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Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry and ALS observed, for the first time, a quantum property known as “chirality” in cadmium arsenide.

MoS2 transistors with 1-nanometer gate lengths

Demonstration of the shortest gate length transistor using a MoS2 channel and ~ 1 nm diameter single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) gate.

Ulrike Wegst, Dartmouth College

The Science and Art of Freeze Casting: From Ice Crystal Nucleation and Growth to Biomedical and Energy Materials, and Edibles

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Local Stress Sensing using Tetrapod Nanocrystals

Tetrapod nanocrystal stress sensors have been embedded into structural films and simultaneous opto-mechanical tensile testing revealed new sensing modalities with orders of magnitude improved sensitivity to detect stress.

Mike Hagan, Brandeis University

Unexpected Ordered Phases in Active Matter Systems

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

Berkeley Lab-led research facilitated by the Molecular Foundry breaks major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

Scientific Diplomacy: Berkeley Lab Hosts 2016 TechWomen

The Molecular Foundry's Teresa Williams co-hosted two emerging leaders through the State Department’s mentoring program, which is designed to foster a global network of female scientists.

Berkley Lab Profiles the Molecular Foundry's Deirdre Olynick for National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Today, 55 million people or 17 percent of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

Mysterious quantum properties in cadmium arsenide point to new applications in electronics. The crystal samples were crafted at the Molecular Foundry and their 3-D structure was detailed using x-rays at the Advanced Light Source.

Two Industrial Users of the Molecular Foundry Highlighted by Fortune Magazine

Article entitled, "Energy Entrepreneurs Chart a New Path in the Wake of the Cleantech Crash" features the work of two companies supported through Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road program.

Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source to Play Role in New NSF-Funded Center

The National Science Foundation’s newly announced five-year awards for Science and Technology Centers include a Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging to improve nano- and atomic-scale imaging, involving the Foundry’s Andy Minor, ALS’s Roger Falcone and several other Foundry scientists.

Nanoscale Tetrapods Could Provide Early Warning of a Material’s Failure

Molecular Foundry staff and users partner to develop a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field.

Foundry User Profiled by RSC News

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) provides Researcher Mobility Grants to assist early career researchers with their research. Hannah Bolt used the program to facilitate her time in the Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility.

Christopher Dames, UC Berkeley

Heat Transfer in Nanomaterials

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Subatomic Microscopy Key to Building New Classes of Materials

Molecular Foundry users from Penn State University and Cornell University have worked with staff to describe the first atomic scale evidence for strain-induced ferroelectricity in a layered oxide.

Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University

One Photon, Two Photons, Red Photon, Blue photon: Upconverters for Efficient Solar Harvesting and Biological Force Sensing

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Molecular Foundry User Featured in MIT's Technology Review

Cyclotron Road’s Kendra Kuhl Featured in ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ for 2016.

Foundry Staff and User Team to Win ARPA-E IONICS Funding

The award was given to a group that included Cyclotron Road's Sepion Technologies, a start up company built on battery membrane technology developed at the Molecular Foundry by staff scientist Brett Helms and user Peter Frischmann.

Stanley Love, NASA

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Building 66 Auditorium

Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins September 13

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

Five Nanoscience Research Projects That Could Deliver Big Results

Berkeley Lab researchers are on the cutting edge of nanoscience. In a list of five high-impact nanoscience projects identified by Berkeley Lab, four came from work at the Molecular Foundry. This list ended with a video produced by the Molecular Foundry that was recently highlighted on the Department of Energy's website.

Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

The Molecular Foundry's Ron Zuckermann is among the researchers featured in Scientific American.

Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Foundry staff and users to take advantage of DOE’s advanced supercomputer capabilities.

A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

Molecular Foundry users show how metal-organic frameworks provide a new platform for solving the structure of hard-to-study samples.

Foundry Users Create ‘Second Skin’ for Protection from Biological and Chemical Agents

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists working at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry and ALS has created a material that is highly breathable yet protective from potential warfare agents.

Discovery Could Dramatically Boost Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells

Nanoscale images by researchers at the Molecular Foundry yield surprise that could push efficiency to 31 percent.

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of electrodes made with the compound vanadium pentoxide.

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of staff and users working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of a material considered key to the next generation of batteries.

