Today at Berkeley Lab

New Catalyst Gives Artificial Photosynthesis a Big Boost

A research team including Berkeley Lab scientists has created a new catalyst on the path toward artificial photosynthesis – a system that would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide into stored chemical energy. More>

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Developing Technologies and the Energy-Water Nexus

Water and energy are resources that are linked — generating energy requires water, often in large quantities, and energy is needed for pumping, treatment, and distribution of water. The Molecular Foundry’s Jeff Urban reviews how developing technologies may impact our energy and water use in a recent issue of Joule.

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Recent Lab Workshop Explores Quantum Information Science

On Oct. 25, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists gathered for a daylong workshop focused on enhancing connections across the Berkeley community related to quantum information science (QIS). Quantum computing could help solve some of science’s hardest problems in chemistry, materials, and other disciplines. More than two dozen talks were presented. More>

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Lab Reports Major Progress in Realizing New Type of Lithium Cathode

A team of researchers led by materials scientist Gerbrand Ceder reports major progress in cathodes made with so-called “disordered” materials, a promising new type of lithium battery. The co-authors of the papers published this month in Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters include Alex Urban (MSD), Wanli Yang (ALS), and Bryan McCloskey (ETA). More>

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International Journalists Visit Lab on Oct. 29

The Lab’s Strategic Communications Group hosted a visit on Oct. 29 by nearly 50 international journalists who were attending the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists. Director Witherell addressed the group, which then toured the Advanced Light Source, Molecular Foundry, and NERSC. Nearly 1,400 attended the conference in San Francisco, the first time it was held in the United States. More>

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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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