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Scientists Bring Polymers Into Atomic-Scale Focus

A Berkeley Lab-led research has adapted a powerful electron-based imaging technique to obtain a first-of-its-kind image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer. The research could ultimately inform polymer fabrication methods and lead to new designs for materials and devices that incorporate polymers. More>

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Lab’s Arielle Little Gives Talk on Exploring Quantum Materials on Nov. 16

Arielle Little of the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division will discuss the “weird and wonderful world of quantum materials” during a talk on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scarlet City Espresso Bar, at 3960 Adeline St. in Emeryville. UC Berkeley grad student Vinay Ramasesh will give a talk on “Exploring the Physics of Black Holes With Quantum Computers“ at the same event. More>

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MSD’s Irfan Siddiqi to Lead Seminar on ‘The Dawn of Quantum Processors’ Today

Irfan Siddiqi, a faculty scientist in the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and professor in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley, will give a talk on “The Dawn of Quantum Processors” on Friday, Nov. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 306 Soda Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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New Packard Fellow Leverages Time Crystals to Improve Quantum Measurement

Materials scientist Norman Yao has received a Packard Fellowship, which “allows the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.” Yao was recognized for his theoretical, numerical and experimental work to “investigate new phenomena in systems that are far from thermal equilibrium.” More>

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‘Spacesuits’ Protect Microbes Destined to Live in Space

Newly developed “spacesuits” for bacteria allow them to survive in environments that would otherwise kill them. UC Berkeley chemists — including the Lab’s Peidong Yang — have developed the protective suits to extend the bacteria’s lifespan in a unique system that pairs live bacteria with light-absorbing semiconductors to capture carbon dioxide and convert it to chemicals that can be used by industry or, someday, in space colonies. More>

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Lab Employees Recognized as American Physical Society Fellows

Congratulations to the five Berkeley Lab employees who have been elected as American Physical Society Fellows in the class of 2018. The election is based on exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise. The Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Also, two other employees received APS awards.  More>

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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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Foundry’s Sinéad Griffin Wins First Place in Inaugural Lab-Wide Research Slam

Sinéad Griffin (center), an early-career staff scientist who specializes in condensed matter physics at the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Sciences Division, won first place and a cash price of $3,000 at the first annual Lab-Wide Research Slam last Thursday. Shyam Dwaraknath (left, Energy Technologies Area) won the second-place prize of $1,500, and Michele Rosso of the Computing Sciences Area won the People’s Choice Award of $750. More>

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Lab Materials Scientists Work to Concoct the Bluest Blue Ever Created

A group of UC Berkeley students, including the Lab’s Arunima Balan and Joseph Swabeck, are working with an artist-in-residence on campus to engineer a new pigment of blue, called “Quantum Blue.” The project offers the opportunity to introduce nanoscientific principles in an accessible way to a broader audience. “People can relate to art,” Balan says. “People cannot relate to quantum dots.” 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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