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Foundry Industry User Etosha Cave Named One of 7x7 Magazine's "Hot 20" List of Bay Area Innovators

Opus 12 is working to develop an industrial-scale reactor that has the power to upcycle CO2 waste. Using only water and electricity, they transform CO2 into new products.

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Opportunities for scientific innovation at the water-energy nexus.

The Foundry’s Jeff Urban reviews how developing technologies could impact future water and energy use.

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New Studies on Disordered Cathodes May Provide Much-Needed Jolt to Lithium Batteries

Foundry users report major progress in cathodes made with so-called “disordered” materials, a promising new type of lithium battery.

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Foundry welcomes the winners of the 2017 Inno'Cup Jr

The winners of this year's competition for young innovators in France visited the Foundry as part of their first prize trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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Work by Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann Featured in News Magazines

New simulations suggest that life's first molecule was a protein, not RNA, and Zuckermann's work with peptoids may be able to prove it. His work has been featured in Scientific American and Quanta Magazine.

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Foundry Hosts International Group of Journalists

On Oct. 29, the Foundry hosted a group international journalists who were attending the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists.

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Foundry Scientists Solve a Magnesium Mystery in Rechargeable Battery Performance

Foundry scientists have discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could steer the design of next-gen batteries.

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Industry user PepsiCo Explores Future Food Products

Global food and beverage giant PepsiCo has been using the Foundry to explore some useful and novel solutions for barrier enhancement in their flexible packaging materials.

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Screening for Disease or Toxins in a Drop of Blood

Foundry industry users developed a multinozzle emitter array, a silicon chip that can dramatically shorten the time it takes to identify molecular components within small volumes of biological samples, such as blood or urine.

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Foundry's Peter Ercius is Recipient of a 2017 Director's Early Scientific Career Award

The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Berkeley Lab employees. Each year, Lab employees submit nominations, which are then reviewed by a Lab-wide Director’s Awards committee.

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Foundry Welcomes 2017 TechWomen Delegates and Hosts Tunisian Researcher

The Foundry's Teresa Williams is once again hosting an emerging leader through the State Department’s mentoring program, designed to foster a global network of female scientists.

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Reimagining Hydrogen: A Small Molecule with Large-Scale Ideas

Foundry researchers pursue low-cost, efficient technologies for hydrogen storage

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Foundry Work Brings Nobel-Winning Cryo-EM Into Sharper Focus

Advances in detector technology made at the Foundry's National Center for Electron Microscopy played a key role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, honoring the development of cryo-EM.

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Nanoparticle Supersoap Creates ‘Bijel’ With Potential as Sculptable Fluid

Foundry users and scientists used nanoparticle surfactants to create a new type of “bijel,” a material that holds promise as a malleable liquid with applications in liquid circuitry, energy conversion, and soft robotics.

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Foundry users share their #myfoundrystory

Join us on social media this week, and on Mondays through our fall proposal cycle, to hear Foundry users share their #myfoundrystory. At the 2017 Annual User Meeting, users recorded videos highlighting the research they do, why they use the Foundry, and what they love about the Foundry and Berkeley Lab.

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Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

Molecular Foundry users have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.

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First demonstration of efficient, light-powered production of fuel via artificial photosynthesis

In a big step toward sun-powered fuel production, Molecular Foundry users have used artificial photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons at efficiencies greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

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New Study on Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals Makes Inroads Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

A study led by Molecular Foundry researchers provides insight into the atomic details of the crystals’ ultrathin coating and how it serves as selective shielding while enhancing their performance in hydrogen storage.

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Bringing Atomic Mapping to the Mainstream

Mapping the internal atomic structure of nanoparticles just got easier thanks to a new computer algorithm and graphical user interface. The advancement brings a new tool to the field of electron tomography that may expand the usefulness of techniques used to assemble detailed 3-D images by scanning them with a beam of electrons.

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Foundry Hosts Family Fun Day

Over one hundred people attended the Molecular Foundry’s first ever family science day and ice cream social. The event was organized and hosted by the Molecular Foundry’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in an effort to bring together the diverse community of staff, users, postdocs, students, and their families.

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Formation of a Photovoltaic Material from Precursor to Crystal

Foundry users determine how lead iodide perovskite thin films form in real time, from the liquid precursor stage through crystallization.

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Foundry Users Fine-Tune System to Create ‘Syngas’ from CO2

Foundry users have developed a new recipe for creating synthesis gas mixtures, or syngas, that involves adding a pinch of copper atoms sprinkled atop a gold surface.

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Molecular Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins September 12

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

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X-ray Footprinting Solves Mystery of Metal-Breathing Protein

Molecular Foundry scientists have discovered the details of an unconventional coupling between a bacterial protein and a mineral that allows the bacterium to breathe when oxygen is not available.

