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Making Polymer Chemistry 'Click'

Scientists using Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry develop fast chemistry that unlocks a new class of polymers.

DOE's Self Assembly Efforts Embodied by Molecular Foundry Research

The Foundry's work on biomimetic polymers (a.k.a. peptoids) was used as the poster child for the DOE's self assembly portfolio. The feature article, "No Assembly Required: Nanoparticles that Put Themselves Together" talks about how DOE-supported scientists are coaxing tiny particles into making new, customized materials.

Researchers Help Thin-Film Ferroelectrics Go Extreme

Foundry staff and users team up to develop a new ferroelectric material that can operate in a greatly expanded range of temperatures and could lead to wireless communications in extreme environments.

Molecular Foundry Director, Jeff Neaton, Selected as Associate Laboratory Director

Neaton will lead Berkeley Lab's Energy Sciences Area, which includes the Molecular Foundry, ALS, Materials Sciences Division and Chemical Sciences Division. He will remain the Foundry director during the search for his successor.

Scientists Unlock the Key to Efficiently Make a New Class of Engineering Polymers

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry have developed a new process of creating polymers containing sulfate or sulfonate that is faster, easier, and cheaper than previous methods.

Jing Tao, Brookhaven National Lab

Tracing Structural Dynamics in Metastable Materials Using Ultrafast Electron Diffraction

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Advancing Battery Chemistry with Seaweed

Molecular Foundry users have made a surprising discovery that could lead to low-cost, high energy lithium-sulfur batteries. Carageenan, a seaweed derivative, stabilizes the battery chemistry and enables more cycles and an extended lifetime.

Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Probing Neural Circuits with Shaped Light

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Adam Schwartzberg, Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab

Wafer-Scale Conformal Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Other Interesting Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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Chemical & Engineering News Profiles Foundry Industry User's Career Path

Industry user Xiaomei Wei and her company, X-Therma, use the Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility to investigate molecules for use in cryopreservation.

Foundry researcher is Finalist in Flame Video Challenge

The Flame Challenge asks scientists to explain concepts proposed and judged by 11-year-olds. This year’s challenge is “What is Energy?” and Foundry researcher Tev Kuykendall is among the finalists. The winner will be announced on June 4.

Bruce Clemens, Stanford University

Thin Films and Nanomaterials for Energy Applications

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Suliana Manley, EPFL

Expanding Horizons with High-Throughput Super-Resolution Microscopy

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Foundry User 'Thanks' Taxpayers for Being Angel Investors

Industry user Raymond Weitekamp thanks American taxpayers for supporting facilities like the Molecular Foundry. His company, polySpectra, uses light-activated catalysts to 3D print advanced functional materials.

Jamie Garcia, IBM Research — Almaden

Waste Plastics for New Materials Production: Design and Reversibility in Polymer Networks

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Scientists Print Nanoscale Imaging Probe onto Tip of Optical Fiber

Industry users and Molecular Foundry scientists have developed a way to bring mass fabrication to nano-optical devices.

NASA Astronaut, Kate Rubins, Comes to LBL on May 11

Hosted by the Foundry and JGI, Dr. Rubins will speak (5/11, 10am, Bldg. 50 Auditorium) about her time sequencing DNA in microgravity on the International Space Station (ISS).

IEEE Spectrum Features Foundry's Stefano Cabrini

Cabrini's expertise in nanofabrication and nanophotonics, especially in the emerging fields of metamaterials and plasmonics, has lead to the production of intricately fabricated near-field probes.

Nanoscale Imaging Probe Printed onto Tip of Optical Fiber

Industry users and Molecular Foundry scientists have developed a way to print nano-optical devices onto the tip of a glass fiber.

Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

Molecular Foundry staff and users have, for the first time, directly characterized the 200 femtosecond electron movements of a chemical reaction’s transient state.

Molecular Foundry Spring/Summer Seminar Series Begins May 9.

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Javier Vela from Iowa State University will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

Javier Vela, Iowa State University

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Chemistry of Materials for Clean Energy: Ternary Phosphides and Organolead Halide Perovskites

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Building 66 Auditorium

Alexie Kolpak, MIT

Atomic-Scale Engineering of Interface Phenomena for Renewable Energy Applications

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Coming to a Lab Bench Near You: Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

The ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a reaction important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes have been captured and, for the first time, directly characterized using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy by staff and users of the Molecular Foundry.

The Molecular Foundry's Teresa Williams Visits Kenya as Part of International TechWomen Delegation

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in STEM fields from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S.

