The Molecular Foundry is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.
Read about the Molecular Foundry's research themes in its recently developed Strategic Plan Find out more information about becoming a Molecular Foundry facilities User. Call for Proposals: The next deadline for standard proposals is April 1, 2015

Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins February 3

The popular Molecular Foundry seminar series returns with another lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose expertise span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Wilson Ho from UCI will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on February 17.

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.

NBC News Highlights Foundry Work

Ron Zuckermann's Peppytides were recently featured in a broadly distributed story used by NBC, Fox News, and Yahoo! News about how 3-D printed molecule models are helping to solve protein puzzles

Foundry Researchers Open a Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

Foundry staff and users found surprising results in the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model lithium electrolyte and in so doing, may have found a path towards improved lithium-ion batteries.

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

New Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Convenes at the Molecular Foundry

To reflect the growing scientific portfolio of the Molecular Foundry following its merge with NCEM, a new SAB was created. December 11th marked the first meeting of this group of prominent scientists in Berkeley.

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon

An international team of physicists and chemists has, for the first time, taken snapshots of band-gap jumping electrons in silicon using attosecond pulses of soft X-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second.

Mimicking Nature for Homeland Security

Foundry researchers are designing peptoid nanosheets that could one day be used to make sensors that detect lethal chemical agents or deadly viruses deployed during warfare or a terrorist attack.

Foundry Staff Discuss Recent Successes and Future Plans at Scientific Retreat

On November 14, all Foundry scientific and technical staff assembled for a full day meeting to review the organization's research themes, identify areas of investment, and discuss strategies to expand the impact of the organization.

Research Performed by Foundry Industrial Users Honored by Nanotechnology Journal

User work on printable photonics was selected as a Highlight of the Year by Nanotechnology in the area of “patterning and nano fabrication”.

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. 

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-assembly of Nanostructures

Foundry user - and Materials Sciences Division Director - reports method for symmetry-breaking in feedback-driven self-assembly of optical metamaterials.

Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes

Through a Foundry user project, a team led by scientists from LLNL have integrated artificial channels that could be used for more robust DNA sequencing, drug delivery, and novel biosensors.

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

Foundry staff assisted scientistis at UMass Medical School in the characterization of upconverting nanoparticles developed for potential clinical applications in photodynamic therapy, an approach that could kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

Researchers Speak to High School Students about Materials Sciences

Three Foundry researchers presented at talk on “Materials Research at the Molecular Foundry: Working in Invisible Realms” to a local engineering high school class, touching on prominent recent discoveries at the lab and sharing career advice.

Scientists Design Protein-esque Molecules to Lock Up Carbon Dioxide

Inspired by marine organisms that take in carbon dioxide dissolved in water and turn it into protective calcium carbonate layers, a team from PNNL was able to speed and slow calcium carbonate formation by using Foundry-produced molecules that mimic proteins.

Study Reveals Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes

A combined experimental and theoretical approach at the Molecular Foundry has resulted in the ability to not only look at the molecules next to an electrode's surface, but to determine how their arrangement changes depending on the voltage.

Tarantula Venom Illuminates Electrical Activity in Live Cells

Users of the Molecular Foundry have created a probe that combines tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells, and could help map neural activity in the human brain.

Felix Fischer, UC Berkeley

Teaching Polymers the Meaning of Life and Confining Electrons in Graphene Nanoriobbons

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

LBL scientists using the Foundry, ALS and NERSC, have uncovered properties of aqueous carbonic acid that should benefit the development of carbon sequestration and mitigation technologies, and improve our understanding of how carbonic acid regulates the pH of blood.

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

Molecular Foundry and NCEM Merge Complete

At the request of DOE, the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) has become the seventh facility of the Molecular Foundry.

Dispelling a Misconception About Mg-Ion Batteries

David Prendergast and Liwen Wan at the Molecular Foundry used supercomputer simulations to dispel a popular misconception about magnesium-ion batteries that should help advance the technology in the future.

Xiang Zhang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Metamaterials with Properties that Do Not Exist in Nature

Axel Brunger, Stanford University

Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotransmitter Release

White House Nanotechnology Report Highlights Foundry Research

In their report to the President and Congress, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) featured the Foundry's Smart Windows research as one of two representative success stories made possible by the nation's investment in nanotechnology.

Foundry Scientists Partner with Campus and UCSF in BRAINseed

Bruce Cohen and Jim Schuck will lead two of the six new projects designed to accelerate “innovative but risky” brain research through nanoscience and optogenetic technologies.

On the Road to Artificial Photosynthesis

Foundry user project reveals key catalytic factors in carbon dioxide reduction.

Michael Roukes, Caltech

Integrated Neurophotonics: A Vision for Massively-Parallel Interrogation of Brain Activity

Naomi S. Ginsberg, UC Berkeley

Navigating Space-Time to Correlate Local Structure to Function in Molecular Materials

Molecular Foundry Helps Capture Birth of Mineral in Real Time

Working with scientists from PNNL, Foundry researchers discover new insights into the formation of calcium carbonate that could lead to processes that trap atmospheric carbon dioxide and store it in rock.

Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins September 16

Building off of the success and popularity of the previous seminar series, the series' next installment will feature innovators from across the field of nanoscience speaking every Tuesday at 11am for the next eight weeks.

Susanne Stemmer, UC Santa Barbara

Structure and Properties of Oxide Heterostructures

Preschooler Science Enthusiast Visits the Molecular Foundry and NCEM

4 year old whiz kid shows off his understanding of the periodic table during a visit to LBNL that includes a time with Ron Zuckermann and Peter Ercius

Bryan Jackson, IBM

IBM's Brain-Inspired Computing Systems and Ecosystem

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.

Molecular Foundry/NCEM Users' Meeting Draws a Crowd

Nearly 300 users and prospective users attended the two-day event, which featured a number of prominent speakers including former Berkeley Lab director and Secretary of Energy Steve Chu. The meeting included plenary talks, workshops, and vendor booths from a variety of participating industrial sponsors.

Angel Rubio, European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility

Non-Equilibrium Dynamical Processes in TDDFT: Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Applications

Peptoid Nanosheets at the Oil/Water Interface

Peptoid nanosheets are among the largest and thinnest free-floating organic crystals ever made. A new report from the Foundry uncovers a new way to create these novel biomimetic materials.

The Foundry's Promita Chakraborty and Ron Zuckermann Win 2014 Director’s Award for Outreach

The Lab's Exceptional Achievement Award was given in recognition of their ‘Peppytide’ protein models that aided in "promoting the Lab’s education mission and improving community relations."

Cracking the code for single-molecule junctions

Working at the Molecular Foundry, an international group of researchers has demonstrated qualitatively and quantitatively correct solutions for a compound known as “porphyrin” for the first time, thereby enabling predictive modelling of complex molecular junctions.

Shaping the Future of Nanocrystals

NCEM users obtain the first direct observation of facet formation in nanocubes. This work points the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design, and changes the current understanding of crystal growth at the nanoscale.

ABC News Highlights Work at the Molecular Foundry

The results of an industry collaboration with the Foundry and ALS may have a big impact on the semiconductor industry and Silicon Valley. ABC News came to the Foundry to learn about this new breakthrough in photoresist.


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.


Industrial Users of the Foundry Produce Low-cost Printable Photonic Integrated Devices

By directly printing devices onto a functional resist with a high refractive index, users from aBeam Technologies and NanoOptic Devices, in partnership with Foundry staff, created optical components without the use of any etching steps.

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