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Scientists Determine Precise 3-D Location and Identity of All 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

Foundry users partner with staff to map iron-platinum particle in unprecedented detail using one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes.

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For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

Foundry users and staff find law-breaking property in vanadium dioxide that could lead to applications in thermoelectrics, window coatings.

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Foundry Users Among Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

Raymond Weitekamp and Richard Wang of Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road are among the innovators on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list that honors “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” across 20 different industries.

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Diversity and Inclusion Posters Developed

The Molecular Foundry's newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Committee recently developed four posters encouraging respect, mentorship, inclusiveness, work-life balance and conversation. The posters feature thought-provoking quotes from historical figures Marie Curie, Mildred Dresselhaus, Rene Dubos and Barack Obama.

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Molecular Foundry Winter Seminar Series Begins January 17

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). Yang Yang from UCLA will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

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Foundry Researchers Model the Self-Assembly of Particles into Specific Geometrical Arrangements

For the first time, researchers have simulated particles that can spontaneously self-assemble into networks that form geometrical arrangements called Archimedean tilings.

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Molecular Foundry Staff Retreat to the Redwoods

For the first time as an independent division, Molecular Foundry research and operations staff gathered for a two-day retreat at the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland hills.

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The Molecular Foundry Returns to Capitol Hill

In December, Director Jeff Neaton and two Molecular Foundry users led a group to Washington D.C. to educate key members of Congress and staff about the DOE nanoscience user facilities.

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Former Foundry Director Writes About Safety

In a recent editorial in ACS Central Science, former Foundry Director, Carolyn Bertozzi, talked about the ingredients for a positive safety culture.

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Molecular Foundry Featured in The Vortex

The monthly magazine included an article by the Foundry's Ron Zuckermann in its December issue. The Vortex is published by the California Section of the American Chemical Society.

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Foundry's Jeff Urban Among Winners of Nano-Micro Letters Researcher Award 2016

The NML Researcher Award was established to recognize research excellence in the field of nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in last three years.

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Another Year, Another Victory for Foundry Scientist

Foundry staff scientist Steve Whitelam won the Berkeley Lab Runaround for the fifth time in November. The annual event features a 3 km course through the Lab's hilly campus. Whitelam, a member of the Theory Facility, finished with a time of 9:42.

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A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

Molecular Foundry staff and users develop a method that can help scientists learn new ways to boost photovoltaic efficiency.

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Foundry Industry User, Nano Hydrophobics, takes Best of Show in Valley Entrepreneur Showcase at the Central Valley Venture Forum

Nano Hydrophobics uses the Foundry to investigate nano-scopic coatings, which can prevent natural-occuring fouling on heat transfer surfaces. They have developed a nearly 200-nanometer thin, nano-composite polymer coating that provides surfaces with extremely low surface energy.

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Solar Cells Get Boost with Integration of Water-Splitting Catalyst onto Semiconductor

Molecular Foundry staff and users develop approach that could lead to more stable and efficient artificial photosystems.

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Molecular Foundry Researchers Account for Two of Berkeley Lab's Five 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 Brett Helms, along with user Ashok Gadgil, of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, were among the winners.

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We Gather Here Today to Join Lasers and Anti-Lasers

Molecular Foundry users have, for the first time, achieved both lasing and anti-lasing in a single device. Their findings lay the groundwork for developing a new type of integrated device with the flexibility to operate as a laser, an amplifier, a modulator, and a detector.

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Molecular Foundry Industry User Named One of "10 Start-Ups to Watch" by Chemical & Engineering News

PolySpectra uses 3D stereolithographic printing to rapidly form stable and durable parts with fine details. They use the Organic and Inorganic facilities at the Foundry to produce and analyze photo-activated polymers with unique structural properties.

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Workshop Focuses in on Electron Microscopy

A “Future Electron Microscopy” workshop was held at Berkeley Lab to showcase the breadth and depth of electron microscopy and highlight the many opportunities that could come from integrating capabilities across the Laboratory.