Science in 360°: SPLEEM

Meet the Molecular Foundry's SPLEEM (Spin-Polarized Low Energy Electron Microscope), one of the few electron microscopes worldwide that can image magnetization in 3-D, which is key to improving materials for computer memory devices. Drag the video while it is playing to view this unique space at any angle.

New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future

Molecular Foundry staff and users have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. This high-throughput materials discovery approach puts solar fuels on the fast track to commercial viability.

High-Throughput Materials Discovery Approach Puts Solar Fuels on the Fast Track to Commercial Viability

Molecular Foundry staff and users have developed a process that in just two years has nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels.

Science in 360°: HERMAN, the Nanoparticle Robot

Say hello to HERMAN (High-throughput Experimentation Robot for the Multiplexed Automation of Nanochemistry), a robot at the Molecular Foundry that accelerates nanoparticle synthesis for a wide range of applications such as biosensors, smart window coatings, and display technologies. Drag the video while it is playing to view this unique space at any angle.

Science in 360°: Molecular Foundry Cleanroom

Experience the Foundry's cleanroom, where scientists make tiny devices such as antennas and sensors in a space that is nearly devoid of dust. Drag the video while it is playing to view this unique space at any angle.

Scientists Determine Precise 3-D Location and Identity of All 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

Foundry users partner with staff to map iron-platinum particle in unprecedented detail using one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes.

Silvia Vignolini, University of Cambridge

Cellulose Photonics: from Nature to Applications

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

Foundry users and staff find law-breaking property in vanadium dioxide that could lead to applications in thermoelectrics, window coatings.

Akif Tezcan, UC San Diego

Chemical Control of Protein Self-Assembly

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Guanying Chen, Harbin Institute of Technology

Dye-Sensitized Lanthanide-Doped Inorganic Core/Shell Nanostructures in the Near Infrared Range

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Electricity Found to Flow Without the Heat in Novel Material

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.

Researchers Reveal Atomic Structure of Nanoparticle in Unprecedented Detail

Molecular Foundry scientists and users determine the precise 3D location and identity of all 23,000 atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle.

Bill David, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and University of Oxford

The Role of Lithium Ion Conductivity in Sustainable Energy Systems: Lithium Batteries and Beyond

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Diversity and Inclusion Posters Developed

The Molecular Foundry's newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Committee recently developed four posters encouraging respect, mentorship, inclusiveness, work-life balance and conversation. The posters feature thought-provoking quotes from historical figures Marie Curie, Mildred Dresselhaus, Rene Dubos and Barack Obama.

John Randall, Zyvex Labs

Digital Atomic-Scale Fabrication and the Path to Manufacturing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Foundry Users Among Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

Raymond Weitekamp and Richard Wang of Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road are among the innovators on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list that honors “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” across 20 different industries.

Yang Yang, UCLA

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Interface and Intermediate Phases Engineering for Achieving Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Building 66 Auditorium

Mark Kasevich, Stanford University

Multi-Pass Electron Microscopy

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
67-3111 Chemla Room

Molecular Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 17

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Yang Yang from UCLA will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

Solar Water-Splitting Materials From the Bottom-Up

Indium Phosphide nanowires were grown and utilized as a light absorbing photocathode for solar-driven water splitting.

David Limmer, UC Berkeley

Rare but Important Charge Fluctuations at Solid-Electrolyte Interfaces

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Foundry Researchers Model the Self-Assembly of Particles into Specific Geometrical Arrangements

For the first time, researchers have simulated particles that can spontaneously self-assemble into networks that form geometrical arrangements called Archimedean tilings.

Atomic Structure of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires

Revealed the atomic structure, defect, strain, and surface characters of ultrathin Au nanowires.

Molecular Foundry Staff Retreat to the Redwoods

For the first time as an independent division, Molecular Foundry research and operations staff gathered for a two-day retreat at the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland hills.

The Molecular Foundry Returns to Capitol Hill

In December, Director Jeff Neaton and two Molecular Foundry users led a group to Washington D.C. to educate key members of Congress and staff about the DOE nanoscience user facilities.

Former Foundry Director Writes About Safety

In a recent editorial in ACS Central Science, former Foundry Director, Carolyn Bertozzi, talked about the ingredients for a positive safety culture.

Molecular Foundry Featured in The Vortex

The monthly magazine included an article by the Foundry's Ron Zuckermann in its December issue. The Vortex is published by the California Section of the American Chemical Society.

Foundry's Jeff Urban Among Winners of Nano-Micro Letters Researcher Award 2016

The NML Researcher Award was established to recognize research excellence in the field of nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in last three years.

