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Foundry's Jim Schuck Featured on DOE's #LabChat: The Science of the Very Small

Energy.gov hosted a Twitterchat with three National Lab nanoscientists, including the Foundry's Imaging & Manipulation Facility Director, Jim Schuck.

Efficient Conversion of Carbon Monoxide to Liquid Fuel

A multidisciplinary team of users at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) created copper-derived electrocatalysts that efficiently produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide (CO) gas at room temperature and pressure.

Molecular Foundry Participates in NASA Earth Day Global Selfie

Users and staff in the Foundry's Nanofabrication Facility with Facility Director Stefano Cabrini and Staff Engineer Adam Schwartzberg. Other participating centers from LBNL included NERSC, ESNet, ESD, JGI, and ALS.

Frank Svec Honored with Nernst-Tswett Award by the EuSSS

Director of Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis Facility will receive the Nernst-Tswett Award from the European Society for Separation Science (EuSSS) at the 30th International Symposium on Chromatography in Salzburg later this year.

Sen. Feinstein Visits Molecular Foundry

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently visited the Molecular Foundry where she met with Director Jeff Neaton and Staff Scientist Delia Milliron.

Bright Future for Protein Nanoprobes

Molecular Foundry researchers discover new rules for single-particle imaging with light-emitting nanocrystals that should be a big asset for biological imaging, especially deep-tissue optical imaging of neurons in the brain.

EERE’s David Danielson Visits Molecular Foundry

As part of his visit to LBNL, David Danielson, Assistant DOE Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), visited the Molecular Foundry to hear about industry engagement at the lab.

Foundry/NCEM Combined Call for Proposals – Deadline March 31st

In preparation for their merge that will be finalized by October 1, 2014, the Molecular Foundry and the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) have combined their user proposal submission and review processes for their next Call for Proposals. Proposals can be submitted here and will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

NCEM Scientists at ‘Science at the Theater’ Event in Richmond

NCEM scientists Peter Ercius and Jim Ciston, along with four other Berkeley Lab researchers, will share how discovery happens and what it means to the public at Richmond's East Bay Center for the Performing Arts on May from 7-8:30 p.m.

Prof. Korin Wheeler, Santa Clara University

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11am

Evaluation of the Role of Proteins in the Environmental Fate and Reactivity of Nanomaterials

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11am

Walter Drisdell, LBL: Probing Adsorption Interactions In Metal-Organic Frameworks Using X-ray Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory

Kyuho Lee, LBL: Systematic Study of Small Molecule Adsorption in Open-site Metal-organic Frameworks from First-principles

Field of Peptoid Chemistry Emerges at ACS Meeting

Peptoid chemistry, a field originally developed by Foundry researcher Ron Zuckermann, celebrated its first dedicated session at this month's American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting in Dallas

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Foundry Research Featured on Physics World Webinar

March 26 event will focus on recent advances in nanoscale etching and atomic layer deposition, featuring the Foundry's Deirdre Olynick and Kim Lee from Seagate

Discovery of New Semiconductor Holds Promise for 2D Physics and Electronics

Foundry users have discovered a new member of the transition metal dichalcogenides (sTMD) family that behaves as electronically and vibrationally decoupled monolayers.

NCEM Leadership Change

After more than 20 years as Director of NCEM, Ulrich Dahmen has stepped into a new role as Senior Advisor. Andrew Minor is serving as Acting Director.

Newly Developed Tool Enables Remote Researchers to Take a Deeper Look at Interfaces

For the first time, data collected and analyzed by a very remote user of NCEM has been published.

A New Mathematics for Experimental Science

Foundry researchers help lay the groundwork for a new LBL center designed to bring innovative math solutions to experimental science problems

Christine Payne, Georgia Tech

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11am

Protein Corona: Protein Structure Dictates Nanoparticle-cell Interactions

Optimized Nanocrystals for Single-Molecule Imaging

Users at the Molecular Foundry have discovered a new member of the transition metal dichalcogenides (sTMD) family, rhenium disulphide (ReS2).

