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.

December 1, 2023

Nature Inspires a New Wave of Biotechnology

Synthetic peptide assemblies show promise as bioelectronic materials.

November 29, 2023

Theory Offers a High-Resolution View of Quarks Inside Protons

Theorists predict differential distribution of 'up' and 'down' quarks within protons—and differential contributions to the proton's properties.

November 27, 2023

Silica Films Mean Better Catalysts in Confined Two-Dimensional Spaces

Covering metal catalyst surfaces with thin layers of oxide materials can enhance chemical reactions.

November 22, 2023

Opening the Door to a Next-Generation Information Processing Platform

New gate design leads to fast coherent control of novel electromagnonics devices.

November 20, 2023

Scientists Report Direct Observation of the Dead-Cone Effect in Quantum Chromodynamics

Novel techniques allow the first direct observation of a predicted effect that results in the suppression of gluon radiation emitted by a heavy quark.

November 17, 2023

To Study Radioactive Neptunium and Plutonium, Researchers Establish a Novel Chemistry

Ligand design and electrochemical studies pave a new path toward stable high-valent mid-actinide complexes.

November 15, 2023

Engineers Develop a New Detector System for Quantum Computing

A new system for detecting photons in laser-powered quantum computers brings these systems closer to reality.

November 13, 2023

Better Together: New 2D X-ray Multilayer Lens Overcomes Alignment Challenge

This new Laue lens system received a 2022 Microscopy Today Innovation Award.

November 9, 2023

Probing the Intricate Structures of 2D Materials at the Nanoscale

A new microscopy technique measures atomic-level distortions, twist angles, and interlayer spacing in graphene.

November 8, 2023

To Study Competition and Cross-Feeding, Scientists Build Synthetic Microbiomes

Modeling microbial interactions in synthetic communities offers insights into environmental processes.