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Research Themes

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The six-story, 94,000 square-foot Molecular Foundry building at LBNL overlooks the UC Berkeley campus and, from a distance, the San Francisco Bay. Directly adjacent to the Foundry is the NCEM complex that was established in 1983 to maintain a forefront research center for electron microscopy with state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise. Merged with the Molecular Foundry in 2014 to take advantage of growing scientific and organizational synergies, NCEM at the Foundry features 10 electron microscopes, many of which are world-leading.

Each of the six floors of the Foundry building, as well as NCEM, is managed as a technically distinct “facility” by world-class scientists equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, laboratories, and computational resources. Four research themes at the forefront of nanoscience integrate users, staff and techniques across all seven technical facilities, embodying the Foundry’s core capabilities and synergistic activities in synthesis, characterization, fabrication, and theory. They were reinforced through a thorough strategic planning process during the Foundry's merge with NCEM and are regularly reviewed to evaluate their novelty, relevance, productivity, and impact. New capabilities and expertise developed in the context of internal research activities significantly augment the Foundry User Program. The four themes are summarized below. To download the Molecular Foundry's entire Strategic Plan, please use the link below.

Molecular Foundry Strategic Plan

The Molecular Foundry's Strategic Plan is a broad scientific and organizational outline that will serve to guide the Molecular Foundry while enabling us to adapt to the rapidly changing research landscape. It is a living document that has been created in response to the scientific and organizational needs of our users and staff, with input provided by the Foundry’s Scientific Advisory Board and a number of other outside stakeholders that represent the broad community of users. This cycle of feedback remains a central part of the organization. Input from the user community is always welcome. Staff can be contacted directly here.