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Mimicking Nature with Designer Molecules

Molecular Foundry hosts 10th Peptoid Summit for researchers who are investigating new directions in
biologically inspired polymer research, focusing on synthetic chains of molecules termed “peptoids.”

Making Polymer Chemistry 'Click'

Scientists using Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry develop fast chemistry that unlocks a new class of polymers.

Berkeley Lab Highlights Molecular Foundry Intern in Lab Video Series

Foundry intern Daniel Durham talks about his experience working at Berkeley Lab this summer.

New Results Reveal Extensive Tunability of 2-D Materials

Molecular Foundry users and scientists have developed a new method to directly measure the band gap of MoS2, which is 30% higher than expected. The study also discovered how to tune optical and electronic properties in a 2-D material.

Foundry Users Discover Unique Thermoelectric Properties in Cesium Tin Iodide.

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity – a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications.

Photo-Activated Catalyst Turns CO2 into Ingredients for Fuel

Foundry Users developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The technology could help generate fuel and other energy-rich products using a solar-powered catalyst while mitigating levels of a potent greenhouse gas.

DOE Oppenheimer Leadership Program visits the Foundry

The DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program develops the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work.

Controlling Light with Optical Metasurfaces

Industry users and Molecular Foundry scientists have created two silicon-based optical metasurfaces that are more versatile and offer more control over light than previous designs.

Spatially Resolved Multi-Color CsPbX3 Nanowire Heterojunctions via Anion Exchange

Developed a method to fabricate spatially resolved multi-color CsPbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) semiconductor nanowire heterojunctions with high resolution.

DOE's Self Assembly Efforts Embodied by Molecular Foundry Research

The Foundry's work on biomimetic polymers (a.k.a. peptoids) was used as the poster child for the DOE's self assembly portfolio. The feature article, "No Assembly Required: Nanoparticles that Put Themselves Together" talks about how DOE-supported scientists are coaxing tiny particles into making new, customized materials.

Researchers Help Thin-Film Ferroelectrics Go Extreme

Foundry staff and users team up to develop a new ferroelectric material that can operate in a greatly expanded range of temperatures and could lead to wireless communications in extreme environments.

Molecular Foundry Director, Jeff Neaton, Selected as Associate Laboratory Director

Neaton will lead Berkeley Lab's Energy Sciences Area, which includes the Molecular Foundry, ALS, Materials Sciences Division and Chemical Sciences Division. He will remain the Foundry director during the search for his successor.

Scientists Unlock the Key to Efficiently Make a New Class of Engineering Polymers

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry have developed a new process of creating polymers containing sulfate or sulfonate that is faster, easier, and cheaper than previous methods.

Jing Tao, Brookhaven National Lab

Tracing Structural Dynamics in Metastable Materials Using Ultrafast Electron Diffraction

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Advancing Battery Chemistry with Seaweed

Molecular Foundry users have made a surprising discovery that could lead to low-cost, high energy lithium-sulfur batteries. Carageenan, a seaweed derivative, stabilizes the battery chemistry and enables more cycles and an extended lifetime.

Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Probing Neural Circuits with Shaped Light

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Adam Schwartzberg, Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab

Wafer-Scale Conformal Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Other Interesting Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Chemical & Engineering News Profiles Foundry Industry User's Career Path

Industry user Xiaomei Wei and her company, X-Therma, use the Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility to investigate molecules for use in cryopreservation.

Foundry researcher is Finalist in Flame Video Challenge

The Flame Challenge asks scientists to explain concepts proposed and judged by 11-year-olds. This year’s challenge is “What is Energy?” and Foundry researcher Tev Kuykendall is among the finalists. The winner will be announced on June 4.

Bruce Clemens, Stanford University

Thin Films and Nanomaterials for Energy Applications

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Suliana Manley, EPFL

Expanding Horizons with High-Throughput Super-Resolution Microscopy

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Foundry User 'Thanks' Taxpayers for Being Angel Investors

Industry user Raymond Weitekamp thanks American taxpayers for supporting facilities like the Molecular Foundry. His company, polySpectra, uses light-activated catalysts to 3D print advanced functional materials.