Another Year, Another Victory for Foundry Scientist

Foundry staff scientist Steve Whitelam won the Berkeley Lab Runaround for the fifth time in November. The annual event features a 3 km course through the Lab's hilly campus. Whitelam, a member of the Theory Facility, finished with a time of 9:42.

A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

A team of Molecular Foundry scientists and users have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons.

Solar Cells Get Boost with Integration of Water-Splitting Catalyst onto Semiconductor

Molecular Foundry staff and users develop approach that could lead to more stable and efficient artificial photosystems.

Spectroscopic elucidation of energy transfer in hybrid inorganic–biological organisms

Two pathways facilitate electron and light energy transfer from semiconductor to bacterium as concluded using time-resolved spectroscopy and biochemical analysis.

Anisotropic phase segregation and migration of Pt in nanocrystals en route to nanoframe catalysts

Control of nanoscopic segregation of the elements in Pt-Ni rhombic dodecahedra (RD) was discovered to create a 3-D Pt3Ni nanoframe.

Composition Tunable and Highly Luminescent Cesium Lead Halide Nanowires through Anion-exchange Reactions

By combining a facial solution method with a post-synthetic approach, brightly emitting colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) nanowires with uniform diameter and tunable composition have been successfully synthesized.

Ultrathin Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

Highly uniform single crystal ultrathin CsPbBr3 nanowires with diameter of 2.2 nm and length up to several microns were successfully synthesized and purified using a catalyst-free colloidal method.

Single-nanowire photoelectrochemistry

A single-nanowire-based device has been developed for photoelectrochemistry (PEC).

Atomic Resolution Imaging of Halide Perovskites

Developed a low-dose method to enable atomic resolution imaging of halide perovskites without introducing structural damages.

A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

Molecular Foundry staff and users develop a method that can help scientists learn new ways to boost photovoltaic efficiency.

Foundry Industry User, Nano Hydrophobics, takes Best of Show in Valley Entrepreneur Showcase at the Central Valley Venture Forum

Nano Hydrophobics uses the Foundry to investigate nano-scopic coatings, which can prevent natural-occuring fouling on heat transfer surfaces. They have developed a nearly 200-nanometer thin, nano-composite polymer coating that provides surfaces with extremely low surface energy.

Molecular Foundry Researchers Account for Two of Berkeley Lab's Five 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 Brett Helms, along with user Ashok Gadgil, of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, were among the winners.

Luis Campos, Columbia University

Thiophene Rust in Single-Molecule Electronics and Singlet Fission

Monday, November 14, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

We Gather Here Today to Join Lasers and Anti-Lasers

Molecular Foundry users have, for the first time, achieved both lasing and anti-lasing in a single device. Their findings lay the groundwork for developing a new type of integrated device with the flexibility to operate as a laser, an amplifier, a modulator, and a detector.

Molecular Foundry Industry User Named One of "10 Start-Ups to Watch" by Chemical & Engineering News

PolySpectra uses 3D stereolithographic printing to rapidly form stable and durable parts with fine details. They use the Organic and Inorganic facilities at the Foundry to produce and analyze photo-activated polymers with unique structural properties.

Workshop Focuses in on Electron Microscopy

A “Future Electron Microscopy” workshop was held at Berkeley Lab to showcase the breadth and depth of electron microscopy and highlight the many opportunities that could come from integrating capabilities across the Laboratory.

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry and ALS observed, for the first time, a quantum property known as “chirality” in cadmium arsenide.

Bryan Huey, University of Connecticut

Nanoscale Investigations of Solar Cell Performance

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

MoS2 transistors with 1-nanometer gate lengths

Demonstration of the shortest gate length transistor using a MoS2 channel and ~ 1 nm diameter single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) gate.

Ulrike Wegst, Dartmouth College

The Science and Art of Freeze Casting: From Ice Crystal Nucleation and Growth to Biomedical and Energy Materials, and Edibles

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Local Stress Sensing using Tetrapod Nanocrystals

Tetrapod nanocrystal stress sensors have been embedded into structural films and simultaneous opto-mechanical tensile testing revealed new sensing modalities with orders of magnitude improved sensitivity to detect stress.

Mike Hagan, Brandeis University

Unexpected Ordered Phases in Active Matter Systems

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

Berkeley Lab-led research facilitated by the Molecular Foundry breaks major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

Scientific Diplomacy: Berkeley Lab Hosts 2016 TechWomen

The Molecular Foundry's Teresa Williams co-hosted two emerging leaders through the State Department’s mentoring program, which is designed to foster a global network of female scientists.