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Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

Berkeley Lab-led research facilitated by the Molecular Foundry breaks major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

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Scientific Diplomacy: Berkeley Lab Hosts 2016 TechWomen

The Molecular Foundry's Teresa Williams co-hosted two emerging leaders through the State Department’s mentoring program, which is designed to foster a global network of female scientists.

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Berkley Lab Profiles the Molecular Foundry's Deirdre Olynick for National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Today, 55 million people or 17 percent of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

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Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

Mysterious quantum properties in cadmium arsenide point to new applications in electronics. The crystal samples were crafted at the Molecular Foundry and their 3-D structure was detailed using x-rays at the Advanced Light Source.

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Two Industrial Users of the Molecular Foundry Highlighted by Fortune Magazine

Article entitled, "Energy Entrepreneurs Chart a New Path in the Wake of the Cleantech Crash" features the work of two companies supported through Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road program.

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Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source to Play Role in New NSF-Funded Center

The National Science Foundation’s newly announced five-year awards for Science and Technology Centers include a Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging to improve nano- and atomic-scale imaging, involving the Foundry’s Andy Minor, ALS’s Roger Falcone and several other Foundry scientists.

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Nanoscale Tetrapods Could Provide Early Warning of a Material’s Failure

Molecular Foundry staff and users partner to develop a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field.

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Foundry User Profiled by RSC News

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) provides Researcher Mobility Grants to assist early career researchers with their research. Hannah Bolt used the program to facilitate her time in the Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility.

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Foundry Staff and User Team to Win ARPA-E IONICS Funding

The award was given to a group that included Cyclotron Road's Sepion Technologies, a start up company built on battery membrane technology developed at the Molecular Foundry by staff scientist Brett Helms and user Peter Frischmann.

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Subatomic Microscopy Key to Building New Classes of Materials

Molecular Foundry users from Penn State University and Cornell University have worked with staff to describe the first atomic scale evidence for strain-induced ferroelectricity in a layered oxide.

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Molecular Foundry User Featured in MIT's Technology Review

Cyclotron Road’s Kendra Kuhl Featured in ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ for 2016.

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Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins September 13

The next Molecular Foundry seminar series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience (Tuesdays at 11am). NASA Astronaut Stanley Love will headline the group as the joint Foundry/ALS seminar speaker.

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Five Nanoscience Research Projects That Could Deliver Big Results

Berkeley Lab researchers are on the cutting edge of nanoscience. In a list of five high-impact nanoscience projects identified by Berkeley Lab, four came from work at the Molecular Foundry. This list ended with a video produced by the Molecular Foundry that was recently highlighted on the Department of Energy's website.

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Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

The Molecular Foundry's Ron Zuckermann is among the researchers featured in Scientific American.

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Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Foundry staff and users to take advantage of DOE’s advanced supercomputer capabilities.

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A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

Molecular Foundry users show how metal-organic frameworks provide a new platform for solving the structure of hard-to-study samples.

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Foundry Users Create ‘Second Skin’ for Protection from Biological and Chemical Agents

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists working at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry and ALS has created a material that is highly breathable yet protective from potential warfare agents.

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Discovery Could Dramatically Boost Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells

Nanoscale images by researchers at the Molecular Foundry yield surprise that could push efficiency to 31 percent.

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Foundry User Participates in Regional Cancer Moonshot Summit

Molecular Foundry user Ambika Bumb recently participated in a Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. Bumb spoke about her company Bikanta, which uses nanoscale diamonds to accurately locate and treat cancer cells in a targeted manner, as well as the importance of federally funded national user facilities.

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New Discovery By Foundry Users Could Better Predict How Semiconductors Weather Abuse

Research by JCAP scientists could speed development of solar-fuel generators.

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Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of staff and users working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of a material considered key to the next generation of batteries.

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New Chemical ‘Sponges’ Designed to Soak Up Toxic Cancer-fighting Drugs After Targeting Tumors

Foundry users develop new tools to capture chemotherapy drugs before they circulate throughout the body

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Saudi Minister of Energy Visits Molecular Foundry

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the Chairman of Aramco Board of Directors toured the Molecular Foundry earlier this month, accompanied by DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr.