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Scientists Bring Visual ‘Magic’ to Light

Foundry users Magic Leap Inc., working with Foundry scientists, have developed new, versatile ways to control and enhance the light-bending properties of synthetic optical nanostructures.

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Scientists Developing Innovative Techniques for High-Resolution Analysis of Hybrid Materials

In an effort to better study a promising class of materials that could energize the solar cell industry, Molecular Foundry users have developed a new method of analyzing the material’s molecular-scale structure.

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New Results Reveal High Tunability of 2-D Material

A science team at the Molecular Foundry has precisely measured some previously obscured properties of moly sulfide, a 2-D semiconducting material also known as molybdenum disulfide or MoS2. The team also revealed a powerful tuning mechanism and an interrelationship between its electronic and optical, or light-related, properties.

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New Model of Chemical Building Blocks May Help Explain Origins of Life

A research team from the Molecular Foundry and Stony Brook University have developed a computational model explaining how certain molecules fold and bind together to grow longer and more complex, leading from simple chemicals to primitive biological molecules. The research gives a testable hypothesis about early prebiotic polymers and their evolution.

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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.”

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Berkeley Lab Highlights Molecular Foundry Intern in Lab Video Series

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

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Making Polymer Chemistry 'Click'

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NASA Astronaut, Kate Rubins, Comes to Berkeley Lab on May 11

Hosted by the Molecular Foundry and the JGI, Dr. Rubins will speak at 10 am on May 11 in the Building 50 Auditorium about her time sequencing DNA in microgravity on the International Space Station (ISS). Her talk will be followed by a seminar detailing how LBL scientists can take advantage of research opportunities on the ISS.

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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.

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

TechWomen, a mentoring and exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S. Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

Molecular Foundry staff and users develop a method that can help scientists learn new ways to boost photovoltaic efficiency.

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Foundry Industry User, Nano Hydrophobics, takes Best of Show in Valley Entrepreneur Showcase at the Central Valley Venture Forum

Nano Hydrophobics uses the Foundry to investigate nano-scopic coatings, which can prevent natural-occuring fouling on heat transfer surfaces. They have developed a nearly 200-nanometer thin, nano-composite polymer coating that provides surfaces with extremely low surface energy.

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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.

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Molecular Foundry Researchers Account for Two of Berkeley Lab's Five R&D 100 Awards

Presented by R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 Awards recognize the year’s top 100 technology products. The Foundry's Brett Helms, along with user Ashok Gadgil, of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, were among the winners.

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We Gather Here Today to Join Lasers and Anti-Lasers

Molecular Foundry users have, for the first time, achieved both lasing and anti-lasing in a single device. Their findings lay the groundwork for developing a new type of integrated device with the flexibility to operate as a laser, an amplifier, a modulator, and a detector.

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Molecular Foundry Industry User Named One of "10 Start-Ups to Watch" by Chemical & Engineering News

PolySpectra uses 3D stereolithographic printing to rapidly form stable and durable parts with fine details. They use the Organic and Inorganic facilities at the Foundry to produce and analyze photo-activated polymers with unique structural properties.

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Workshop Focuses in on Electron Microscopy

A “Future Electron Microscopy” workshop was held at Berkeley Lab to showcase the breadth and depth of electron microscopy and highlight the many opportunities that could come from integrating capabilities across the Laboratory.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Bumb spoke about her company Bikanta, which uses nanoscale diamonds to accurately locate and treat cancer cells in a targeted manner, as well as the importance of federally funded national user facilities.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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HIGHLIGHTS

November 2017

Solving a Magnesium Mystery in Rechargeable Battery Performance

A team of Foundry scientists and users have discovered a new kind of chemical reactivity in next-gen battery components that were previously thought to be compatible.

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November 2017

Atomic-Scale Structure and Composition of Organo-Lead Halide Perovskites

Molecular scale understanding of local structure and its influence on solar cell performance.

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November 2017

Diversifying Nanoparticle Assemblies in Supramolecule Nanocomposites Via Cylindrical Confinement

Fabrication of complex 3-D nanoparticle assemblies enabled a Au helical ribbon-like assembly with chiral plasmonic response several orders of magnitude higher than that of natural chiral materials.

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November 2017

Molecular Arrangement and Charge Transfer in C60/Graphene Heterostructures

Charge transfer between C60 and graphene is sensitive to the nature of the underlying supporting substrate and to the crystallinity and local orientation of the C60

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October 2017

Study on Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals Makes Inroads Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

A team of Foundry scientists have determined how graphene-coated magnesium hydride is able to store and release hydrogen gas safely and easily.

