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Highlights video and pictures from the Molecular Foundry's 10th Anniversary Posted

Three minute video captures interviews and images from the full day celebratory event. Webpage also includes over 50 photographs and a compilation of stories from the event.

The Foundry's Jim Ciston Wins DOE Early Career Award

The award will support that development of MAPSTER Microscopy, which aims to simultaneously map multiple material properties at the atomic scale using a new generation of high‐speed detectors

Frank van Veggel, University of Victoria

On the Optical and Magnetic Properties of Ln3+ Based Nanoparticles for Bio-Imaging

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Building 67-3111 Chemla Room

Foundry and ALS Hire Joint Project Scientist

Mike Brady tasked with developing capabilities and collaboration between staff and users of the two Berkeley Lab user facilities

Seeing Atoms and Molecules in Action with an Electron ‘Eye’

Berkeley Lab's HiRES to provide new views of material changes, chemical reactions

Carbon Nanotubes Move into the Fast Lane

Foundry users show that carbon nanotubes, as small as eight-tenths of a nanometer in diameter, can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude.

Molecular Foundry Symposium Highlights 10 Years of Achievements

Ten years after the dedication of Berkeley Lab’s nanoscience-focused Molecular Foundry building, which unites seven multidisciplinary facilities for staff and visiting scientists, 250 people turned out on March 24 for a scientific symposium celebrating the Foundry’s progress.

Jean-Luc Bredas, KAUST

On the Nature of Polymer/Fullerene Intermolecular Interactions and their Impact on the Performance of Organic Solar Cells

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Building 67-3111 Chemla Room

Superlattices Patterned by Polymers

Staff and users at the Molecular Foundry, as well as the ALS, have shown that self-assembled superlattices, made up of nanoparticles with polymer chains grafted onto their surfaces, can be tailored to exhibit desired characteristics for applications ranging from nano- to biotechnology.

Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D

An international team of staff and users working at the Molecular Foundry has captured the first high-resolution 3D images from individual double-helix DNA segments attached at either end to gold nanoparticles

Electron Microscopy Discovers Peptoid Crystalline Nanotubes

Electron micrographs of amphiphilic peptoids in water reveal crystalline nanotubes with exposed hydrophobic groups.

New Carbon Capture Membrane Creates CO2 Highways

Molecular Foundry scientists, working with the ALS, have developed a hybrid polymer-MOF membrane that is eight times more CO2 permeable than membranes composed only of the polymer.

New Fuel Cell Design Powered by Graphene-wrapped Nanocrystals

Researchers at the Molecular Foundry have partnered with the ALS to develop a new material recipe for a battery-like hydrogen fuel cell.

Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D

First-of-their-kind images by Molecular Foundry research team could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices

Porous Framework Electrocatalysts Are Key to Carbon Dioxide Conversion

Research performed by users of the ALS and the Molecular Foundry gives rise to an entirely new basis in which to develop electrocatalysts for converting captured carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products such as fuels, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.

Nature-Inspired Nanotubes That Assemble Themselves, With Precision

Molecular Foundry staff and users collaborate to discover another design principle for building nanostructures

Molecular Foundry's 10th Anniversary on ABC News

Story features Director Jeff Neaton, Congressman Mike Honda and users Steve Chu and Jeff Grossman

Congressman Mike Honda Celebrates Molecular Foundry 10th Anniversary

“I am so proud of all that we have accomplished in the nanoscience world, thanks to the efforts of the researchers and scientists that have come through the Molecular Foundry,” said Honda.

Message From Director Witherell on Molecular Foundry Anniversary

Berkeley Lab Director calls Foundry a "scientific powerhouse"

World Journal, Nation's Largest Chinese Language Newspaper Covers Foundry Anniversary Event

Title of the article reads, "Steven Louie: Pushing forward the frontier of nanotechnology research and creating jobs"

Molecular Foundry 10th Anniversary Symposium and Dinner

On March 24, 2016, the Molecular Foundry will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the dedication of its iconic building with a full day scientific symposium and dinner event. Information on how to attend this event will be distributed broadly in the coming weeks.

New Carbon Capture Membrane Boasts CO2 Highways

Hybrid materials, developed at the Molecular Foundry, could lead to cheaper ways to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions.

New Fuel Cell Design Powered by Graphene-wrapped Nanocrystals

Innovation by Molecular Foundry researchers could lead to faster fueling, improved performance for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

New Imaging Technique Able to See Elements that are ‘Invisible’ to Common Methods

Molecular Foundry scientists have developed a new imaging technique that greatly improves images of light elements using fewer electrons.

Experiment shows magnetic chips could dramatically increase computing's energy efficiency

Engineers using the Molecular Foundry have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can operate with the lowest fundamental level of energy dissipation possible under the laws of thermodynamics.