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Foundry User Profiled by MRS

Roger York’s MRS INTERSECTIONS article highlights how investments in materials science, such as those that support the Molecular Foundry, pay off in ways that the general public and especially our elected officials can relate to.

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Ron Zuckermann Joins Panel Discussion Featuring DOE "Makers"

Zuckermann has developed 3D molecular models of polypeptide chains, which can be 3D-printed as objects that demonstrate protein folding. His "Peppytides" were featured at the 2016 Maker Faire that was attended by over 100,000 inventors, tinkerers and hobbyists

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The Atlantic Features Work of Foundry User Long Now Foundation

Laura Welcher, the head of the Rosetta Project at the Long Now Foundation, is working at the Foundry to find a way to protect microscopic nickel lettering that aims to preserve human culture for 10,000 years.

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Molecular Foundry Scientists Discover Surprising New Properties in a 2-D Semiconductor

The group discovered that a linear defect formed by a line of missing selenium atoms within transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) can create one-atom thick metallic wire that cross the otherwise intact semiconductor like veins.

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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

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Nature-Inspired Nanotubes That Assemble Themselves, With Precision

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

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Molecular Foundry's 10th Anniversary on ABC News

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

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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.

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Message From Director Witherell on Molecular Foundry Anniversary

Berkeley Lab Director calls Foundry a "scientific powerhouse"

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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"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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2D Islands in Graphene Hold Promise for Future Device Fabrication

Molecular Foundry user research could help improve graphene electronics.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Materials Views Profiles Latest Peptoid Nanosheet Work at the Foundry

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

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Is Black Phosphorous the Next Big Thing in Materials?

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

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Molecular Foundry Featured in Special Issue of Advanced Materials

On October 14, 2015, the entire issue of the scientific journal (Impact Factor: 17.5) was dedicated to the work of the Molecular Foundry. The issue includes 18 articles by staff and users and an editorial on multidisciplinary research by Foundry Director, Jeff Neaton.

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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).

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Foundry User and Cyclotron Road Success Story Featured in Fortune Magazine

A Sept. 28 Fortune magazine story looked at Etosha Cave of Opus 12, one of the success stories coming from the Lab’s Cyclotron Road incubator effort who works at the Foundry through a user project. Opus 12 has developed an electrochemical reactor, which could turn a mix of carbon dioxide and water into liquid ­fuels.

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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.

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Berkeley Lab Awarded $8 Million for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research

One of the newly established DOE consortium, Hydrogen Materials—Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), aims to develop safe and cost-effective hydrogen storage. Berkeley Lab's contribution to HyMARC is led by the Foundry's Jeff Urban.

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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.

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A Different Type of 2D Semiconductor

Molecular Foundry users from Berkeley Lab produce first ultrathin sheets of perovskite hybrids.

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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."

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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

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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

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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.

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Defects Through the Looking Glass

Molecular Foundry users characterize individual defects inside a bulk insulator using scanning tunneling microscopy

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Unravelling the Mysteries of Carbonic Acid

Molecular Foundry researchers peeling back the veil on a critical but short-lived molecule.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NBC News Highlights Foundry Work

Ron Zuckermann's Peppytides 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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HIGHLIGHTS

February 2017

Electricity Found to Flow Without the Heat in Novel Material

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.

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February 2016

Researchers Reveal Atomic Structure of Nanoparticle in Unprecedented Detail

Molecular Foundry scientists and users determine the precise 3D location and identity of all 23,000 atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle.

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December 2016

Solar Water-Splitting Materials From the Bottom-Up

Indium Phosphide nanowires were grown and utilized as a light absorbing photocathode for solar-driven water splitting.

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December 2016

Atomic Structure of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires

Revealed the atomic structure, defect, strain, and surface characters of ultrathin Au nanowires.

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November 2016

A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

A team of Molecular Foundry scientists and users have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons.

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November 2016

Spectroscopic elucidation of energy transfer in hybrid inorganic–biological organisms

Two pathways facilitate electron and light energy transfer from semiconductor to bacterium as concluded using time-resolved spectroscopy and biochemical analysis.