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October 2017

Nanoparticle Surfactants for Structured Liquid Processing

Produced the first sub-micron, shape-persistent, all-liquid bicontinuous structures using interfacial formation, assembly and jamming of nanoparticles surfactants (NPSs)

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October 2017

Strain-engineered growth of two-dimensional materials

Developed a new method to achieve built-in and tunable strain in two-dimensional materials directly via growth.

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September 2017

X-ray Footprinting Solves Mystery of Metal-Breathing Protein

A Foundry-led team of scientists have discovered the details of an unconventional coupling between a bacterial protein and a mineral that allows the bacterium to breathe when oxygen is not available.

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September 2017

Preventing Thin Film Dewetting via 2D Capping

Demonstrated that a monolayer 2D capping layer with high Young’s modulus effectively suppresses dewetting of underlying polymer, metal, and organic semiconductor thin films.

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August 2017

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.

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July 2017

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.

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July 2017

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.

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June 2017

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.

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May 2017

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.

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May 2017

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.

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April 2017

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.

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March 2017

Nanoparticle Surfactants for Structured Liquid Processing

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

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March 2017

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.

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February 2017

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.

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February 2017

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.

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December 2016

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.

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December 2016

Atomic Structure of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires

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

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November 2016

Lasing and Anti-Lasing in a Single Cavity

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

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November 2016

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.

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November 2016

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.

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November 2016

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.

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November 2016

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.

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November 2016

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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November 2016

Single-nanowire photoelectrochemistry

A single-nanowire-based device has been developed for photoelectrochemistry (PEC).

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November 2016

Atomic Resolution Imaging of Halide Perovskites

Developed a low-dose method to enable atomic resolution imaging of halide perovskites without introducing structural damages.

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October 2016

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.

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October 2016

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.

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October 2016

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.

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August 2016

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.

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July 2016

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%

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July 2016

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.

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July 2016

Observation of Polarization Vortices in Complex Oxide Superlattices

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

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April 2016

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

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April 2016

Electron Microscopy Discovers Peptoid Crystalline Nanotubes

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

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April 2016

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.

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April 2016

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.

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March 2016

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.

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March 2016

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

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March 2016

Lasing in Robust Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

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

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March 2016

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.

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March 2016

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

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March 2016

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.

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March 2016

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.

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November 2015

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.

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November 2015

Understanding and Predicting Self-Assembly

Molecular Foundry staff worked with users to discover a new design rule that controls the way in which polymers adjoin to form the backbones that run the length of biomimetic nanosheets.

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November 2015

Controlled Porous Membranes for Better Batteries

Molecular Foundry staff and users have combined to develop membranes for lithium-sulfur batteries made from polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) that are 500 times more effective than conventional membranes.

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October 2015

Anisotropic in-plane thermal conductivity of black phosphorus

Users of the Molecular Foundry discovered a factor of two difference in thermal conductivity along the zigzag and armchair directions in few-layer black phosphorous (BP).

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October 2015

Unprecedented Precise Determination of the 3D Positions of Individual Atoms

Using the Molecular Foundry’s TEAM I microscope, an international collaboration of users and staff measured the 3D coordinates of nine layers of atoms.

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September 2015

New Technique for Imaging Surface and Bulk Atoms

A team of users and staff at the Molecular Foundry developed a new analytic technique able to image the atoms that make up a material’s surface at the same time as those in the bulk.

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September 2015

Evaluating Electronic Structure in Aluminum Molecules and Materials

Research at UC Berkeley and LBNL has addressed challenges in the measurement and interpretation of aluminum K-edge XAS, and shown that it provides new insight into structure-reactivity relationships.

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September 2015

3D Structure of Inorganic Nanocrystals in Solution by Transmission Electron Microscopy

Measured the locations of all of the atoms in colloidal nanocrystals for the first time, with resolution of 2.15 Å.

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June 2015

Viable Single-Molecule Diodes

Benefiting from the Molecular Foundry’s expertise in the theory of molecular scale transport, Foundry users have designed a new technique to create single-molecule diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs.

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June 2015

Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

Using the Molecular Foundry’s imaging capabilities, users have developed a technique, called ‘CLAIRE’, that allows the resolution of electron microscopy to be used for non-invasive nanoscale imaging of soft matter.

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May 2015

Mapping Temperature at the Nanoscale

A team of users and staff working at the Molecular Foundry have created a thermal imaging technique that can “see” how temperature changes from point to point inside the smallest electronic circuits.

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May 2015

Oxygen: Poison to Titanium

Scientists working at the Molecular Foundry have found the mechanism by which titanium becomes brittle with just a few extra atoms of oxygen

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January 2015

Enhanced Water Vapor Blocking for Solar Cells

Working through DOE’s Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium, researchers at the Molecular Foundry created an optically transparent composite that improves water vapor blocking by 3000 times.

