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 Learn more about becoming a user of the Molecular Foundry Call for Proposals: The next deadline for standard proposals is September 30, 2015

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
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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
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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
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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
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John Lupton, University of Regensburg

Coherent Spin Oscillations in OLEDs

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Gao Liu, LBNL

Mesoscale Origin of the Enhanced Cycling-Stability of the Si-Functional Conductive Polymer Anode for Li-ion Batteries

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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David Masiello, University of Washington

A Taxonomy of the Magneto-Optical Responses of Cyclic Plasmon-Supporting Metal Oligomers

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Former Foundry Researcher ‘Cycling for Science’ Featured on NBC News

Rachel Woods-Robinson and her cycling partner have been on their cross-country trip for about two weeks and have around 14 states to go. They are visiting middle schools along the way teaching fun lessons in physics and celebrating STEM teachers.

Oxygen: Poison to Titanium

Scientists working at the Molecular Foundry have found the mechanism by which titanium becomes brittle with just a few extra atoms of oxygen

Doug Natelson, Rice University

Vibrational and Electronic Heating in Atomic-Scale Junctions

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Nanosheets Need Only Water, Sunlight To React

Manganese (Mn) oxides are some of the most redox reactive minerals in natural waters, breaking down natural organic matter into carbon dioxide. Recent work at the Foundry has found that photoexcitation could lead to net reduction in water without any organic molecule present.

Elaine Chan Fosters New Collaborations with ALS

In an ongoing effort to build closer working relationships between Berkeley Lab’s nanoscale science research center and light source, Elaine Chan has recently been appointed to a new role as a joint Molecular Foundry/ALS project scientist.

Foundry Scientist Bruce Cohen Receives Cal-BRAIN Seed Grants

The Cal-BRAIN program, which aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain, has awarded $120,000 to 16, including one to Bruce Cohen of the Foundry, who’s project will look at nano-optogenetic control of neuronal firing with targeted nanocrystals.

On the Road to Spin-orbitronics

Molecular Foundry researchers at NCEM have led the discovery of a technique by which the so-called “spin textures” of magnetic domain walls in ultrathin magnets can be switched between left-handed, right-handed, cycloidal, helical and mixed structures.

MRS Article Highlights Molecular Foundry's Contributions to NNI

Director, Jeff Neaton, and recent work on Smart Windows were featured in an MRS Bulletin article discussing the nation's investment in nanotechnology and progress that has been made.

Foundry Group Attends Upward Bound Nanoscience Conference

Molecular Foundry senior staff scientist Ron Zuckermann and two of his undergraduate students delivered a lecture on the Wonders of Nanoscience at the Upward Bound Nanoscience conference, a college prep program for Bay Area high school students.

Robot Chemist Enables Fast, High-Yield Chemistry

Foundry scientist, Ron Zuckermann, was featured in an LBL story about his career pioneering the use of robots to discover and produce biomimetic polymers.

DOE Deputy Secretary Visits the Molecular Foundry

New DOE Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met with Foundry scientists and visited several labs during her visit to LBL on Tuesday, March 24.

Molecular Foundry Users Develop A Technique to Map Temperature at the Nanoscale

A team of researchers working at the Foundry have created a thermal imaging technique that can “see” how temperature changes from point to point inside the smallest electronic circuits.

Taeghwan Hyeon, Seoul National University

Designed Chemical Synthesis and Assembly of Uniform-sized Nanoparticles for Medical and Energy Applications

Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11am
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A Better Way of Scrubbing CO2

Foundry researchers team up to find a way to improve the cost effectiveness of carbon capture through the use of MOFs.

Research Could Lead to More Efficient Electrical Energy Storage

Users of the Molecular Foundry have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored.

Andy Minor Recieves 2015 Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America (MSA)

The Burton Medal has been given since 1975 to recognize a scientist under the age of 40 who has made distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis.

Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

Study by a multidisciplinary team of Foundry researchers reveals key details in the formation of S-layer nanosheets.

Study Reveals How Oxygen is Like Kryptonite to Titanium

Scientists working at the Molecular Foundry have found the mechanism by which titanium, prized for its high strength-to-weight ratio and natural resistance to corrosion, becomes brittle with just a few extra atoms of oxygen.

Yadong Yin, UC-Riverside

Responsive Nanostructured Optical Materials

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Alec Talin, Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore)

Achieving Emergent Properties for Electronic and Energy Conversion Device Applications

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Karsten Reuter, Technische Universität München

First-Principles Embedding Approaches for Energy Science

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Jim Wells, UCSF

Drug Discovery at Novel Allosteric Sites

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Michael A. Guillorn, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Self-assembled, self-aligned and self healing: CMOS scaling enabled by stochastic suppression at the nanoscale

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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New Molecular Foundry Logo Released

Following the merge of the Molecular Foundry and NCEM at the start of FY 2015, a new logo has been created to represent the newly integrated center. The logo, slide templates and a style guide are available for download on the redesigned website.

Wilson Ho, UCI

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Imaging Bonds and Chemical Interactions

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Building 66 Auditorium

Precision Growth of Light-emitting Nanowires

Team of Molecular Foundry researchers have developed a novel approach to growing nanowires that promises a new means of control over their light-emitting and electronic properties. This technique uses specially engineered catalysts that could be used for making next-generation devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, and high power electronics.

Oren Scherman, Cambridge University

Dynamic Host-Guest Interactions at the Interface between Supramolecular Chemistry and Materials Science

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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Stacey Bent, Stanford

Improving Energy Conversion with Nanoscale Materials

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Foundry Researcher Quoted in Scientific American Story

Christian Kisielowski, a staff scientist in the Molecular Foundry's National Center for Electron Microscopy, was quoted in the popular magazine for a story on blue LEDs following their Nobel Prize win in 2014.

Three Foundry Scientists Receive 2015 Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Awards

Molecular Foundry Staff Scientists, Jeff Neaton, Caroline Ajo-Franklin and Brett Helms, were included among those LBNL researchers receiving funds through the FY 2015 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program.

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

Peppytides developed at the Foundry by Ron Zuckermann and his grad student, Promita Chakraborty, 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.