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November 2016

Anisotropic phase segregation and migration of Pt in nanocrystals en route to nanoframe catalysts

Control of nanoscopic segregation of the elements in Pt-Ni rhombic dodecahedra (RD) was discovered to create a 3-D Pt3Ni nanoframe.

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November 2016

Composition Tunable and Highly Luminescent Cesium Lead Halide Nanowires through Anion-exchange Reactions

By combining a facial solution method with a post-synthetic approach, brightly emitting colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) nanowires with uniform diameter and tunable composition have been successfully synthesized.

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November 2016

Ultrathin Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

Highly uniform single crystal ultrathin CsPbBr3 nanowires with diameter of 2.2 nm and length up to several microns were successfully synthesized and purified using a catalyst-free colloidal method.

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November 2016

Single-nanowire photoelectrochemistry

A single-nanowire-based device has been developed for photoelectrochemistry (PEC).

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November 2016

Atomic Resolution Imaging of Halide Perovskites

Developed a low-dose method to enable atomic resolution imaging of halide perovskites without introducing structural damages.

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October 2016

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry and ALS observed, for the first time, a quantum property known as “chirality” in cadmium arsenide.

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October 2016

MoS2 transistors with 1-nanometer gate lengths

Demonstration of the shortest gate length transistor using a MoS2 channel and ~ 1 nm diameter single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) gate.

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October 2016

Local Stress Sensing using Tetrapod Nanocrystals

Tetrapod nanocrystal stress sensors have been embedded into structural films and simultaneous opto-mechanical tensile testing revealed new sensing modalities with orders of magnitude improved sensitivity to detect stress.

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August 2016

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of electrodes made with the compound vanadium pentoxide.

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July 2016

Boosted Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells to 31 Percent

A multidisciplinary team of staff and users at the Molecular Foundry are now able to differentiate high performing areas on perovskite solar cells that approach the material’s theoretical energy conversion limit of 31%

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July 2016

New Properties Discovered in a 2-D Semiconductor

Scientists at the Molecular Foundry, in collaboration with researchers at the ALS, have found that linear defects in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) create one-atom thick metallic wires that cross the otherwise intact semiconductor.

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July 2016

Observation of Polarization Vortices in Complex Oxide Superlattices

Identified the existence of non-uniform polarization vortex states in a ferroelectric material

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April 2016

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

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April 2016

Electron Microscopy Discovers Peptoid Crystalline Nanotubes

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

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April 2016

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.

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April 2016

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.

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March 2016

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.

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March 2016

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

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March 2016

Lasing in Robust Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires

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

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March 2016

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.

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March 2016

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

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March 2016

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.

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March 2016

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.

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November 2015

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.

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November 2015

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.

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November 2015

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.

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October 2015

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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October 2015

Unprecedented Precise Determination of the 3D Positions of Individual Atoms

Using the Molecular Foundry’s TEAM I microscope, an international collaboration of users and staff measured the 3D coordinates of nine layers of atoms.

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September 2015

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.

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September 2015

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.

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September 2015

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.

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June 2015

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.

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June 2015

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.

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May 2015

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.

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May 2015

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

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January 2015

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.

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December 2014

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.

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November 2014

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. 

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October 2014

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.

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September 2014

Peptoid Nanosheets at the Oil-Water Interface

Users of the Molecular Foundry have developed peptoid nanosheets – two-dimensional biomimetic materials with customizable properties – that self-assemble at an oil-water interface.

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August 2014

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.

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JuLY 2014

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.

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June 2014

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.

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MAY 2014

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.

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APRIL 2014

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.

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MARCH 2014

Monolayer Behavior Retained in Bulk Semiconducting Transition Metal Dichalcogenide

Users at the Molecular Foundry have discovered a new member of the transition metal dichalcogenides (sTMD) family, rhenium disulphide (ReS2), in which the bulk behaves as electronically and vibrationally decoupled monolayers.

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February 2014

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).

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January 2014

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.

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December 2013

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.

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November 2013

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

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October 2013

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.

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October 2013

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.

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SEPTEMBER 2013

Uncovering the Intrinsic 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.

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August 2013

Building Blocks for Biochemists

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

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June 2013

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.

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May 2013

Semiconducting Films Tailored for Future Energy

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

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