New Form of Electron-beam Imaging Can See Elements that are ‘Invisible’ to Common Methods

Molecular Foundry-pioneered ‘MIDI-STEM’ produces high-resolution views of lightweight atoms

Highest Resolution Calibration Tool Created

Industrial users at the Molecular Foundry have created the highest resolution calibration tool with feature sizes of 1.5 nanometers, a breakthrough that won an R&D100 Award.

Molecular Self-Assembly in a Poorly Screened Environment: F4TCNQ on Graphene/BN

Using the Molecular Foundry, researchers show that charged molecules that would normally repel one another have been observed to attract each other on graphene due to a novel self-assembly mechanism

Lasing in Robust Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

Molecular Foundry users achieve stable, high performance lasing in perovskite-based cesium lead halide nanowires (NWs).

Self- photosensitization of Nonphotosynthetic Bacteria for Solar-to-Chemical Production

Molecular Foundry users induced the nonphotosynthetic, CO2 reducing bacterium M. thermoacetica to precipitate cadmium sulfide nanoparticles which serve as light harvesters to enable photosynthetic production of acetic acid.

Direct growth of single crystalline III-V semiconductors on amorphous substrates

Molecular Foundry users worked with staff to develop a new growth method, templated liquid phase (TLP) crystal growth, for growing patterned single crystalline III-V’s on amorphous substrates

Efficient silicon solar cells with dopant-free asymmetric heterocontacts

Demonstration of efficient crystalline silicon solar cells by Molecular Foundry users and staff without the use of doped-silicon layers or regions.

Modular Design of Ordered Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites

Molecular Foundry staff and users create a diverse array of self-assembled binary superlattices using polymer-grafted nanocrystals as the colloidal building blocks.

Foundry Users Developing Paint-on Coating for Energy Efficient Windows

Low-cost coating is based on brush block copolymers that rapidly self-assemble to photonics crystals and could disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity.

Modernizing a Technology From the Vacuum Tube Era To Generate Cheap Power

Foundry users look to thermionic energy conversion to provide clean and efficient power generation.

Mr. Espresso Visits the Molecular Foundry

Carlo Di Ruocco, the Founder and CEO of the coffee maker company, Mr. Espresso, visited the Foundry to discuss the art of brewing the perfect cup of espresso.

‘Lasers Rewired’: Scientists Find a New Way to Make Nanowire Lasers

Molecular Foundry users have found a simple new way to produce nanoscale wires that can serve as tiny, tunable lasers.

Will Dichtel, Cornell University

Noncovalent Binding and Dynamic Bonding in Crosslinked Polymer Networks

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Research Team Creates a High-efficiency Solar Cell in 7 Steps

An international team of researchers working at the Molecular Foundry has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design.

Molecular Foundry and ALS Users, aBeam Technologies, Make Metrology History

The research team develops the finest metrology tool in the world, utilizing a fabricated pattern with line widths down to 1.5 nanometers.

Joshua Robinson, Pennsylvania State University

Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Growth in the Flatland

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Building 66 Auditorium

Oleg Prezhdo, USC

Quantum Dots – Artificial Atoms, Large Molecules or Small Pieces of Bulk? Insights from Time-Domain Ab Initio Studies

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Polar Vortices Observed in Ferroelectric

A team of Foundry staff and users have recorded the first-ever observations of rotating topologies of electrical polarization in ferroelectric materials, a finding that could impact ultracompact data storage and processing and the production of new states of matter.

Spectroscopy of Supercapacitor Electrodes In Operando

Users of the Molecular Foundry, ALS and NERSC have developed a more complete understanding of the processes involved in energy storage during charging of the electrode/electrolyte interface of a supercapacitor.

Quantum Dot Research Featured in ‘NBC Learn’ Video

Developed by NBC and the NSF, the video looks at former Foundry director and current user Paul Alivisatos’ pioneering quantum dot research, some of which was performed at the Molecular Foundry.

Molecular Foundry's Michael Connolly ‘Safes the Day’ Every Day

Michael Connolly is a super hero when it comes to spreading safety culture to the diverse users that conduct work at the Molecular Foundry. He recently won the latest Hero Card raffle that recognizes the heroes that help promote safety at Berkeley Lab.

Molecular Foundry Launches Bay Cam

New webcam captures the expansive views from the Foundry of the San Francisco Bay Area that serve to fuel the imagination and build connections among the center's diverse research community.

Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 19

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Joshua Robinson from Penn St. University will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker on February 16.