Foundry Scientist Presented Next Big Tech Idea at 'Science at the Theater' Event

Gloria Olivier, a postdoc in the Biological Nanostructures Facility, joined four other Berkeley Lab researchers in a showcase of technologies that will greatly benefit society. Olivier's idea of "Molecular Velcro" was selected as the most promising by the panel of the judges.

Dr. Peter Fischer, Center for X-ray Optics, LBNL

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11am

Full-field soft x-ray microscopy: a unique tool for nano- and mesoscience

Makoto Fujita, University of Tokyo, Dept. of Applied Chemistry

Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10am

Crystalline Sponge Method: X-ray Analysis without Crystallization on the Microgram Scale

In Memoriam: Gareth Thomas (1932–2014)

Gareth Thomas, founder of the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and one of the world’s foremost experts on electron microscopy, passed away on February 7. He was 81.

Optimized Nanocrystals for Single-Molecule Imaging

A multidisciplinary team of Molecular Foundry scientists used advanced characterization and theoretical modeling to develop significantly smaller and brighter upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs).

Matthew Pelton, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11am

Optical Studies of Nanoscale Physics: Semiconductor Nanoplatelets, Vibrating Metal Nanoparticles, and Metal-Semiconductor Assemblies

Ke Xu, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11am

Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy: New Biology Revealed by Sub-10 nm Resolution

Foundry Scientist, Deirdre Olynick, Hosting Virtual Lab Tour

The Molecular Foundry will be featured during a "virtual field trip" of LBL as part of a new series of Google+ Connected Classrooms hangouts.

Foundry Research Featured on Journal Cover and DoD Blog

The Dept. of Defense Blog, Armed with Science, recently featured Foundry computational work on peptoid forcefields that was also on the cover of the Journal of Computational Chemistry.

Dr. Frank Q. Zhu, HGST

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11am

Controlled Nucleation Growth of Granular Thin Films by Templating Effect and Self-Assembly

Dr. Hou-Tong Chen, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, LANL

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11am

Terahertz Metamaterials – Structure Design, Material Integration and Emergent Functionality

Alexandros Lappas, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser

Properties and Applications of Surface-stabilised Iron-Oxide Magnetic Nanoclusters

Good Vibrations: Researchers Tune the Chemical Bonds of Buckyballs

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry, in collaboration with scientists from Rice University, were able to tune chemical bonds to become stronger or weaker by using an applied voltage and electric current in fullerene or "buckyball" molecules.

Cooling Microprocessors with Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have developed a "process friendly" technique that would enable the cooling of microprocessor chips through carbon nanotubes.

Dr. David Baker, University of Washington

Design of Protein Structures, Functions and Assemblies

Video Story on Peppytides: Interactive Models of Polypeptide Chains

Molecular Foundry researchers have created a new video short story on the development of Peppytides, the scaled, 3D-printed models of polypeptide chains that can be folded into accurate protein structures.

Ales Hrabec, Leeds University

The Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) can be measured via several techniques but the magnetic field-based method avoids all the problems with patterning and potential mixing with current-related effects such as the Spin Hall Effect or the Rashba field.

Computational Design of a New MOF for N2/CH4 Separations

A collaborative team of Molecular Foundry Users and staff used computation to design and predict a new metal–organic framework (MOF) able to separate dinitrogen from methane and other methane-rich gases.

Molecular Foundry Highlighted in Local Newspaper

Following a visit to the Molecular Foundry, Contra Costa Times Columnist, Tom Barnidge highlighted the the potential for nanoscience research in his front page column entitled, "Lab thinks small to net big results."

Neaton Named American Physical Society (APS) Fellow

Neaton was part of the recent class of APS Fellows for his "fundamental contributions to the understanding of phase behavior, electronic structure, and transport properties of condensed matter, particularly multiferroics, nanostructures, and materials for energy conversion and storage."

Enhancing Thermal Transport of Carbon Nanotubes

In a User project with Intel, Foundry scientists have shown that the use of short organic molecules that form covalent bonds between metal surfaces and vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) leads to a six-fold reduction in thermal interface resistance.

