Today at Berkeley Lab

July 14 Foundry Talk on Big Challenges of Using Tiny Crystals

Matteo Cargnello of Stanford University will give a talk entitled “Tackling Big Challenges Using Tiny Crystals” at 11 a.m. in the Building 67-3111. Cargnello’s researches the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and nanocrystals. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Featuring David Ginger on July 7

The Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium on “Imaging Heterogeneity in Thin Film Solar Cells: Polymers to Perovskites” by David Ginger from the University of Washington. More>

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A New Look at Surface Chemistry

Jim Ciston, at the Molecular Foundry’s NCEM, led a multi-institutional team that has developed a highly promising technique called “high-resolution scanning electron microscopy,” or HRSEM. This new technique holds promise for the study of catalysis, corrosion and other critical chemical reactions. More>

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Using Robots at the Molecular Foundry, Scientists Assemble Promising Antimicrobial Compounds

There’s an urgent demand for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines at the Molecular Foundry, named Symphony X and Overture, have joined the search. Their specialty is creating custom nanoscale structures that mimic nature’s proven designs.

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Registration Open for Molecular Foundry User Meeting

The event takes place August 20-21 and is open to researchers from academia, industry, and government labs and includes keynote and contributed talks, poster session, and vendor fair. Topics for breakout talks include soft matter assembly and dynamics, brain imaging and optical manipulation, and SAXS-WAXS for nanomaterials. More>

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Former Foundry Researcher ‘Cycling for Science’ Featured on NBC News

Rachel Woods-Robinson and her cycling partner have been on their cross-country trip for about two weeks and have around 14 states to go. They are visiting middle schools along the way teaching fun lessons in physics and celebrating STEM teachers. More>

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Molecular Foundry’s Francesca Morabito Leads New Italian Society

The Molecular Foundry’s Francesca Morabito is the new Director of Academic and Networking Activities at the newly formed Italian Society at UC Berkeley. The group promotes Italian culture in the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab.

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Lab Staff Participate in ‘Small Act-Big Impact’ Earth Day Campaign

Branden Brough of the Molecular Foundry commutes to work in an electric vehicle, and Linda Vu (pictured) of Computing composts and recycles. These small acts were featured on the Lab’s Twitter feed as part of Los Alamos Lab’s “My Small Act” Earth Day campaign.

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On the Road to Spin-Orbitronics

Materials scientists Gong Chen and Andreas Schmid have found a new way of manipulating the walls that define magnetic domains — used for e-mail, posting images, and downloading videos or music — and the results could one day revolutionize the electronics industry. More>

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Foundry Group Attends Upward Bound Nanoscience Conference

Last weekend, Molecular Foundry senior staff scientist Ron Zuckermann and two of his undergraduate students presented at the Upward Bound Nanoscience conference. This is a college prep program for Bay Area high school students. They presented a lecture on the Wonders of Nanoscience and did a few demos. More>

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