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Cellular contamination pathway for plutonium, other heavy elements, identified

Scientists find that an iron-binding protein can transport actinides into cells

28-Aug-2015

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported an advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. Research led by ...

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Major innovation in molecular imaging delivers spatial and spectral info simultaneously

Berkeley Lab scientist invents technique to combine spectroscopy with super-resolution microscopy

19-Aug-2015

Using physical chemistry methods to look at biology at the nanoscale, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researcher has invented a new technology to image single molecules with unprecedented spectral and spatial resolution, thus leading to the first "true-color" ...

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Surprising discoveries about 2-D molybdenum disulfide

Berkeley Lab researchers use campanile probe on promising semiconductor

18-Aug-2015

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have used a nano-optical probe to study the effects of illumination on two-dimensional semiconductors at the molecular level. Working at the Molecular Foundry, a DOE Office of Science User ...

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Meet the high-performance single-molecule diode

Major milestone in molecular electronics scored by Berkeley Lab and Columbia University team

05-Aug-2015

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and Columbia University has passed a major milestone in molecular electronics with the creation of the world's highest-performance single-molecule diode.The team used a combination of gold electrodes and an ionic solution to create a single-molecule diode that ...

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A most singular nano-imaging technique

Berkeley Lab's SINGLE provides images of individual nanoparticles in solution

20-Jul-2015

Just as proteins are one of the basic building blocks of biology, nanoparticles can serve as the basic building blocks for next generation materials. In keeping with this parallel between biology and nanotechnology, a proven technique for determining the three dimensional structures of individual ...

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Defects can 'Hulk-up' materials

26-May-2015

In the story of the Marvel Universe superhero known as the Hulk, exposure to gamma radiation transforms scientist Bruce Banner into a far more powerful version of himself. In a study at Berkeley Lab, exposure to alpha-particle radiation has been shown to transform certain thermoelectric materials ...

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Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment

Berkeley Lab researchers perform solar-powered green chemistry with captured CO2

20-Apr-2015

A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical ...

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A better way of scrubbing CO2

Berkeley Lab researchers find way to improve the cost-effectiveness through the use of MOFs

18-Mar-2015

A means by which the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants might one day be done far more efficiently and at far lower costs than today has been discovered by a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley ...

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New design tool for metamaterials

Berkeley Lab study shows how to predict metamaterial nonlinear optical properties

11-Feb-2015

Metamaterials - artificial nanostructures engineered with electromagnetic properties not found in nature - offer tantalizing future prospects such as high resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers. To realize the vast potential of metamaterials, however, scientists will need ...

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Piezoelectricity in a 2-D semiconductor

Berkeley Lab researchers discovery of piezoelectricty in molybdenum disulfide holds promise for future MEMS

06-Jan-2015

A door has been opened to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronic devices, as well as ultrasensitive bio-sensors, with the first observation of piezoelectricity in a free standing two-dimensional semiconductor by a team of researchers with the U.S. ...

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