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 April 1, 2015

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.

Jim Wells, UCSF

Drug Discovery at Novel Allosteric Sites

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

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
67-3111 Chemla Room

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
67-3111 Chemla Room

Stacey Bent, Stanford

Improving Energy Conversion with Nanoscale Materials

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

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.

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

Foundry staff assisted scientists at UMass Medical School in the characterization of upconverting nanoparticles developed for potential clinical applications in photodynamic therapy, an approach that could kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

Researchers Speak to High School Students about Materials Sciences

Three Foundry researchers presented at talk on “Materials Research at the Molecular Foundry: Working in Invisible Realms” to a local engineering high school class, touching on prominent recent discoveries at the lab and sharing career advice.

Scientists Design Protein-esque Molecules to Lock Up Carbon Dioxide

Inspired by marine organisms that take in carbon dioxide dissolved in water and turn it into protective calcium carbonate layers, a team from PNNL was able to speed and slow calcium carbonate formation by using Foundry-produced molecules that mimic proteins.

Study Reveals Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes

A combined experimental and theoretical approach at the Molecular Foundry has resulted in the ability to not only look at the molecules next to an electrode's surface, but to determine how their arrangement changes depending on the voltage.

Tarantula Venom Illuminates Electrical Activity in Live Cells

Users of the Molecular Foundry have created a probe that combines tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells, and could help map neural activity in the human brain.

Felix Fischer, UC Berkeley

Teaching Polymers the Meaning of Life and Confining Electrons in Graphene nanoribbons

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

LBL scientists using the Foundry, ALS and NERSC, have uncovered properties of aqueous carbonic acid that should benefit the development of carbon sequestration and mitigation technologies, and improve our understanding of how carbonic acid regulates the pH of blood.

Carbon Nanotube Porins Mimic Biological Channels

Users of the Molecular Foundry have demonstrated that short carbon nanotubes (CNTs) insert into cell membranes and transport molecules like biological membrane channels

Molecular Foundry and NCEM Merge Complete

At the request of DOE, the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) has become the seventh facility of the Molecular Foundry.

Dispelling a Misconception About Mg-Ion Batteries

David Prendergast and Liwen Wan at the Molecular Foundry used supercomputer simulations to dispel a popular misconception about magnesium-ion batteries that should help advance the technology in the future.

Xiang Zhang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Metamaterials with Properties that Do Not Exist in Nature

Axel Brunger, Stanford University

Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotransmitter Release

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