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>
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>
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>
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>
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.
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>
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>
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.