Berkley Lab Profiles the Molecular Foundry's Deirdre Olynick for National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Today, 55 million people or 17 percent of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

Mysterious quantum properties in cadmium arsenide point to new applications in electronics. The crystal samples were crafted at the Molecular Foundry and their 3-D structure was detailed using x-rays at the Advanced Light Source.

Two Industrial Users of the Molecular Foundry Highlighted by Fortune Magazine

Article entitled, "Energy Entrepreneurs Chart a New Path in the Wake of the Cleantech Crash" features the work of two companies supported through Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road program.

Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source to Play Role in New NSF-Funded Center

The National Science Foundation’s newly announced five-year awards for Science and Technology Centers include a Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging to improve nano- and atomic-scale imaging, involving the Foundry’s Andy Minor, ALS’s Roger Falcone and several other Foundry scientists.

Nanoscale Tetrapods Could Provide Early Warning of a Material’s Failure

Molecular Foundry staff and users partner to develop a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field.

Foundry User Profiled by RSC News

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) provides Researcher Mobility Grants to assist early career researchers with their research. Hannah Bolt used the program to facilitate her time in the Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility.

Christopher Dames, UC Berkeley

Heat Transfer in Nanomaterials

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Subatomic Microscopy Key to Building New Classes of Materials

Molecular Foundry users from Penn State University and Cornell University have worked with staff to describe the first atomic scale evidence for strain-induced ferroelectricity in a layered oxide.

Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University

One Photon, Two Photons, Red Photon, Blue photon: Upconverters for Efficient Solar Harvesting and Biological Force Sensing

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Molecular Foundry User Featured in MIT's Technology Review

Cyclotron Road’s Kendra Kuhl Featured in ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ for 2016.

Foundry Staff and User Team to Win ARPA-E IONICS Funding

The award was given to a group that included Cyclotron Road's Sepion Technologies, a start up company built on battery membrane technology developed at the Molecular Foundry by staff scientist Brett Helms and user Peter Frischmann.

Stanley Love, NASA

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Building 66 Auditorium

Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins September 13

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). NASA Astronaut Stanley Love will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

Five Nanoscience Research Projects That Could Deliver Big Results

Berkeley Lab researchers are on the cutting edge of nanoscience. In a list of five high-impact nanoscience projects identified by Berkeley Lab, four came from work at the Molecular Foundry. This list ended with a video produced by the Molecular Foundry that was recently highlighted on the Department of Energy's website.

Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

The Molecular Foundry's Ron Zuckermann is among the researchers featured in Scientific American.

Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Foundry staff and users to take advantage of DOE’s advanced supercomputer capabilities.

A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

Molecular Foundry users show how metal-organic frameworks provide a new platform for solving the structure of hard-to-study samples.

Foundry Users Create ‘Second Skin’ for Protection from Biological and Chemical Agents

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists working at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry and ALS has created a material that is highly breathable yet protective from potential warfare agents.

Discovery Could Dramatically Boost Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells

Nanoscale images by researchers at the Molecular Foundry yield surprise that could push efficiency to 31 percent.

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of electrodes made with the compound vanadium pentoxide.

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of staff and users working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of a material considered key to the next generation of batteries.

Foundry User Participates in Regional Cancer Moonshot Summit

Molecular Foundry user Ambika Bumb recently participated in a Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

Boosted Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells to 31 Percent

A multidisciplinary team of staff and users at the Molecular Foundry are now able to differentiate high performing areas on perovskite solar cells that approach the material’s theoretical energy conversion limit of 31%

New Properties Discovered in a 2-D Semiconductor

Scientists at the Molecular Foundry, in collaboration with researchers at the ALS, have found that linear defects in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) create one-atom thick metallic wires that cross the otherwise intact semiconductor.

Observation of Polarization Vortices in Complex Oxide Superlattices

Identified the existence of non-uniform polarization vortex states in a ferroelectric material

New Discovery By Foundry Users Could Better Predict How Semiconductors Weather Abuse

Research by JCAP scientists could speed development of solar-fuel generators.

New Chemical ‘Sponges’ Designed to Soak Up Toxic Cancer-fighting Drugs After Targeting Tumors

Foundry users develop new tools to capture chemotherapy drugs before they circulate throughout the body

Ron Zuckermann Joins Panel Discussion Featuring DOE "Makers"

Zuckermann has developed 3D molecular models of polypeptide chains, which can be 3D-printed as objects that demonstrate protein folding. His "Peppytides" were featured at the 2016 Maker Faire that was attended by over 100,000 inventors, tinkerers and hobbyists