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.

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Research Team Creates a High-efficiency Solar Cell in 7 Steps

An international team of researchers working at the Molecular Foundry has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design.

Molecular Foundry and ALS Users, aBeam Technologies, Make Metrology History

The research team develops the finest metrology tool in the world, utilizing a fabricated pattern with line widths down to 1.5 nanometers.

Oleg Prezhdo, USC

Quantum Dots – Artificial Atoms, Large Molecules or Small Pieces of Bulk? Insights from Time-Domain Ab Initio Studies

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Polar Vortices Observed in Ferroelectric

A team of Foundry staff and users have recorded the first-ever observations of rotating topologies of electrical polarization in ferroelectric materials, a finding that could impact ultracompact data storage and processing and the production of new states of matter.

Spectroscopy of Supercapacitor Electrodes In Operando

Users of the Molecular Foundry, ALS and NERSC have developed a more complete understanding of the processes involved in energy storage during charging of the electrode/electrolyte interface of a supercapacitor.

Quantum Dot Research Featured in ‘NBC Learn’ Video

Developed by NBC and the NSF, the video looks at former Foundry director and current user Paul Alivisatos’ pioneering quantum dot research, some of which was performed at the Molecular Foundry.

Molecular Foundry's Michael Connolly ‘Safes the Day’ Every Day

Michael Connolly is a super hero when it comes to spreading safety culture to the diverse users that conduct work at the Molecular Foundry. He recently won the latest Hero Card raffle that recognizes the heroes that help promote safety at Berkeley Lab.

Molecular Foundry Launches Bay Cam

New webcam captures the expansive views from the Foundry of the San Francisco Bay Area that serve to fuel the imagination and build connections among the center's diverse research community.

Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 19

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Joshua Robinson from Penn St. University will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on February 16.

Sarah Burke, University of British Columbia

Electronic Landscapes of Molecular Nanostructures: Mapping States for Charge Transfer with Pixel-by-Pixel Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopy

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Igal Brener, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia-Los Alamos National Laboratories

Active Dielectric and Metallic Metasurfaces: Strong Coupling, Tuning and Nonlinearities

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Michael Hecht, Princeton University

Sustaining Life with Genes and Proteins Designed De Novo

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

How to Train Your Bacterium

Users of the Molecular Foundry teach bacterium to perform photosynthesis – despite being non-photosynthetic – and also to synthesize semiconductor nanoparticles in a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system for converting sunlight into valuable chemical products.

Foundry User Advocates for a New Era of Federal Funding for Nanoscience

Ambika Bumb, CEO of Bikanta, has published an Op-Ed in TechCrunch describing the benefits of federal investments in basic nanoscience research like those that support the Molecular Foundry

2D Islands in Graphene Hold Promise for Future Device Fabrication

Molecular Foundry user research could help improve graphene electronics.

Foundry's Ron Zuckermann Speaks at UCSB about Building Relationships

The UCSB group, Graduate Students for Diversity in Science, hosted Dr. Zuckermann to discuss his experiences with mentees and collaborators.

Updated Strategic Plan Available

The Molecular Foundry's five-year strategic plan has been updated to reflect recent hires, equipment acquisitions and programs. The plan is designed to provide a framework that guides Foundry-wide initiatives and priorities.

Two Small Business Users Awarded ARPA-E Funding

Part of Cyclotron Road at Berkeley Lab, these industrial users of the Molecular Foundry were among 41 “transformational energy technology projects” that were awarded a total of $125 million by DOE's ARPA-E.

Foundry User, X-Therma, Wins Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award

Hosted by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Biotech/Pharma tycoon, and LA Business Journal, the award recognizes five new innovations that will have a significant and wide impact on society and industry.

Molecular Foundry Scientist and Two Users Win 2015 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 Stefano Cabrini, along with two users, accounted for three of the seven awards presented to Berkeley Lab scientists.

NCEM Leaders Win Lab Lifetime Achievement Award

Uli Dahmen, Peter Denes and Kenneth Downing are the recipients of the 2015 Berkeley Lab Prize − Lifetime Achievement Award for their scientific advances and leadership in electron microscopy. Dahmen and Denes were vital to the development of world-leading capabilities at NCEM, now a facility at the Molecular Foundry.

