Today at Berkeley Lab

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>

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>

Sleuthing for Possible Path to Formation of Life’s Building Blocks in Space

Scientists have used experiments at Berkeley Lab to retrace the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space. They showed pathways to forming 2-D, carbon-based nanostructures in a mix of heated gases. More>

How Carolin Sutter-Fella Turned ‘Major’ Change Into a Successful Science Career

Carolin Sutter-Fella once counted on a future in business and economics. But while completing a certification program in banking, she realized that field wasn’t for her. She liked math, however, so switched her major to physics. Today, as an Early Career Laboratory-Directed Research and Development awardee, she’s seeking a better way to synthesize semiconductors. More>

Studying Gas Mask Filters So People Can Breathe Easier

How do gas masks work? Berkeley Lab scientists are using X-rays to study how gas masks developed during World War I are able to handle modern chemical warfare agents. What they learn could eventually lead to more advanced gas masks for both military and civilian use. More>

Nov. 8 Pat Durbin/Burris Cunningham Lecture Features Ken Raymond

Ken Raymond of the Chemical Sciences Division will discuss “Metal Ion Specific Complexing Agents” at the Pat Durbin and Burris Cunningham Memorial Lecture on Nov. 8 in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m. The lecture series, hosted by the Glenn T. Seaborg Center, honors the seminal work of Pat Durbin and Burris Cunningham.

Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use. More>

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

In a big step toward sun-powered fuel production, scientists at Berkeley Lab have used artificial photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons at efficiencies greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel. More>

Scientists Developing Innovative Techniques for High-Resolution Analysis of Hybrid Materials

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a new method of analyzing the molecular-scale structure of organo-lead halide perovskites, a promising class of materials that could energize the solar cell industry. They combined advanced X-ray spectroscopy measurements with calculations based on fundamental, “first principles” theory to obtain an atomic-scale view of the material. More>

Five Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Lab recipients include Nick Bouskill, Charlie Koven, and Neslihan Taş Baas of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Qiang Du of Engineering, and Mariam Kiran of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Additionally, Lin Lin of the Computational Research Division and Eric Neuscamman of the Chemical Sciences Division received Early Career awards through UC Berkeley. More>