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Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

Rich Saykally, David Prendergast, and Steve Harris, conducted the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries. The results show a pathway forward to improving lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and large-scale electrical energy storage. More>

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Mimicking Nature for Homeland Security

The Molecular Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann is designing two-dimensional peptoid nanosheets — a material made of biomimetic polymers, two molecules thick — that could one day be used to make sensors that detect lethal chemical agents or deadly viruses deployed during warfare or a terrorist attack. More>

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MSD Researchers Talk Materials Sciences With Local High School Students

Nick Borys, Alex Buyanin, and David Garfield shared with students at Los Lomas High School in Walnut Creek what it’s like to work “in the invisible realm” at the Molecular Foundry. They also shared tips on studying materials sciences in college. More>

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Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes

Lab researchers have helped show that short carbon nanotubes can make excellent artificial pores within cell membranes. Moreover, these nanotubes, which are far more rugged than their biological counterparts, can self-insert into a cell membrane or other lipid bilayers. More>

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New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

Rich Saykally of the Chemical Sciences Division, along with David Prendergast of the Molecular Foundry, led a study that provided valuable new insight into aqueous carbonic acid with important implications for both geological and biological concerns. Carbonic acid is critical to both the health of the atmosphere and human body. More>

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Foundry’s Peppytide Models a Hit at Mini Maker Faire

Ron Zuckermann, Allison Chen, and Julien Muzard demonstrated the basics of protein folding using to attendees at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire last Sunday.

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Dispelling a Misconception About Mg-Ion Batteries

David Prendergast and Liwen Wan at the Molecular Foundry used supercomputer simulations to dispel a popular misconception about magnesium-ion batteries that should help advance the development of multivalent ion battery technology. More>

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Molecular Foundry and NCEM Merger Complete

As of Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM). Previously, NCEM was a separate user facility, but at the request of DOE and in response to evolving research needs, NCEM is now one of the seven facilities within the Molecular Foundry. More>

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New Insights on Calcium Carbonate Formation Could Aid Carbon-Storage

Researchers have used a high-powered electron microscope to capture the birth of calcium carbonate crystals, one earth most important and abundant molecules. In doing so, they’ve demonstrated that pathways to different types of crystallization are varied and more complex than suspected. More>

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Molecular Foundry Call for Proposals is Open

The Foundry, which now includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy, is accepting proposals. The user program gives researchers access to expertise and equipment for cutting-edge nanoscience in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. Proposals are due Oct. 1. More>

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