Sarah Burke, University of British Columbia

Electronic Landscapes of Molecular Nanostructures: Mapping States for Charge Transfer with Pixel-by-Pixel Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopy

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Igal Brener, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia-Los Alamos National Laboratories

Active Dielectric and Metallic Metasurfaces: Strong Coupling, Tuning and Nonlinearities

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

Michael Hecht, Princeton University

Sustaining Life with Genes and Proteins Designed De Novo

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
67-3111 Chemla Room

How to Train Your Bacterium

Users of the Molecular Foundry teach bacterium to perform photosynthesis – despite being non-photosynthetic – and also to synthesize semiconductor nanoparticles in a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system for converting sunlight into valuable chemical products.

Foundry User Advocates for a New Era of Federal Funding for Nanoscience

Ambika Bumb, CEO of Bikanta, has published an Op-Ed in TechCrunch describing the benefits of federal investments in basic nanoscience research like those that support the Molecular Foundry

2D Islands in Graphene Hold Promise for Future Device Fabrication

Molecular Foundry user research could help improve graphene electronics.

Foundry's Ron Zuckermann Speaks at UCSB about Building Relationships

The UCSB group, Graduate Students for Diversity in Science, hosted Dr. Zuckermann to discuss his experiences with mentees and collaborators.

Updated Strategic Plan Available

The Molecular Foundry's five-year strategic plan has been updated to reflect recent hires, equipment acquisitions and programs. The plan is designed to provide a framework that guides Foundry-wide initiatives and priorities.

Two Small Business Users Awarded ARPA-E Funding

Part of Cyclotron Road at Berkeley Lab, these industrial users of the Molecular Foundry were among 41 “transformational energy technology projects” that were awarded a total of $125 million by DOE's ARPA-E.

Foundry User, X-Therma, Wins Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award

Hosted by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Biotech/Pharma tycoon, and LA Business Journal, the award recognizes five new innovations that will have a significant and wide impact on society and industry.

Molecular Foundry Scientist and Two Users Win 2015 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 Stefano Cabrini, along with two users, accounted for three of the seven awards presented to Berkeley Lab scientists.

NCEM Leaders Win Lab Lifetime Achievement Award

Uli Dahmen, Peter Denes and Kenneth Downing are the recipients of the 2015 Berkeley Lab Prize − Lifetime Achievement Award for their scientific advances and leadership in electron microscopy. Dahmen and Denes were vital to the development of world-leading capabilities at NCEM, now a facility at the Molecular Foundry.

Molecular Foundry Staff Discuss Promising Future at All Day Retreat

On November 13, staff gathered at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club to identify collaborative research opportunities and formulate new initiatives with the aim of expanding the impact of the Foundry's research and the center's ability to facilitate user-driven projects.

The Molecular Foundry Goes to Capitol Hill

Director Jeff Neaton and two Molecular Foundry users led a group to Washington D.C. to educate key members of Congress and staff about advances in nanoscience and the opportunities presented by user facilities.

Materials Views Highlights Collaborative Nanoscience at the Molecular Foundry

The popular scientific blog and newsletter, Materials Views, posted a story about the new special issue of Advanced Materials dedicated to the work being done at the Molecular Foundry. Five short videos explaining the cover research are also posted.

Laura Welcher, Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project, The Long Now Foundation; Molecular Foundry User

The Rosetta Disk and Strategies for Very Long-term Archiving

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Understanding and Predicting Self-Assembly

Molecular Foundry staff worked with users to discover a new design rule that controls the way in which polymers adjoin to form the backbones that run the length of biomimetic nanosheets.

Controlled Porous Membranes for Better Batteries

Molecular Foundry staff and users have combined to develop membranes for lithium-sulfur batteries made from polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) that are 500 times more effective than conventional membranes.

Battery Mystery Solved: Atomic-Resolution Microscopy Answers Longstanding Questions About Lithium-Rich Cathode Material

Molecular Foundry scientists and users unravel structural ambiguities in lithium-rich transition metal oxides.

Foundry Student Intern Profiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Robert Accolla, working with the Foundry's Ron Zuckermann, spent the summer studying the electrostatic properties of peptoid nanosheets as part of the DHS Summer Intern Program

Materials Views Profiles Latest Peptoid Nanosheet Work at the Foundry

Protein-mimetic polymer exhibits unique structure not seen in nature.

Is Black Phosphorous the Next Big Thing in Materials?

Users at the Molecular Foundry discover unique thermal properties in 2D black phosphorous nanoribbons.

PIMs May Be the Cup of Choice for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Molecular Foundry staff and users in the Organic and Theory Facilities combine to develop selective membranes using polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIM).

Peng Yin, Harvard Medical School

Nanoscale Construction and Imaging with DNA

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Yu Huang, UCLA

The Roles of Biomolecular Specificity in Colloidal Crystal Growth

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
67-3111 Chemla Room

Anisotropic in-plane thermal conductivity of black phosphorus

Users of the Molecular Foundry discovered a factor of two difference in thermal conductivity along the zigzag and armchair directions in few-layer black phosphorous (BP).

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