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 October 1, 2014

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.

Mysteries of Space Dust Revealed

A large team of researchers, using the advance characterization capabilities of NCEM and the ALS at Berkeley Lab, help give a first look at suspected extra-solar particles.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Westmacott (1930-2014)

Kenneth Westmacott passed away on July 30 at the age of 84. From 1986-1992, he served as director of NCEM, which he helped establish in the late 70's and early 80’s by leading the project that brought the nation’s highest-voltage microscope to LBNL.

"Imaging Life" Crosses Biological Boundaries, Introduces Integrated Bioimaging

Foundry researchers join LBNL colleagues to create a first-of-its-kind book on biological imaging at the macromolecular and mesoscale


Toyota's Battery Research Extends from ALS to the Molecular Foundry

Toyota is accelerating their development of new magnesium-based battery technologies through a partnership with the Foundry's Theory Facility that will help them better understand and validate the experimental data they obtain at ALS.

Researchers Target Embryonic Stem Cell Sugars

Foundry users recently created a molecular mimic of the sugar-decorated proteins that help mouse embryonic stem cells develop into nerve cells. The goal is to better understand how cell surface sugars influence stem cell differentiation into specific cell types.

Characterizing Hot Carriers Could Hold the Key to Future Solar Cell Efficiencies

Users of the Molecular Foundry have cleared one of the major road blocks to the design and development of new, more efficient solar cells by designing a theoretical model for characterizing electrical charge carriers.

Chemically Amplified Molecular Photoresist for High-Resolution Lithography

Users from Intel collaborated with staff from the Molecular Foundry and the ALS to create a new approach to photoresist that achieves both high-resolution and sensitivity.

A New Chemical Recipe Raises Prospect of Inexpensive Fuel

Foundry users develop a new metal-organic framework (MOF) that turns ethane - a natural gas component - into liquid ethanol, paving the way for easier, safer, and less expensive use of natural gas.

New Chemistry for High-Resolution Patterning at the Nanoscale

A collaboration between users from Intel and Foundry staff - with contributions from ALS - outlines the chemistry of photoresist, enabling smaller features for future generations of microprocessors.

Nanocrystal Simulation Verified by the Discovery of Predicted Hydroxyl Ions

A research team that included Molecular Foundry staff recently reported an atomic level simulation of semiconducting nanocrystals that provide a new understanding of the precise atomic structure at their surfaces.

Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley

Regenerative Thermo-PhotoVoltaics, a New Opportunity in Radiative Science

Peidong Yang, UC Berkeley

Semiconductor Nanowires for Artificial Photosynthesis

Nanoparticles: To Be or Not to Be Crystalline?

Researchers working at NCEM and another NSRC discovered that there is no one size where particles go from non-crystalline to crystalline phases

Bruce Cohen, Molecular Foundry

Zapping Ugly Ducklings into Swans: Weakly Luminescent Nanocrystals that Make Exceptional Single-Molecule Imaging Probes

Method Developed to Stabilize Semiconductors for Use in Artificial Photosynthesis

Researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), performed work at three user facilities at LBL; the Molecular Foundry provided fabrication resources while NCEM and ALS were used to characterize the device.

Foundry and NCEM Scientists Join LBNL Contingent to Raise User Facility Awareness on Capitol Hill

LBNL user facility staff and collaborators recently traveled to DC to meet with Congressional Representatives and their staff, as well as participate in the 4th Annual National User Facility Organization (NUFO) Science Expo.

Xiang Zhang Appointed Director of Materials Sciences Division

UC Berkeley professor, nanoscience researcher and Molecular Foundry user to lead the LBNL division that oversees the Foundry and NCEM

Unexpected Water Explains Surface Chemistry of Nanocrystals

A research team that included Foundry staff discovered how charged ligands balance on the surface of colloidal nanoparticles, thereby validating a novel atomic level simulation of semiconducting nanocrystals

Probing Dopant Distribution

Finding by Foundry researchers opens the door to better doping of semiconductor nanocrystals

Organic Facility Director Frank Svec Retiring

Frank Svec, Director of the Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis Facility since its inception, will be retiring on June 15. Matt Francis will be joining the Foundry as Acting Facility Director.

Jeff Neaton Takes Over DOE Instagram Account

The DOE gave followers a glimpse into a day in the life of Jeff Neaton on May 15 through its Instagram account. Over 20 pictures were used to capture what goes into a day as the Director of the Molecular Foundry.

Eva Nogales, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11am

Visualization of biological macromolecular complexes by Cryo-EM

The Influence of Dopant Distribution on the Plasmonic Properties of Indium Tin Oxide Nanocrystals

Molecular Foundry researchers demonstrated the strong influence of dopant distribution on the optoelectronic properties of colloidal indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocrystals.

Delia Milliron, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11am

The Role of Surfaces and Interfaces in Nanocrystal-Based Materials

Foundry/NCEM Create New Seminar Series Beginning May 13

Nine seminar speakers will represent the diverse expertise found at the Foundry and NCEM. Seminars on topics of general interest will take place on Tuesdays at 11am in the Chemla Room.

Jason Azoulay, University of Southern Mississippi

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11am

Narrow Band Gap Conjugated Polymers for Emergent Electronic Technologies

Foundry Scientists Demo ‘Peppytide’ Protein Models at Maker Faire

Ron Zuckermann and Promita Chakraborty of the Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility participated in the 2014 Maker Faire to show off their 3D foldable peptide models recently featured in PNAS.

William Chueh, Stanford University

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11am

Ion Intercalation in Materials for Batteries and Fuel Cells

Weber-Bargioni Selected for Early Career Research Award

Alex Weber-Bargioni, a staff scientist in the Molecular Foundry's Imaging and Manipulation Facility, was selected as one of 35 scientists to receive significant funding from DOE’s Early Career Research Program.

Jeff Neaton, Molecular Foundry

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11am

Nanoscale Perspectives on Organic Energy Materials from Ab Initio Quantum Mechanics

Probing for Better Doping of Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Foundry research shows that the distribution of dopant is just as important as the amount of dopant when designing semiconductors with desired properties

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