Jamie Garcia, IBM Research — Almaden

Waste Plastics for New Materials Production: Design and Reversibility in Polymer Networks

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Scientists Print Nanoscale Imaging Probe onto Tip of Optical Fiber

Industry users and Molecular Foundry scientists have developed a way to bring mass fabrication to nano-optical devices.

NASA Astronaut, Kate Rubins, Comes to LBL on May 11

Hosted by the Foundry and JGI, Dr. Rubins will speak (5/11, 10am, Bldg. 50 Auditorium) about her time sequencing DNA in microgravity on the International Space Station (ISS).

IEEE Spectrum Features Foundry's Stefano Cabrini

Cabrini's expertise in nanofabrication and nanophotonics, especially in the emerging fields of metamaterials and plasmonics, has lead to the production of intricately fabricated near-field probes.

Nanoscale Imaging Probe Printed onto Tip of Optical Fiber

Industry users and Molecular Foundry scientists have developed a way to print nano-optical devices onto the tip of a glass fiber.

Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

Molecular Foundry staff and users have, for the first time, directly characterized the 200 femtosecond electron movements of a chemical reaction’s transient state.

Phase Transition in Cesium Lead Iodide Nanowires

Systematic study of the phase transition of one-dimensional CsPbI3 nanowires and corresponding structural, optical and electrical properties

Molecular Foundry Spring/Summer Seminar Series Begins May 9.

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Javier Vela from Iowa State University will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

Javier Vela, Iowa State University

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Chemistry of Materials for Clean Energy: Ternary Phosphides and Organolead Halide Perovskites

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Building 66 Auditorium

Alexie Kolpak, MIT

Atomic-Scale Engineering of Interface Phenomena for Renewable Energy Applications

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Coming to a Lab Bench Near You: Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

The ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a reaction important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes have been captured and, for the first time, directly characterized using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy by staff and users of the Molecular Foundry.

The Molecular Foundry's Teresa Williams Visits Kenya as Part of International TechWomen Delegation

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in STEM fields from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S.

Science in 360°: SPLEEM

Meet the Molecular Foundry's SPLEEM (Spin-Polarized Low Energy Electron Microscope), one of the few electron microscopes worldwide that can image magnetization in 3-D, which is key to improving materials for computer memory devices. Drag the video while it is playing to view this unique space at any angle.

New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future

Molecular Foundry staff and users have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. This high-throughput materials discovery approach puts solar fuels on the fast track to commercial viability.

Nanoparticle Surfactants for Structured Liquid Processing

Developed a revolutionary materials platform for the continuous production of discrete, responsive, and reconfigurable all-liquid systems.

High-Throughput Materials Discovery Approach Puts Solar Fuels on the Fast Track to Commercial Viability

Molecular Foundry staff and users have developed a process that in just two years has nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels.

Science in 360°: HERMAN, the Nanoparticle Robot

Say hello to HERMAN (High-throughput Experimentation Robot for the Multiplexed Automation of Nanochemistry), a robot at the Molecular Foundry that accelerates nanoparticle synthesis for a wide range of applications such as biosensors, smart window coatings, and display technologies. Drag the video while it is playing to view this unique space at any angle.

Science in 360°: Molecular Foundry Cleanroom

Experience the Foundry's cleanroom, where scientists make tiny devices such as antennas and sensors in a space that is nearly devoid of dust. Drag the video while it is playing to view this unique space at any angle.

Scientists Determine Precise 3-D Location and Identity of All 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

Foundry users partner with staff to map iron-platinum particle in unprecedented detail using one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes.

Silvia Vignolini, University of Cambridge

Cellulose Photonics: from Nature to Applications

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

Foundry users and staff find law-breaking property in vanadium dioxide that could lead to applications in thermoelectrics, window coatings.

Akif Tezcan, UC San Diego

Chemical Control of Protein Self-Assembly

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Guanying Chen, Harbin Institute of Technology

Dye-Sensitized Lanthanide-Doped Inorganic Core/Shell Nanostructures in the Near Infrared Range

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Electricity Found to Flow Without the Heat in Novel Material

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.

Researchers Reveal Atomic Structure of Nanoparticle in Unprecedented Detail

Molecular Foundry scientists and users determine the precise 3D location and identity of all 23,000 atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle.

