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>
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>
The “Future of Electron Microscopy” gathering, held Oct. 11, showcased the breadth and depth of electron microscopy at the Lab, recent advances in imaging a range of materials and biological samples, and chronicled the Lab’s pioneering history in pushing the state-of the art in atomic resolution electron microscopy. More>
Researchers have observed, for the first time, an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a tiny crystal they made at Berkeley Lab. The team witnessed a unique behavior in which electrons rotate around one surface, then through the bulk of the material to its opposite surface and back. More>
The National Science Foundation’s five-year awards for Science and Technology Centers include a Center for Bright Beams, to improve the production of ultra-bright electron beams, with the ALS’s Howard Padmore, and a Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging to improve nano- and atomic-scale imaging, with ALS’s Roger Falcone and the Foundry’s Andy Minor and other Lab researchers. More>
On Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry will become a division within the Energy Sciences Area. Foundry director Jeff Neaton will serve as the director of the new division. The Foundry was previously part of the Materials Sciences Division. The shift puts the Foundry in line with the Lab’s four other national user facilities that are also divisions. Read a message from the director on this change.
On Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar on “Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization” by NASA astronaut Stanley Love. More>
This fall’s Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers from around the world whose expertise span the field of nanoscience. Seminars take place in the Foundry’s Chemla Room (67-3111) on Tuesdays at 11am. NASA Astronaut Stanley Love will kick off the series on Sept. 13 with a talk in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>
Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom. The ability to see at this subatomic level is crucial for designing new materials with unprecedented properties, such as materials that transition from metals to semiconductors or that exhibit superconductivity. More>
Online registration is still open for the Molecular Foundry Annual User Meeting. Due to this event, the H-2 parking lot (next to Building 70) will be closed starting Aug. 10. All dedicated parking spots, including those for maintenance, orange circle, and carpool vehicles will be moved behind Building 70.