Three Foundry Scientists Receive 2014 Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Awards

Molecular Foundry Staff Scientists, Alex Weber-Bargioni, Caroline Ajo-Franklin and Brett Helms, were included among those LBNL researchers receiving funds through the FY2014 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program.

Peppytides Featured in Make Magazine

Make Magazine, a bimonthly magazine that focuses on DIY projects, recently highlighted the Peppytide models that were developed at the Molecular Foundry by Dr. Ron Zuckermann and Promita Chakraborty. Peppytides are scientifically accurate models of biological structures that can be used by students and researchers.

SOFs Take to Water

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have unveiled the first two-dimensional SOFs that self-assemble in solution, an important breakthrough that holds implications for sensing and separation technologies, energy sciences, and, perhaps most importantly, biomimetics.

Holistic Cell Design by Berkeley Lab Scientists Leads to High-Performance, Long Cycle-Life Lithium-Sulfur Battery

Researchers at Berkeley Lab, including the Molecular Foundry, have developed a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, and that lasts for more than 1,500 cycles with minimal decay of the battery's capacity.

Dr. Peter Gregory, Editor in Chief, Advanced Materials

Publishing Trends in Science and How to Survive Peer Review

Self-assembled Single-layer 2D Frameworks

Foundry Users have created the first 2D supramolecular organic framework (SOF) with honeycomb periodicity using a novel solution-based self-assembly approach

USA Today Features Molecular Foundry Research

Delia Milliron's work on smart windows was included in the USA Today article, "Innovations that will transform home of the future"

An Inside Look at MOFs

A team LBL researchers, including members of the Molecular Foundry's Theory Facility, probe into the electronic structure of metal-organic frameworks (MOF), which may lead to improved capturing of greenhouse gases.

Thomas Boone, HGST/Western Digital

A Tradition of Miniaturization (The Evolution of the Hard Disk Drive & the Potential of Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording)

Foundry and NCEM Staff Gather to Identify Scientific Synergies

The Molecular Foundry and NCEM staff participated in a Scientific Retreat on November 4-5 to discuss new scientific opportunities in nanoscience and electron scattering and identify research areas that could benefit from increasingly close collaboration.

UEC Speakers

David Britt, Berkeley Lab: Steps Toward Controlling her External Surface Chemistry of Metal-organic Frameworks

Dianne Xiao, UC Berkeley: Iron Metal-organic Frameworks for Hydrocarbon Oxidations

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UC President Janet Napolitano Visits Foundry

Newly appointed UC President Janet Napolitano spent the day at LBNL recently, which included a visit to the Molecular Foundry.

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Alison Hatt to Direct User Program

Former Molecular Foundry postdoc, Alison Hatt, has been selected as User Program Director.

Jeff Urban Joins Eight Researchers in Sharing "Big Ideas" at Science at the Theatre

Eight LBNL scientists including Jeff Urban, Director of the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, presented eight game-changing concepts in eight minutes as part of the Science at the Theater on Monday, Oct. 28.

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Foundry Researchers Take Cues From Nature in Designing a Programmable Nanomaterial for Biosensing

Researchers have created a new "molecular Velcro" that mimics the way natural antibodies recognize viruses and toxins, and could lead to a new class of biosensors.

Foundry User Wins "Genius Award"

Molecular Foundry User, Craig Fennie, received one of this year's 24 MacArthur Fellowship Awards for his research on the material properties of new nanostructures.

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Gordana Dukovic, University of Colorado

Photophysics and Photochemistry of Nanoscale Semiconductors

Milliron's Nanotech Breakthrough Enables Manipulation Of Light

Forbes Magazine recently conducted a Q&A with Delia Milliron of the Molecular Foundry, asking about her research in developing smart windows, commercialization of this technology, how the Foundry works, and building relationships with local start-ups.

Making Smart Windows Even Smarter

At the heart of their technology is a new "designer" electrochromic material, made from nanocrystals of indium tin oxide embedded in a glassy matrix of niobium oxide.

Functionalized Nanosheets Designed For Molecular Recognition

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have designed and synthesized a new class of antibody-mimetic material consisting of peptoid nanosheets covered in functional peptide loops.

