Today at Berkeley Lab

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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A New Route to Novel Family of Biomimetic Materials

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have developed peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between oil and water, opening the door to increased structural complexity and chemical functionality for a broad range of applications. More>

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Molecular Foundry/NCEM Users Meeting Draws a Crowd

Nearly 300 scientists from across the nation and around the world attended. Among the prominent speakers for the August 25-26 event included former Berkeley Lab director and Secretary of Energy Steve Chu.

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Research on Extending Moore’s Law Featured on ABC 7 News

Work by Paul Ashby and Deirdre Olynick of the Molecular Foundry Patrick Naulleau at the Center for X-ray Optics to develop a better photoresist, a critical material that’s used to lay down patterns of transistors across computer chips, which could continue to reduce the size of transistors and stay on track with Moore’s Law.

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Foundry Researchers Share What Inspires Them on White Boards

From cake and coffee to Richard Feynman’s bongos, scientists at the Foundry’s Inorganic Nanostructures Facility answer the question “what inspires you?” in classic science fashion…a white board. Check out photos of their responses on the Lab’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

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Whiteboards Around the Lab…Calculations With a View

These electron transport equations were photographed by Public Affair’s Kelly Owen on the third floor of the Molecular Foundry. Do you know of a cool whiteboard you’d like to share with the Lab? If so, contact Owen at kjowen@lbl.gov.

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Foundry Helps Researchers Target Embryonic Stem Cell Sugars

Working at the Molecular Foundry, scientists from UC San Diego created a molecular mimic of the sugar-decorated proteins that help mouse embryonic stem cells develop into nerve cells. The goal is to better understand how cell surface sugars influence stem cell differentiation into specific cell types. More>

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Material Acts as Alcohol Factory

Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid alcohol has so far been a logistic and economic challenge. But now, a new material, designed and patented by Berkeley Lab researchers is making this process a little easier. More>

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Fundamental Chemistry Findings Could Help Extend Moore’s Law

Computer chips have gotten smaller thanks to advances in materials science and manufacturing technologies. This doubling of transistors on a microprocessor roughly every two years is called Moore’s Law. But one component of the chip-making process needs of an overhaul if Moore’s law is to continue: the chemical mixture called photoresist. More>

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