Today at Berkeley Lab

Shedding New Light on Luminous Blue Variable Stars

Three-dimensional simulations run at two DOE national lab supercomputing facilities (including NERSC) and NASA have provided new insights into the behavior of a unique class of celestial bodies known as luminous blue variables — rare, massive stars that can shine up to a million times brighter than the Sun. More>

Lab Hosts Workshop Focused on Electron Microscopy

The “Future of Electron Microscopy” gathering, held Oct. 11, showcased the breadth and depth of electron microscopy at the Lab, recent advances in imaging a range of materials and biological samples, and chronicled the Lab’s pioneering history in pushing the state-of the art in atomic resolution electron microscopy. More>

Foundry 10th Anniversary Science Highlights Series: Part Three

In 2009, a world-leading aberration-corrected electron microscope, which led to groundbreaking Molecular Foundry research in atomic-resolution imaging, was developed at Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy. The next highlight will appear in tomorrow’s TABL. More>

Battery Mystery Solved: Microscopy Answers Longstanding Questions

Using complementary microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, Lab researchers Alpesh Shukla
and Colin Olphus say they have solved the structure of lithium- and manganese-rich transition
metal oxides, a potentially game-changing battery material and the subject of intense debate in
the decade since it was discovered. More>

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>

NCEM’s Andrew Minor Receives Microscopy Society’s Burton Medal

The award recognizes scientists under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis. Minor is the acting director for the National Center for Electron Microscopy and researches new techniques to characterize both organic and inorganic materials with electron microscopy.

Why Oxygen is Kryptonite to Titanium

Materials scientist Andrew Minor led a team that revealed the mechanism by which titanium becomes brittle with the addition of a few extra atoms of oxygen. This discovery could open the door to more practical, cost-effective uses of titanium, including the construction, automotive and aerospace industries. More>

Molecular Foundry and NCEM Merger Complete

As of Oct. 1, the Molecular Foundry includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM). Previously, NCEM was a separate user facility, but at the request of DOE and in response to evolving research needs, NCEM is now one of the seven facilities within the Molecular Foundry. More>

Molecular Foundry Call for Proposals is Open

The Foundry, which now includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy, is accepting proposals. The user program gives researchers access to expertise and equipment for cutting-edge nanoscience in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. Proposals are due Oct. 1. More>

Molecular Foundry/NCEM Users Meeting Draws a Crowd

Nearly 300 scientists from across the nation and around the world attended. Among the prominent speakers for the August 25-26 event included former Berkeley Lab director and Secretary of Energy Steve Chu.