Foundry User Participates in Regional Cancer Moonshot Summit

Molecular Foundry user Ambika Bumb recently participated in a Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

Boosted Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells to 31 Percent

A multidisciplinary team of staff and users at the Molecular Foundry are now able to differentiate high performing areas on perovskite solar cells that approach the material’s theoretical energy conversion limit of 31%

New Properties Discovered in a 2-D Semiconductor

Scientists at the Molecular Foundry, in collaboration with researchers at the ALS, have found that linear defects in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) create one-atom thick metallic wires that cross the otherwise intact semiconductor.

Observation of Polarization Vortices in Complex Oxide Superlattices

Identified the existence of non-uniform polarization vortex states in a ferroelectric material

New Discovery By Foundry Users Could Better Predict How Semiconductors Weather Abuse

Research by JCAP scientists could speed development of solar-fuel generators.

New Chemical ‘Sponges’ Designed to Soak Up Toxic Cancer-fighting Drugs After Targeting Tumors

Foundry users develop new tools to capture chemotherapy drugs before they circulate throughout the body

Ron Zuckermann Joins Panel Discussion Featuring DOE "Makers"

Zuckermann has developed 3D molecular models of polypeptide chains, which can be 3D-printed as objects that demonstrate protein folding. His "Peppytides" were featured at the 2016 Maker Faire that was attended by over 100,000 inventors, tinkerers and hobbyists

Saudi Minister of Energy Visits Molecular Foundry

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the Chairman of Aramco Board of Directors toured the Molecular Foundry earlier this month, accompanied by DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr.

Foundry User Profiled by MRS

Roger York’s MRS INTERSECTIONS article highlights how investments in materials science, such as those that support the Molecular Foundry, pay off in ways that the general public and especially our elected officials can relate to.

Mike Mills, The Ohio State University

Revealing the Mechanisms of Deformation in Structural Materials Using Advanced Characterization Techniques

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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The Atlantic Features Work of Foundry User Long Now Foundation

Laura Welcher, the head of the Rosetta Project at the Long Now Foundation, is working at the Foundry to find a way to protect microscopic nickel lettering that aims to preserve human culture for 10,000 years.

Anne Milasincic Andrews, UCLA

Chemical Neurotransmission and Functional Nanomaterials

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Ozgur Sahin, Columbia University

Microbe-Powered Machines: Harnessing Water Confinement in Biological Nanostructures

Thursday, June 9, 2016
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Molecular Foundry Scientists Discover Surprising New Properties in a 2-D Semiconductor

The group discovered that a linear defect formed by a line of missing selenium atoms within transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) can create one-atom thick metallic wire that cross the otherwise intact semiconductor like veins.

Highlights video and pictures from the Molecular Foundry's 10th Anniversary Posted

Three minute video captures interviews and images from the full day celebratory event. Webpage also includes over 50 photographs and a compilation of stories from the event.

Donglin Jiang, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Covalent Organic Frameworks: Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Ondrej Krivanek, Nion

Atomic-Resolution and Vibrational Studies of Materials by Aberration-Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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The Foundry's Jim Ciston Wins DOE Early Career Award

The award will support that development of MAPSTER Microscopy, which aims to simultaneously map multiple material properties at the atomic scale using a new generation of high‐speed detectors

Christopher Kemper Ober, Cornell University

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Fifty Years of Moore's Law – Towards Fabrication at Molecular Dimensions

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Building 66 Auditorium

Frank van Veggel, University of Victoria

On the Optical and Magnetic Properties of Ln3+ Based Nanoparticles for Bio-Imaging

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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Foundry and ALS Hire Joint Project Scientist

Mike Brady tasked with developing capabilities and collaboration between staff and users of the two Berkeley Lab user facilities

Seeing Atoms and Molecules in Action with an Electron ‘Eye’

Berkeley Lab's HiRES to provide new views of material changes, chemical reactions

Carbon Nanotubes Move into the Fast Lane

Foundry users show that carbon nanotubes, as small as eight-tenths of a nanometer in diameter, can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude.

Molecular Foundry Symposium Highlights 10 Years of Achievements

Ten years after the dedication of Berkeley Lab’s nanoscience-focused Molecular Foundry building, which unites seven multidisciplinary facilities for staff and visiting scientists, 250 people turned out on March 24 for a scientific symposium celebrating the Foundry’s progress.

Jean-Luc Bredas, KAUST

On the Nature of Polymer/Fullerene Intermolecular Interactions and their Impact on the Performance of Organic Solar Cells

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Superlattices Patterned by Polymers

Staff and users at the Molecular Foundry, as well as the ALS, have shown that self-assembled superlattices, made up of nanoparticles with polymer chains grafted onto their surfaces, can be tailored to exhibit desired characteristics for applications ranging from nano- to biotechnology.

Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D

An international team of staff and users working at the Molecular Foundry has captured the first high-resolution 3D images from individual double-helix DNA segments attached at either end to gold nanoparticles

Electron Microscopy Discovers Peptoid Crystalline Nanotubes

Electron micrographs of amphiphilic peptoids in water reveal crystalline nanotubes with exposed hydrophobic groups.

New Carbon Capture Membrane Creates CO2 Highways

Molecular Foundry scientists, working with the ALS, have developed a hybrid polymer-MOF membrane that is eight times more CO2 permeable than membranes composed only of the polymer.

New Fuel Cell Design Powered by Graphene-wrapped Nanocrystals

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have partnered with the ALS to develop a new material recipe for a battery-like hydrogen fuel cell.

Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D

First-of-their-kind images by Molecular Foundry research team could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices

Porous Framework Electrocatalysts Are Key to Carbon Dioxide Conversion

Research performed by users of the ALS and the Molecular Foundry gives rise to an entirely new basis in which to develop electrocatalysts for converting captured carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products such as fuels, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.

Nature-Inspired Nanotubes That Assemble Themselves, With Precision

Molecular Foundry staff and users collaborate to discover another design principle for building nanostructures

Molecular Foundry's 10th Anniversary on ABC News

Story features Director Jeff Neaton, Congressman Mike Honda and users Steve Chu and Jeff Grossman

Congressman Mike Honda Celebrates Molecular Foundry 10th Anniversary

“I am so proud of all that we have accomplished in the nanoscience world, thanks to the efforts of the researchers and scientists that have come through the Molecular Foundry,” said Honda.

Message From Director Witherell on Molecular Foundry Anniversary

Berkeley Lab Director calls Foundry a "scientific powerhouse"

World Journal, Nation's Largest Chinese Language Newspaper Covers Foundry Anniversary Event

Title of the article reads, "Steven Louie: Pushing forward the frontier of nanotechnology research and creating jobs"

Molecular Foundry 10th Anniversary Symposium and Dinner

On March 24, 2016, the Molecular Foundry will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the dedication of its iconic building with a full day scientific symposium and dinner event. Information on how to attend this event will be distributed broadly in the coming weeks.

New Carbon Capture Membrane Boasts CO2 Highways

Hybrid materials, developed at the Molecular Foundry, could lead to cheaper ways to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions.

New Fuel Cell Design Powered by Graphene-wrapped Nanocrystals

Innovation by Molecular Foundry researchers could lead to faster fueling, improved performance for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

New Imaging Technique Able to See Elements that are ‘Invisible’ to Common Methods

Molecular Foundry scientists have developed a new imaging technique that greatly improves images of light elements using fewer electrons.

Experiment shows magnetic chips could dramatically increase computing's energy efficiency

Engineers using the Molecular Foundry have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can operate with the lowest fundamental level of energy dissipation possible under the laws of thermodynamics.

New Form of Electron-beam Imaging Can See Elements that are ‘Invisible’ to Common Methods

Molecular Foundry-pioneered ‘MIDI-STEM’ produces high-resolution views of lightweight atoms

Highest Resolution Calibration Tool Created

Industrial users at the Molecular Foundry have created the highest resolution calibration tool with feature sizes of 1.5 nanometers, a breakthrough that won an R&D100 Award.

Molecular Self-Assembly in a Poorly Screened Environment: F4TCNQ on Graphene/BN

Using the Molecular Foundry, researchers show that charged molecules that would normally repel one another have been observed to attract each other on graphene due to a novel self-assembly mechanism

Lasing in Robust Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

Molecular Foundry users achieve stable, high performance lasing in perovskite-based cesium lead halide nanowires (NWs).

Self- photosensitization of Nonphotosynthetic Bacteria for Solar-to-Chemical Production

Molecular Foundry users induced the nonphotosynthetic, CO2 reducing bacterium M. thermoacetica to precipitate cadmium sulfide nanoparticles which serve as light harvesters to enable photosynthetic production of acetic acid.

Direct growth of single crystalline III-V semiconductors on amorphous substrates

Molecular Foundry users worked with staff to develop a new growth method, templated liquid phase (TLP) crystal growth, for growing patterned single crystalline III-V’s on amorphous substrates

Efficient silicon solar cells with dopant-free asymmetric heterocontacts

Demonstration of efficient crystalline silicon solar cells by Molecular Foundry users and staff without the use of doped-silicon layers or regions.

