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November 14, 2017
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Moving from Protecting Health to Protecting the Environment
Existing techniques for understanding radionuclide transport in the environment do not fully capture the 3-D complexity of transport in soil and
November 14, 2017
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Stretching to Perfection of 2-D Semiconductors
The electronic and optical properties of materials are directly related to their atomic crystal structure. By bringing atoms closer to each other
November 14, 2017
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Simple is Beautiful in Quantum Computing
Classical computers are number crunching machines, performing basic arithmetical operations on numbers. In computer language, these numbers are
November 13, 2017
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Twisting Molecule Wrings More Power from Solar Cells
Upon exposure to sunlight, electrons in a semiconducting material are excited from their normal to higher energy states, forming photo-excited
October 31, 2017
Rules Are Only Suggestions in Heavy Elements
Rules Are Only Suggestions in Heavy Elements
The synthesis and characterization of two berkelium compounds creates rare opportunities to probe the electronic structure of some of the last
October 31, 2017
Let There Be (White) Light: New Materials Shine Out
Let There Be (White) Light: New Materials Shine Out
White-light–emitting 2-D perovskites are attractive because of their low cost and tunability. Using different lengths of di-functional
October 26, 2017
Mission Not So Impossible Now: Control Complex Molecular Organization
Mission Not So Impossible Now: Control Complex Molecular Organization
Traditional methods using “top-down” solution-based processing typically only allow modest control over the molecular organization and
October 26, 2017
Honey, I Shrunk the Features for Low-Cost, Flexible, Large-Area Electronics
Honey, I Shrunk the Features for Low-Cost, Flexible, Large-Area Electronics
A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, studying the effects of chemical dopants on the solubility of semiconducting polymers
October 25, 2017
Flavins Perform Electron Magic
Flavins Perform Electron Magic
There are currently only three known ways that living things can capture energy from their environment to enable life to exist. The most recently
October 25, 2017
Spin-Polarized Surface States in Superconductors
Spin-Polarized Surface States in Superconductors
Given their considerable application potential, from quantum computing to information technologies, noncentrosymmetric (NCS) superconductors have
October 25, 2017
Imaging Probe Printed onto Tip of Optical Fiber
Imaging Probe Printed onto Tip of Optical Fiber
Nano-optics have the potential to be used for imaging, sensing, and spectroscopy, and could help scientists improve solar cells, design better
October 23, 2017
Plenty of Room at the Top: Breaking through the Sunlight-to-Electricity Conversion Limit
Plenty of Room at the Top: Breaking through the Sunlight-to-Electricity Conversion Limit
Hybrid organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites (HOIP) are promising new materials for use in low-cost solar cells. HOIPs have already been
October 23, 2017
Imperfections Show “Swimming”  Particles the Way to Self-Healing and Shape-Changing
Imperfections Show “Swimming” Particles the Way to Self-Healing and Shape-Changing
Bird flocks, fish schools and self-propelling fluid mixtures that cooperatively organize and move in response to internal or external cues are all
October 23, 2017
Bending the Laws of Thermodynamics for Enhanced Material Design
Bending the Laws of Thermodynamics for Enhanced Material Design
Structure and composition control the properties of materials. For semiconductors, the historically successful approach for such control has been
October 19, 2017
Designer Binders Protect Silicon Battery Electrodes
Designer Binders Protect Silicon Battery Electrodes
Lithium-ion batteries with silicon anodes have a theoretical capacity 10 times higher than the most commonly used anodes. However, silicon
October 19, 2017
Nanoribbons Enable “On–Off” Switch for Graphene
Nanoribbons Enable “On–Off” Switch for Graphene
A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure made of a layer — just a single atom thick — of carbon
October 19, 2017
On-Demand 3-D Printing of Tiny Magic Wands
On-Demand 3-D Printing of Tiny Magic Wands
Structures on the scale of nanometers—much smaller than wavelengths of light—may improve transmission of plasmons, or small waves of
October 19, 2017
Watching Catalysts Evolve in 3-D
Watching Catalysts Evolve in 3-D
Because bimetallic catalysts are widely employed in batteries and fuel cells, a full understanding of their oxidation (electron loss) mechanisms is
October 19, 2017
Hybrid Material Glows Like Jellyfish
Hybrid Material Glows Like Jellyfish
Improving the efficiency of nanoscale energy transfer in quantum dot or quantum rod based systems requires the ability to fine tune variables
October 2, 2017
Bringing  Visual “Magic” to Light
Bringing Visual “Magic” to Light
Scientists from mixed reality technology company Magic Leap Inc., working with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley
October 2, 2017
Speeding Materials Discovery Puts Solar Fuels on the Fast Track to Commercial Viability
Speeding Materials Discovery Puts Solar Fuels on the Fast Track to Commercial Viability
Pure hydrogen is highly flammable, making it an ideal fuel. If you could find a way to extract that hydrogen from water using sunlight, then, you
October 2, 2017
Water in One Dimension
Water in One Dimension
While scientists have known that molecules confined within single-walled nanotubes behave differently than their bulk counterparts, it has
October 2, 2017
Adding Stress Boosts Performance, Stability for Fuel Cells
Adding Stress Boosts Performance, Stability for Fuel Cells
Electric vehicles powered by proton exchange membrane fuel cells, which use hydrogen gas as fuel and produce water as exhaust, have entered
October 2, 2017
Drawing at the One-Nanometer Length Scale
Drawing at the One-Nanometer Length Scale
The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes — using electron-beam lithography, in which an electron-sensitive material is exposed
October 2, 2017
Blurring the Line  between Animate and Inanimate: “Active” Matter Drives Self-Propelled Fluid
Blurring the Line between Animate and Inanimate: “Active” Matter Drives Self-Propelled Fluid
Many technologies require expensive external energy to move fluids. In contrast, cells and other microscopic biological materials move fluids using