Molecular Foundry Staff Discuss Promising Future at All Day Retreat

On November 13, staff gathered at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club to identify collaborative research opportunities and formulate new initiatives with the aim of expanding the impact of the Foundry's research and the center's ability to facilitate user-driven projects.

The Molecular Foundry Goes to Capitol Hill

Director Jeff Neaton and two Molecular Foundry users led a group to Washington D.C. to educate key members of Congress and staff about advances in nanoscience and the opportunities presented by user facilities.

Materials Views Highlights Collaborative Nanoscience at the Molecular Foundry

The popular scientific blog and newsletter, Materials Views, posted a story about the new special issue of Advanced Materials dedicated to the work being done at the Molecular Foundry. Five short videos explaining the cover research are also posted.

Laura Welcher, Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project, The Long Now Foundation; Molecular Foundry User

The Rosetta Disk and Strategies for Very Long-term Archiving

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

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.

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.

Battery Mystery Solved: Atomic-Resolution Microscopy Answers Longstanding Questions About Lithium-Rich Cathode Material

Molecular Foundry scientists and users unravel structural ambiguities in lithium-rich transition metal oxides.

Foundry Student Intern Profiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Robert Accolla, working with the Foundry's Ron Zuckermann, spent the summer studying the electrostatic properties of peptoid nanosheets as part of the DHS Summer Intern Program

Materials Views Profiles Latest Peptoid Nanosheet Work at the Foundry

Protein-mimetic polymer exhibits unique structure not seen in nature.

Is Black Phosphorous the Next Big Thing in Materials?

Users at the Molecular Foundry discover unique thermal properties in 2D black phosphorous nanoribbons.

PIMs May Be the Cup of Choice for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Molecular Foundry staff and users in the Organic and Theory Facilities combine to develop selective membranes using polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIM).

Peng Yin, Harvard Medical School

Nanoscale Construction and Imaging with DNA

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Yu Huang, UCLA

The Roles of Biomolecular Specificity in Colloidal Crystal Growth

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

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).

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.

Molecular Foundry Featured in Special Issue of Advanced Materials

On October 14, 2015, the entire issue of the scientific journal (Impact Factor: 17.5) was dedicated to the work of the Molecular Foundry. The issue includes 18 articles by staff and users and an editorial on multidisciplinary research by Foundry Director, Jeff Neaton.

Foundry User and Cyclotron Road Success Story Featured in Fortune Magazine

A Sept. 28 Fortune magazine story looked at Etosha Cave of Opus 12, one of the success stories coming from the Lab’s Cyclotron Road incubator effort who works at the Foundry through a user project. Opus 12 has developed an electrochemical reactor, which could turn a mix of carbon dioxide and water into liquid ­fuels.

Berkeley Lab Awarded $8 Million for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research

One of the newly established DOE consortium, Hydrogen Materials—Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), aims to develop safe and cost-effective hydrogen storage. Berkeley Lab's contribution to HyMARC is led by the Foundry's Jeff Urban.

Alex Liddle, NIST

Nanomanufacturing: From Mesopotamia to the Present Day

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Newly Discovered ‘Design Rule’ Brings Nature-Inspired Nanostructures One Step Closer

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry leveraged two of Berkeley Lab's other user facilities, ALS and NERSC, to yield the first atomic-resolution structure of a peptoid nanosheet.

Researchers Determine the Three-Dimensional Positions of Individual Atoms for the First Time

A team of Molecular Foundry users and staff were able to develop an approach that can measure the exact coordinates of nine layers of atoms with a precision of 19 trillionths of a meter, leading to a far better understanding of the structural properties of materials.

A Different Type of 2D Semiconductor

Molecular Foundry users from Berkeley Lab produce first ultrathin sheets of perovskite hybrids.

Timothy Lu, MIT

Engineering Living Cells for Human Health Applications

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Paulo Ferreira, University of Texas at Austin

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Seeing Small - Enabling New Discoveries in Nanomaterials Through Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Molecular Foundry Research Highlighted in WIRED

The work of Foundry user Abby Knight has found its way into WIRED magazine, which describes her "shiny new way to filter chromium out of groundwater."

SC15 Releases Video on Berkeley Lab’s Electrolyte Genome Project

The 2015 International Supercomputing Conference (SC15) has produced a video featuring the Molecular Foundry's Brett Helms and his role in developing more powerful and efficient batteries.

