecular Foundry.
Jim Schuck — director of the Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry —participated in a Twitter chat last Wednesday via #LabChat with @Energy, @ORNL, and @BrookhavenLab. The chat focused on the topic of nanotechnology, with researchers from each Lab answering questions from a general audience. Here’s a “highlight reel” of Schucks chat.
Jim Schuck (right) and Bruce Cohen (left), of the Materials Sciences Division, led a study at the Moleculer Foundry that revealed surprising new rules for creating ultra-bright, ultra-small nanoprobes for imaging single proteins. These new rules enabled the Foundry team to create light-emitting crystals less than 10 nanometers in diameter that should be a big asset for biological imaging, especially deep-tissue optical imaging of neurons in the brain. Other members of this research team included Daniel Gargas (center right), Emory Chan (center left), Alexis Ostrowski, Shaul Aloni, Virginia Altoe, Edward Barnard, Babak Sanii, Jeffrey Urban and Delia Milliron. More>
In preparation for their merge that will be finalized by Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry and the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) have combined their user proposal submission and review processes for their next Call for Proposals. Proposals can be submitted through the new system here and will be accepted through March 31. Additional information on the new coordinated submission and review process is available on the Molecular Foundry’s website in the users section. To discuss potential projects or receive more information about the submission process, staff contact information can be found here.
Berkeley Lab is hosting a live “virtual field trip” today at 1 p.m. as part of a new series of Google hangouts called Connected Classrooms. During the live hangout on air, two Bay Area classrooms will take a virtual tour of the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy, with Dula Parkinson, Deirdre Olynick, and Jim Ciston servings as tour guides. Viewers can watch the hangout on air and ask questions here. The event will also be archived on Berkeley Lab’s YouTube channel.
[Contra Costa Times] The Molecular Foundry is a place where good things come in unbelievably small packages. Research there has led to stunning advances in biomedicine, renewable energy, light modification and carbon capture, among other things. It’s not a particular discipline of science, like physics or chemistry, but the study of all science at the molecular level. As a knowledge-based users facility funded by the Department of Energy, it is available to researchers worldwide through a peer-reviewed proposal process. At root is the principle that if you make something smaller, its properties and applications can be changed. More>
A collaboration of Rice University and Berkeley Lab researchers at the Molecular Foundry have demonstrated that an applied voltage and electric current can be used to tune the strength of chemical bonds in fullerene or “buckyball” molecules. This demonstration of controllably and reversibly softening bonds between atoms points the way to controlling certain molecular properties to great advantage for applications in energy and catalysis. Jeff Neaton, director of the Foundry, and his grad-student Peter Doak developed a theoretical model to explain these results with computational help from NERSC. More>
Frank Ogletree and Sumanjeet Kaur at the Molecular Foundry led the development of a new “process-friendly” technique that enables the cooling of microprocessor chips through the use of carbon nanotubes. Organic molecules were used to form strong covalent bonds between carbon nanotubes and metal surfaces, improving by six-fold the flow of heat from the metal to the carbon nanotubes and thereby paving the way for faster, more efficient cooling of computer chips. Also working on this project were Nachiket Raravikar, Brett Helms and Ravi Prasher. More>