Each year, scientists with the Office of Science, at our national laboratories, and supported by the Office of Science at the nation’s colleges and universities, publish thousands of research findings in the scientific literature. About 200 of these are selected annually by their respective program areas in the Office of Science as publication highlights of special note.

For the archive of past publication highlights, click here.

August 11, 2022

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Excitons Need Space to Separate: Free Carrier Production in Organic Solar Cells

Short and long-range electron transfer compete to determine free-charge yield in organic semiconductors.

August 9, 2022

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Understanding the Secrets of Photosynthesis in the Shade

Researchers discover key details of how to drive photosynthesis in the shade by studying far-red light acclimation in cyanobacteria.

August 4, 2022

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Machine Learning Reveals Hidden Components of X-Ray Pulses

Neural networks determine the amplitude and phase of X-ray pulses, enabling new, high-resolution quantum studies.

August 2, 2022

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Catching a Glimpse of the Reactive Intermediates in Water in a Trillionth of a Second

Scientists capture the short-lived hydroxyl-hydronium pair and the induced dynamic response in ionized liquid water in unprecedented detail.

July 28, 2022

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Seeing Double for Better Solar Cells

Using two methods is better than one when it comes to observing how solar cells form and improving cell properties.

July 26, 2022

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Novel Method Examines the Gas-Liquid Interface in New Detail

Novel molecular beam scattering apparatus that uses a liquid flat jet can study chemical reactions at the gas liquid interface of volatile liquids.

July 22, 2022

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'Shining' Light on the Inner Details and Breakup of Deuterons

Photon-deuteron collisions offer insight into the gluons that bind the building blocks of matter—and what it takes to break protons and neutrons apart.

July 18, 2022

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First Atomic View of a Quantum Electronic Device in Operation

Discovery of a short-lived state could lead to faster and more energy-efficient computing devices.

July 13, 2022

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Real-Time Diagnostics for Better Engines

Scientists map atomic-level changes in the components of a running internal combustion engine using neutron techniques.

July 11, 2022

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More Genome Copies in Switchgrass Linked to More Climate Flexibility and Adaptation

Varieties of switchgrass with different numbers of genome copies use different strategies in adapting to changes in climate and location.