Today at Berkeley Lab

Nanocrystals Get Better When They Double Up With MOFs

Researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have designed a dual-purpose material out of a self-assembling MOF (metal-organic framework)-nanocrystal hybrid that could one day be used to store carbon dioxide emissions and to manufacture renewable fuels. More>

Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 15

The Molecular Foundry’s winter seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience. Seminars are on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. The first talk takes place on Jan. 15, featuring the Lab’s Karen Davies, who will discuss “Cryo-electron Tomography to Understand Nanoscale Structures in Cells.” Go here to see the full line-up of talks.

Foundry, ALS Host Successful Warm Coat Drive

This winter, the Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source joined forces to help keep the community warm. Together, the two user facilities collected 93 coats to donate to Alameda County Social Services Agency. Staff from the Foundry and ALS delivered the coats to the agency in Oakland before the holiday break.

Researchers Use Jiggly Jell-O to Make Powerful New Hydrogen Fuel Catalyst

A cheap and effective new catalyst can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best — but also most expensive — water-splitting catalyst out there. The catalyst is manufactured using a self-assembly process that relies on a surprising ingredient: gelatin, the material that gives Jell-O its jiggle. This research study was co-authored by Lab researchers Nathan Hohman and Chenhui Zhu. More>

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>

Foundry Announces 2018 NanoArt Image Contest Winners

In celebration of National Nano Day, the Molecular Foundry User Community and the general public have selected the winners of the Foundry’s 2018 NanoArt Image Contest. The top three placements in each category will be professionally printed and displayed in the Molecular Foundry’s lobby in Building 67. More>

Molecular Foundry Webcam Provides Bay View Even if You Don’t Have One

Not everyone at the Lab is fortunate enough to have a view, let alone windows. Not to worry … those who want to catch a glimpse of the beautiful vistas offered by the Lab’s hillside location can check out the Molecular Foundry’s webcam. Speaking of views, the Lab’s Robert Saye took this stunning photo, which blends two shots, one taken at noon and the other at 7 p.m.

Last Day to Vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest

Today is the last day to cast your vote to help choose the People’s Choice winner in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest. The contest is part of the Foundry’s National NanoDay celebration. Check out the entries and cast your vote here.

Join the Molecular Foundry in Celebrating #NationalNanoDay

The Molecular Foundry is celebrating #NationalNanoDay on social media. Tune in for the live YouTube broadcast from the Molecular Foundry that starts at 10:09 a.m. today. You can also vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest and help select the People’s Choice. Winning entries will be printed and displayed at the Molecular Foundry. More>

Lab Connections to 2018 Nobel Prize Winners

The scientific background report accompanying the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics — won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland — discussed R&D led by Wim Leemans at the Lab’s BELLA Center on laser-driven plasma accelerators. Also, Frances Arnold of Caltech, one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, has connections to the Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, JBEI, and the Biosciences Area. More>