2013 Annual User Meeting Postponed

Due to the impact of the partial federal government shutdown on our event planning and outreach activities, the 2013 Annual User Meeting (AUM) has been postponed. A new date in the first half of 2014 is currently being arranged.

Uncovering Size Dependence of Hydriding Phase Transformations in Nanocrystals

Understanding what happens to a material as it undergoes phase transformations is of fundamental scientific interest and critical for optimizing commercial applications.

In Water as In Love, Likes Can Attract

An LBNL research team that included Molecular Foundry theorist David Prendergast has shown that, when hydrated in water, positively charged ions (cations) can actually pair up with one another.

Jeff Neaton Named Director of Molecular Foundry

Jeff Neaton, a long-time Foundry researcher in the field of computational nanoscience, has been appointed director of the Molecular Foundry.

Francesca Morabito, University of Catania, Italy

An Analysis of the Molecular Foundry's Industrial Collaborations: Recommendations for Program Enhancements and Changes.

Building Blocks for Biochemists

Molecular Foundry scientists have built a flexible, scaled, physical model of a polypeptide chain that accurately reproduces its secondary structures.

Size Matters as Nanocrystals Go Through Phases

Foundry researchers have demonstrated that as metal nanocrystals go through phase transformations, size can make a much bigger difference than previously believed.

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Alex Weber-Bargioni, The Molecular Foundry

Investigating the Propagation of Optically Excited States and Optoelectronic Processes in Nano Building Block Assemblies

Research may Predict How Carbon is Stored Underground

Computer simulations indicate calcium carbonate has a dense liquid phase.

Prof. Lian-Mao Peng, Peking University

Friday, August 2, 2013
Carbon Nanotube Electronics: Extending the Moore Law to the End of the Roadmap and Beyond

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Raising the IQ of Smart Windows

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have designed a thin coating of nanocrystals embedded in glass that can dynamically modify sunlight as it passes through a window.

Foundry Researchers Receive Two 2013 R&D 100 Awards

Congratulations to the Molecular Foundry's award-winning innovators! Presented by R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 Awards recognize the year's top 100 new technologies.

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Solar Cells: More than skin deep

A collaborative team of scientists at the Molecular Foundry and Plant PV, a small company researching photovoltaic materials, have developed a technique to directly measure the carrier dynamics of photovoltaic materials beyond the surface.

Gold Boosts Chromatography

At a recent ACS National Meeting, the Foundry's Frank Svec described how gold nanoparticles can improve the performance of chromatography.

Black Gold Makes Bright Beams

Researchers led by Foundry scientist Alex Polyakov have designed nanoscale arrays for photocathodes, opening new possibilities for next generation light sources.

Rachel Segalman Appointed Acting Division Director for Materials Sciences

Rachel Segalman has been appointed as the acting director of the Materials Sciences Division, effective July 8. The Molecular Foundry is a part of the Material Sciences Division.

Three Foundry Scientists Honored with Director's Awards for Exceptional Achievement

Congratulations to the winners from the Molecular Foundry of the 2013 Director's Awards for Exceptional Achievement!

Foundry's Ritankar Das Is Campus's Top Graduating Senior

At 18, Das graduates as Cal's youngest University Medalist in at least a century, earning degrees in bioengineering and chemical biology in only three years.

Semiconducting Films Tailored for Future Energy

Berkeley Lab researchers have shown that robust metal chalcogenide architectures can be constructed from colloidal nanocrystal building units.

Nanoscientist Shares Love of Bike Racing with Local Community

Alex Weber-Bargioni of the Foundry revealed the "Actual Science" of riding a bike before a standing-room-only crowd at the Actual Café in North Oakland recently.

Size Doesn't Matter

Large volume changes which occur in electrode materials as a result of the electrochemical alloying reactions in batteries lead to severe mechanical deformation of electrode materials and eventual failure.

W.E. Moerner, Stanford University

August 27, 2013

Keeping Lithography Current

Foundry researchers have discovered how to improve current optical lithography techniques by reducing pitch gratings.