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December 2014

Switchable Control of Nanowire Growth

A team of multidisciplinary researchers at the Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry used catalyst composition to control the crystallographic growth of GaN nanowires.

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November 2014

Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes Revealed

A team utilizing three Berkeley Lab user facilities have developed a method to look at the molecules next to an electrode's surface, as well as determine how their arrangement changes depending on the voltage. 

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October 2014

Carbon Nanotube Porins Mimic Biological Channels

Users of the Molecular Foundry have demonstrated that short carbon nanotubes (CNTs) insert into cell membranes and transport molecules like biological membrane channels.

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September 2014

Peptoid Nanosheets at the Oil-Water Interface

Users of the Molecular Foundry have developed peptoid nanosheets – two-dimensional biomimetic materials with customizable properties – that self-assemble at an oil-water interface.

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August 2014

Sugar Mimic Leads Stem Cells to Develop into Nerve Cells

Users of the Molecular Foundry created a mimic of proteoglycans – surface-bound sugars – that are critical in the differentiation of embryonic stem cells into neural cells.

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JuLY 2014

Chemically Amplified Molecular Photoresist for High-Resolution Lithography

Users from Intel collaborated with staff from the Molecular Foundry and the ALS to create a new approach to photoresist that achieves both high-resolution and sensitivity.

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June 2014

Nanocrystal Simulation Verified by the Discovery of Predicted Hydroxyl Ions

A research team that included Molecular Foundry staff recently reported an atomic level simulation of semiconducting nanocrystals that provide a new understanding of the precise atomic structure at their surfaces.

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MAY 2014

The Influence of Dopant Distribution on the Plasmonic Properties of Indium Tin Oxide Nanocrystals

Molecular Foundry researchers demonstrated the strong influence of dopant distribution on the optoelectronic properties of colloidal indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocrystals.

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APRIL 2014

Efficient Conversion of Carbon Monoxide to Liquid Fuel

A multidisciplinary team of users at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) created copper-derived electrocatalysts that efficiently produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide (CO) gas at room temperature and pressure.

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MARCH 2014

Monolayer Behavior Retained in Bulk Semiconducting Transition Metal Dichalcogenide

Users at the Molecular Foundry have discovered a new member of the transition metal dichalcogenides (sTMD) family, rhenium disulphide (ReS2), in which the bulk behaves as electronically and vibrationally decoupled monolayers.

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February 2014

Optimized Nanocrystals for Single-Molecule Imaging

A multidisciplinary team of Molecular Foundry scientists used advanced characterization and theoretical modeling to develop significantly smaller and brighter upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs).

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January 2014

Computational Design of a New MOF for N2/CH4 Separations

A collaborative team of Molecular Foundry Users and staff used computation to design and predict a new metal–organic framework (MOF) able to separate dinitrogen from methane and other methane-rich gases.

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December 2013

Enhancing Thermal Transport of Carbon Nanotubes

In a User project with Intel, Foundry scientists have shown that the use of short organic molecules that form covalent bonds between metal surfaces and vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) leads to a six-fold reduction in thermal interface resistance.

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November 2013

Self-assembled Single-layer 2D Frameworks

Foundry Users have created the first 2D supramolecular organic framework (SOF) with honeycomb periodicity using a novel solution-based self-assembly approach

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October 2013

Functionalized Nanosheets Designed For Molecular Recognition

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have designed and synthesized a new class of antibody-mimetic material consisting of peptoid nanosheets covered in functional peptide loops.

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October 2013

Making Smart Windows Even Smarter

At the heart of their technology is a new "designer" electrochromic material, made from nanocrystals of indium tin oxide embedded in a glassy matrix of niobium oxide.

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SEPTEMBER 2013

Uncovering the Intrinsic Size Dependence of Hydriding Phase Transformations in Nanocrystals

Understanding what happens to a material as it undergoes phase transformations is of fundamental scientific interest and critical for optimizing commercial applications.

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August 2013

Building Blocks for Biochemists

Molecular Foundry scientists have built a flexible, scaled, physical model of a polypeptide chain that accurately reproduces its secondary structures.

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June 2013

Solar Cells: More than skin deep

A collaborative team of scientists at the Molecular Foundry and Plant PV, a small company researching photovoltaic materials, have developed a technique to directly measure the carrier dynamics of photovoltaic materials beyond the surface.

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May 2013

Semiconducting Films Tailored for Future Energy

Berkeley Lab researchers have shown that robust metal chalcogenide architectures can be constructed from colloidal nanocrystal building units.

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