Bill David, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and University of Oxford

The Role of Lithium Ion Conductivity in Sustainable Energy Systems: Lithium Batteries and Beyond

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Diversity and Inclusion Posters Developed

The Molecular Foundry's newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Committee recently developed four posters encouraging respect, mentorship, inclusiveness, work-life balance and conversation. The posters feature thought-provoking quotes from historical figures Marie Curie, Mildred Dresselhaus, Rene Dubos and Barack Obama.

John Randall, Zyvex Labs

Digital Atomic-Scale Fabrication and the Path to Manufacturing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Foundry Users Among Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

Raymond Weitekamp and Richard Wang of Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road are among the innovators on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list that honors “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” across 20 different industries.

Yang Yang, UCLA

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Interface and Intermediate Phases Engineering for Achieving Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Building 66 Auditorium

Mark Kasevich, Stanford University

Multi-Pass Electron Microscopy

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Molecular Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 17

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Yang Yang from UCLA will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

Solar Water-Splitting Materials From the Bottom-Up

Indium Phosphide nanowires were grown and utilized as a light absorbing photocathode for solar-driven water splitting.

David Limmer, UC Berkeley

Rare but Important Charge Fluctuations at Solid-Electrolyte Interfaces

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Foundry Researchers Model the Self-Assembly of Particles into Specific Geometrical Arrangements

For the first time, researchers have simulated particles that can spontaneously self-assemble into networks that form geometrical arrangements called Archimedean tilings.

Atomic Structure of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires

Revealed the atomic structure, defect, strain, and surface characters of ultrathin Au nanowires.

Molecular Foundry Staff Retreat to the Redwoods

For the first time as an independent division, Molecular Foundry research and operations staff gathered for a two-day retreat at the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland hills.

The Molecular Foundry Returns to Capitol Hill

In December, Director Jeff Neaton and two Molecular Foundry users led a group to Washington D.C. to educate key members of Congress and staff about the DOE nanoscience user facilities.

Former Foundry Director Writes About Safety

In a recent editorial in ACS Central Science, former Foundry Director, Carolyn Bertozzi, talked about the ingredients for a positive safety culture.

Molecular Foundry Featured in The Vortex

The monthly magazine included an article by the Foundry's Ron Zuckermann in its December issue. The Vortex is published by the California Section of the American Chemical Society.

Foundry's Jeff Urban Among Winners of Nano-Micro Letters Researcher Award 2016

The NML Researcher Award was established to recognize research excellence in the field of nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in last three years.

Another Year, Another Victory for Foundry Scientist

Foundry staff scientist Steve Whitelam won the Berkeley Lab Runaround for the fifth time in November. The annual event features a 3 km course through the Lab's hilly campus. Whitelam, a member of the Theory Facility, finished with a time of 9:42.

A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

A team of Molecular Foundry scientists and users have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons.

Solar Cells Get Boost with Integration of Water-Splitting Catalyst onto Semiconductor

Molecular Foundry staff and users develop approach that could lead to more stable and efficient artificial photosystems.

Lasing and Anti-Lasing in a Single Cavity

We experimentally demonstrated lasing and anti-lasing at the same frequency in a single device.

Spectroscopic elucidation of energy transfer in hybrid inorganic–biological organisms

Two pathways facilitate electron and light energy transfer from semiconductor to bacterium as concluded using time-resolved spectroscopy and biochemical analysis.

Anisotropic phase segregation and migration of Pt in nanocrystals en route to nanoframe catalysts

Control of nanoscopic segregation of the elements in Pt-Ni rhombic dodecahedra (RD) was discovered to create a 3-D Pt3Ni nanoframe.

Composition Tunable and Highly Luminescent Cesium Lead Halide Nanowires through Anion-exchange Reactions

By combining a facial solution method with a post-synthetic approach, brightly emitting colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) nanowires with uniform diameter and tunable composition have been successfully synthesized.

Ultrathin Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

Highly uniform single crystal ultrathin CsPbBr3 nanowires with diameter of 2.2 nm and length up to several microns were successfully synthesized and purified using a catalyst-free colloidal method.

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