Small Businesses Invited to Participate in DOE National Lab Vouchers Pilot

The program is designed specifically to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by leveraging the world-class capabilities of our national laboratories, like those at the Molecular Foundry, to solve small businesses’ most pressing challenges.

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.

Defects Through the Looking Glass

Molecular Foundry users characterize individual defects inside a bulk insulator using scanning tunneling microscopy

Kirk Schanze, University of Florida

Triplet States in Organometallic Conjugated Materials

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

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.

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.

Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins September 15

This fall's Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers from around the world whose expertise span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Paulo Ferreira from the University of Texas will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on October 6.

Xiaogang Liu, National University of Singapore

Controlling Photon Upconversion in Lanthanide-doped Nanocrystals

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

John Lupton, University of Regensburg

Coherent Spin Oscillations in OLEDs

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Molecular Foundry User Meeting: A Macroscopic View of Nanoscience

Two-day meeting fosters discussion among users in diverse areas of research.

Summit Brings Together Peptoid Experts from Around the World to the Molecular Foundry

The Ninth Peptoid Summit included over 130 participants, representing 10 countries and 15 states. The two-day event, held on August 6-7, represents the growing interest in a field pioneered by the summit's organizer, Ron Zuckermann, who also directs the Molecular Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility.

Surprising Discoveries about 2D Molybdenum Disulfide

A team at the Molecular Foundry used its award-winning Campanile nano-optical probe to make some surprising discoveries about molybdenum disulfide whose optoelectronic properties hold great promise for future nanoelectronic and photonic devices.

Big, Deep and Smart Data Analytics in Materials Imaging Workshop Held at ORNL

In June, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee hosted a meeting organized by the five DOE NSRCs - including the Molecular Foundry - focused on opportunities for integrating advanced data analytics and theory into imaging science.

Foundry User Work Featured on Cover of Energy & Environmental Science

The August 2015 cover of Energy & Environmental Science highlights research by a team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry that have found methods to produce carbon nanotube composites for high performance, flexible thermoelectric devices.

Foundry Research Selected as One of Berkeley Lab's 10 Science Solutions that are "On the Way"

The list is intended to highlight how today’s science could lead to the solutions and discoveries of tomorrow. This year's edition of the list included the Foundry's Caroline Ajo-Franklin's work to develop "cyborg cells with nanotubes."

Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Twenty Five Hundred Years of Small Science: What’s Next?

Thursday, August 6, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

One Step Closer to a Single-Molecule Device

A collaborative team of researchers, including Foundry Director Jeff Neaton, have designed a new technique to create single-molecule diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs.

A Most Singular Nano-Imaging Technique

Developed using the advanced electron microscopy capabilities of the Molecular Foundry, a new technique called SINGLE has determined the 3D structures of individual nanoparticles in solution.

Peptoids: The Next Generation of Antibiotics?

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is emerging as a major public health problem. Could structural variants of endogenous antimicrobial peptides developed at the Molecular Foundry provide a solution?

A New Look at Surface Chemistry

Technique developed at the Molecular Foundry for studying the atomic structure of material surfaces holds promise for catalysis, corrosion and other critical reactions.

David Ginger, University of Washington

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Imaging Heterogeneity in Thin Film Solar Cells: Polymers to Perovskites

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11AM
Building 66 Auditorium

Unravelling the Mysteries of Carbonic Acid

Molecular Foundry researchers peeling back the veil on a critical but short-lived molecule.

Klaus van Benthem, UC Davis

Evolution of Interface Structures Under Externally Applied Stress

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Berkley Lab Profiles the Molecular Foundry's Rita Garcia for Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

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.

David Norris, ETH Zurich

Quantum-Dot Plasmonics

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

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.

Gang-Yu Liu, UC Davis

Engineered Nanostructures for Regulation and Investigation of Cellular Signaling Processes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Using Robots To Assemble Promising Antimicrobial Compounds

Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines at the Molecular Foundry, named Symphony X and Overture, have joined the search for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria.

Mark Stockman, University of Georgia

Latest Progress in Spasers

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

CLAIRE Brings Electron Microscopy to Soft Materials

Foundry users have developed a new technique that combines elements of optical and scanning microscopy into a single imaging platform, thereby extending the incredible resolution of electron microscopy to non-invasive nanoscale imaging of soft matter.

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.