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Surprising Discoveries about 2D Molybdenum Disulfide

Materials scientist Jim Schuck led a team that used the Molecular Foundry’s Campanile nano-optical probe for discoveries about molybdenum disulfide, a member of the “transition metal dichalcogenides semiconductor family whose optoelectronic properties hold promise for future nanoelectronic and photonic devices. More>

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Last chance to register for the Molecular Foundry Users’ Meeting Aug. 20-21

Online registration will close in one week for the 2015 Molecular Foundry Users’ Meeting, Aug. 20-21. The meeting will include keynote presentations from Paul Weiss, Ralph Greenspan, and Roger Falcone, as well as breakout symposia on some of the most exciting areas of nanoscience research. See the website for registration and poster abstract submission.

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White House OSTP Assistant Director Gives Foundry Seminar on August 6

Lloyd Whitman, assistant director of nanotechnology for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will discuss “Twenty Five Hundred Years of Small Science: What’s Next?” in a seminar in the Molecular Foundry’s Chemla Room (67-3111) on August 6 at 2:15 p.m. More>

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Meet the High-Performance Single-Molecule Diode

Jeff Neaton of the Molecular Foundry helped lead a team of researchers that created the world’s highest-performance single-molecule diode, the component of an electric circuit that controls the directional flow of current. Development of functional single-molecule diode is a major pursuit of the electronics industry. More>

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July 14 Foundry Talk on Big Challenges of Using Tiny Crystals

Matteo Cargnello of Stanford University will give a talk entitled “Tackling Big Challenges Using Tiny Crystals” at 11 a.m. in the Building 67-3111. Cargnello’s researches the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and nanocrystals. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Featuring David Ginger on July 7

The Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium on “Imaging Heterogeneity in Thin Film Solar Cells: Polymers to Perovskites” by David Ginger from the University of Washington. More>

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A New Look at Surface Chemistry

Jim Ciston, at the Molecular Foundry’s NCEM, led a multi-institutional team that has developed a highly promising technique called “high-resolution scanning electron microscopy,” or HRSEM. This new technique holds promise for the study of catalysis, corrosion and other critical chemical reactions. More>

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Using Robots at the Molecular Foundry, Scientists Assemble Promising Antimicrobial Compounds

There’s an urgent demand for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines at the Molecular Foundry, named Symphony X and Overture, have joined the search. Their specialty is creating custom nanoscale structures that mimic nature’s proven designs.

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Registration Open for Molecular Foundry User Meeting

The event takes place August 20-21 and is open to researchers from academia, industry, and government labs and includes keynote and contributed talks, poster session, and vendor fair. Topics for breakout talks include soft matter assembly and dynamics, brain imaging and optical manipulation, and SAXS-WAXS for nanomaterials. More>

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Former Foundry Researcher ‘Cycling for Science’ Featured on NBC News

Rachel Woods-Robinson and her cycling partner have been on their cross-country trip for about two weeks and have around 14 states to go. They are visiting middle schools along the way teaching fun lessons in physics and celebrating STEM teachers. More>

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