Bacteria Power

A team led by the Foundry's Caroline Ajo-Franklin has demonstrated that engineered E. coli strains can generate measurable current at an anode.

Seeing in Color at the Nanoscale

Foundry researchers have developed a new tool that delivers information about nanoscale chemistry and interactions with light, the atomic microscopy equivalent to color.

Steve Granick, the University of Illinois

September 17, 2013

Holger Schmidt, UC Santa Cruz

September 24, 2013

Foundry Welcomes Branden Brough

Before becoming the Foundry's new communications and outreach specialist, Brough worked at the NIH where he led congressional and public outreach efforts.

Ron Zuckermann Takes Center Stage

The Foundry's Ron Zuckermann presented his "Big Idea"—mimicking nature to make better materials—before a live audience at a recent Science at the Theater event.

Bacteria Power

The Foundry's Caroline Ajo-Franklin and her team have demonstrated that engineered E. coli strains can generate measurable current at an anode.

Defining Structure in Synthetic Proteins

In a collaborative study, Foundry researchers have demonstrated that reliable de novo structural prediction for peptoids is possible.

S-layer Key to Self-Assembly

Using in situ AFM to observe S-layer formation on mica chips, Foundry scientists show that a kinetic trap occurs during protein self-assembly.

Better Bonding

The Foundry's Jim DeYoreo led the development of a groundbreaking model that predicts molecular interactions.

New Direction for Nanorods

MSD's Haimei Zheng and the Foundry's Stephen Whitelam contribute to new findings that resolve a decades-long debate about nanoparticle growth dynamics.

Nanopillar Array Boosts Electron Photoemission

A new technique developed with the Foundry's Bruce Harteneck proves that the plasmonic field of a gold nanopillar array enhances photoemitted-electron energies.       

Nanoscience in Pure Color

The Foundry's Delia Milliron and colleagues have developed a model to accurately predict the color and purity of upconverted light emitted by any combination of ions.

Enhanced Carbon Capture

The Foundry's Jeff Neaton led the discovery of a new CO2-binding mechanism that may help design materials to capture and store anthropogenic carbon emissions.

Energy Conversion at the Nanoscale

Researchers from Columbia University and the Foundry reveal a surprising relationship between electrical conductivity and thermopower at the molecular scale.

An Atlas for Nanotube Exploration

A research team co-led by Feng Wang of the Materials Sciences Division has mapped out an atlas of carbon nanotubes' key structural and optical properties.

Foundry User Wins $4 Million Grant

ARPA-E has awarded $4 million to local start-up and Foundry user Alveo Energy to develop efficient, cost-effective batteries based on the pigment Prussian Blue.

Smart Windows: Behind the Scenes

Foundry scientist Delia Milliron and colleagues look ahead with smart window technology for energy efficiency in this Behind the Scenes @ Berkeley Lab video.

Seeing in Color at the Nanoscale

Foundry researchers have developed a new tool that delivers information about nanoscale chemistry and interactions with light, the atomic microscopy equivalent to color.

Intern Shakes Up Science

Molecular Foundry intern Arron Phillips likes to shake up her perspective for the good of science, as seen in these artistic images of her research on metal-organic frameworks.

Foundry's Milliron Wins $3 Million ARPA-E Grant

Foundry scientist Delia Milliron has received a $3 million ARPA-E grant for her work on enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings through smart windows.

Foundry Spin-Off Wins NOVA Competition

Heliotrope Technologies, a Molecular Foundry spin-off company, has won the 2012 NOVA Innovation Competition for its energy-efficient smart window coatings.

Folding Funnel Key to Biomimicry

Foundry researchers led by Jim DeYoreo and Carolyn Bertozzi have proved that folding funnels are essential to self-assembling multiple proteins.

Foundry Scientists Honored with Director's Awards

Congratulations to Jim Schuck, Alex Weber-Bargioni, and Ron Zuckermann for winning the 2013 Director's Awards for Exceptional Achievement!

Better Bonding

The Foundry's Jim DeYoreo led the development of a groundbreaking model that describes how molecular bonds form and break, and predicts molecular interactions.

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