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This Multitasking Solar Cell Makes Hydrogen Fuel and Electricity at the Same Time

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, have developed an artificial photosynthesis device called a “hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic (HPEV) cell” that turns sunlight and water into two types of energy – hydrogen fuel and electricity. More>

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New Clues to Cut Through the Mystery of Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped scientists zero in on a low-temperature chemical mechanism that may help explain the complex molecular compounds that make up the nitrogen-rich haze layer surrounding Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. More>

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Frances Houle Elected to Board of Materials Research Society

Frances Houle, deputy director for science and research integration at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and senior scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Board members are elected by MRS members from a pool of nominees who have made exceptional contributions to MRS, materials science, and other materials organizations. Houle’s three-year term begins January 1, 2019.

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Berkeley Lab to Push Quantum Information Science Frontiers With New Programs in Computing, Physics, Materials, and Chemistry

A series of DOE Office of Science awards announced today significantly expand Berkeley Lab’s efforts in quantum information science – … More»

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Graphene-Based Catalyst Improves Peroxide Production

Hydrogen peroxide does more than lighten hair color and remove stains. It’s an important commodity chemical with a growing demand in many areas, including the electronics industry, paper recycling, and wastewater treatment. Researchers have used the Advanced Light Source to characterize a carbon-based material that makes the production of hydrogen peroxide more selective, efficient, and cost effective. More>

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Teresa Head-Gordon Named ACS Fellow

The American Chemical Society has named Teresa Head-Gordon – a faculty staff scientist in the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley – as an ACS Fellow for 2018. The new ACS Fellows will be honored at the ACS national meeting in Boston this August. More>

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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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Berkeley Chemists Win Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

The award winners include Christopher Chang, John Hartwig, Daniel Neumark, and Dean Toste, all with the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, and who hold joint appointments at UC Berkeley. The Royal Society of Chemistry chooses award winners for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education. More>

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Researchers Elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

James Demmel of the Computational Research Division, and Dean Toste and Birgitta Whaley of the Chemical Sciences Division, have been elected as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Peter Agbo Looks to Nature for Better Fuels

Just three years after joining Berkeley Lab as a postdoc, Peter Agbo — a researcher with the Chemical Sciences Division and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) — is entering the next stage of his young career. He is leading a team in the design of inorganic catalysts modeled after natural enzymes to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into fuels. More>

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