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Splitting Water: Nanoscale Imaging Yields Key Insights

Researchers Johanna Eichhorn and Francesca Toma of Chemical Sciences, working with scientists at the Molecular Foundry, have pioneered a technique that uses nanoscale imaging to understand how local, nanoscale properties can affect a material’s macroscopic performance, allowing them to map the current at every point of a photoelectrochemical material for use in an artificial photosynthesis system. More>

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Registration Open for August 15-16 Molecular Foundry Annual User Meeting

Registration and poster abstract submission are open for the Molecular Foundry User Meeting on August 15-16. Events include keynote addresses from Carolyn Bertozzi (Stanford University) and David Awschalom (University of Chicago), a poster session, and symposia on topics including quantum information science, rational design of photo-electromechanical energy materials, multimodal in situ characterization and others. More>

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Berkeley Lab User Facilities Prominent in SSURF Annual Meeting

Representatives from the Lab’s five national user facilities attended the Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) Annual Meeting in late June. JGI Director Nigel Mouncey presented, “How Facilities Can Partner With Industry to Strengthen the Scientific Infrastructure.” The Molecular Foundry’s Alison Hatt, who also serves on the SSURF Board of Directors, moderated a session. More>

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Foundry’s Paul Ashby to Speak at 34th Annual MPI Workshop Next Week

Paul Ashby of the Molecular Foundry will lead a workshop on developing image processing algorithms for an atomic force microscopy scanner at the 2018 Mathematical Problems in Industry Workshop to be held June 25-29 at the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences. The annual workshop attracts leading applied mathematicians, scientists, and researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories. More>

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area and UC Berkeley are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via Science Search, a web-based search engine for scientific data that the Berkeley team is building. More>

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Scientists Create Continuously Emitting Microlasers With Nanoparticle-Coated Beads

Researchers have found a way to convert nanoparticle-coated microscopic beads into lasers smaller than red blood cells. These microlasers, which convert infrared light into light at higher frequencies, are among the smallest continuously emitting lasers of their kind ever reported and can constantly and stably emit light for hours at a time, even when submerged in biological fluids such as blood serum. More>

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Shape-Shifters: Foundry Researchers Find Peptoids Unexpectedly Change Shape When Forming Nanosheets

Peptoids are artificial versions of nature’s peptides that can readily self-assemble into nanosheets. Recently, an international team of researchers led by Molecular Foundry scientists discovered that peptoids can change shape when they form a nanosheet. More>

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From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research

From moon rocks to meteorites, and from space dust to a dinosaur-destroying impact, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin. More>

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Tracing Interstellar Dust Back to Solar System’s Formation

Experiments conducted at Berkeley Lab helped to confirm that samples of interplanetary particles – collected from Earth’s upper atmosphere and believed to originate from comets – contain dust leftover from the initial formation of the solar system. Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa used the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry for their research. More>

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Non-Crystal Clarity: Scientists Find Ordered Magnetic Patterns in Disordered Magnetic Material

A team of scientists working at Berkeley Lab has confirmed a special property known as “chirality” — which potentially could be exploited to transmit and store data in a new way — in nanometers-thick samples of multilayer materials that have a disordered structure. More>

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