Modular Design of Ordered Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites

Molecular Foundry staff and users create a diverse array of self-assembled binary superlattices using polymer-grafted nanocrystals as the colloidal building blocks.

Foundry Users Developing Paint-on Coating for Energy Efficient Windows

Low-cost coating is based on brush block copolymers that rapidly self-assemble to photonics crystals and could disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity.

Modernizing a Technology From the Vacuum Tube Era To Generate Cheap Power

Foundry users look to thermionic energy conversion to provide clean and efficient power generation.

Mr. Espresso Visits the Molecular Foundry

Carlo Di Ruocco, the Founder and CEO of the coffee maker company, Mr. Espresso, visited the Foundry to discuss the art of brewing the perfect cup of espresso.

‘Lasers Rewired’: Scientists Find a New Way to Make Nanowire Lasers

Molecular Foundry users have found a simple new way to produce nanoscale wires that can serve as tiny, tunable lasers.

Will Dichtel, Cornell University

Noncovalent Binding and Dynamic Bonding in Crosslinked Polymer Networks

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Research Team Creates a High-efficiency Solar Cell in 7 Steps

An international team of researchers working at the Molecular Foundry has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design.

Molecular Foundry and ALS Users, aBeam Technologies, Make Metrology History

The research team develops the finest metrology tool in the world, utilizing a fabricated pattern with line widths down to 1.5 nanometers.

Joshua Robinson, Pennsylvania State University

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Growth in the Flatland

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Building 66 Auditorium

Oleg Prezhdo, USC

Quantum Dots – Artificial Atoms, Large Molecules or Small Pieces of Bulk? Insights from Time-Domain Ab Initio Studies

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Polar Vortices Observed in Ferroelectric

A team of Foundry staff and users have recorded the first-ever observations of rotating topologies of electrical polarization in ferroelectric materials, a finding that could impact ultracompact data storage and processing and the production of new states of matter.

Spectroscopy of Supercapacitor Electrodes In Operando

Users of the Molecular Foundry, ALS and NERSC have developed a more complete understanding of the processes involved in energy storage during charging of the electrode/electrolyte interface of a supercapacitor.

Quantum Dot Research Featured in ‘NBC Learn’ Video

Developed by NBC and the NSF, the video looks at former Foundry director and current user Paul Alivisatos’ pioneering quantum dot research, some of which was performed at the Molecular Foundry.

Molecular Foundry's Michael Connolly ‘Safes the Day’ Every Day

Michael Connolly is a super hero when it comes to spreading safety culture to the diverse users that conduct work at the Molecular Foundry. He recently won the latest Hero Card raffle that recognizes the heroes that help promote safety at Berkeley Lab.

Molecular Foundry Launches Bay Cam

New webcam captures the expansive views from the Foundry of the San Francisco Bay Area that serve to fuel the imagination and build connections among the center's diverse research community.

Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 19

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Joshua Robinson from Penn St. University will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on February 16.

Sarah Burke, University of British Columbia

Electronic Landscapes of Molecular Nanostructures: Mapping States for Charge Transfer with Pixel-by-Pixel Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopy

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Igal Brener, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia-Los Alamos National Laboratories

Active Dielectric and Metallic Metasurfaces: Strong Coupling, Tuning and Nonlinearities

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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Michael Hecht, Princeton University

Sustaining Life with Genes and Proteins Designed De Novo

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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How to Train Your Bacterium

Users of the Molecular Foundry teach bacterium to perform photosynthesis – despite being non-photosynthetic – and also to synthesize semiconductor nanoparticles in a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system for converting sunlight into valuable chemical products.

Foundry User Advocates for a New Era of Federal Funding for Nanoscience

Ambika Bumb, CEO of Bikanta, has published an Op-Ed in TechCrunch describing the benefits of federal investments in basic nanoscience research like those that support the Molecular Foundry

2D Islands in Graphene Hold Promise for Future Device Fabrication

Molecular Foundry user research could help improve graphene electronics.

Foundry's Ron Zuckermann Speaks at UCSB about Building Relationships

The UCSB group, Graduate Students for Diversity in Science, hosted Dr. Zuckermann to discuss his experiences with mentees and collaborators.

Updated Strategic Plan Available

The Molecular Foundry's five-year strategic plan has been updated to reflect recent hires, equipment acquisitions and programs. The plan is designed to provide a framework that guides Foundry-wide initiatives and priorities.