Science Highlights

The green dot at the bottom of the glass vial is a solution containing 22 milligrams of ultra-pure 249Bk produced at ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor and Radiochemical Engineering Development Center at ORNL.05.17.16Science Highlight

DOE Isotope Program Provides Target Material for the Discovery of Superheavy Elements

New element 117 and its decay products establish the existence of long-sought Island of Stability. Read More »

A new algorithm reduces timing uncertainty by a factor of 300, revealing ultrafast dynamics on timescales as short as a quadrillionth of a second.05.02.16Science Highlight

Creating a Better Way to Find Out “When”

Computer algorithm recovers histories and dynamics on timescales much faster than uncertainties inherent in experimental data. Read More »

Energy filtered image of CoFe2C rods showing the carbon elemental map (left). Theoretical image of the CoFe2C structure showing the frontier molecular orbitals (right).04.30.16Science Highlight

Small and Powerful: Pushing the Boundaries of Nano-Magnets

Newly discovered particles behave as powerful magnets that, one day, could change data storage. Read More »

Selective etching of palladium (blue) from palladium-platinum core-shell nanoparticles (left) yields hollow platinum (grey) nanocages with high activity for the oxygen reduction reaction.04.30.16Science Highlight

Hollow and Filled with Potential

Hollow shape-selected platinum nanocages represent a new class of highly active catalysts. Read More »

Researchers discovered how green fluorescent proteins (center) react with water (shown around the edges of the protein).04.30.16Science Highlight

New Insight on a Familiar Glow

A new approach to investigating green fluorescent protein provides a vital tool for unraveling molecular-level details of processes important in biology and light harvesting for energy use. Read More »

This results demonstrate a temporal resolution sufficient to directly image chemical reactions.04.30.16Science Highlight

Capturing Molecular Motion with Relativistic Electrons

The world’s fastest images of nitrogen molecules rotating in a gas were captured using electron diffraction. Read More »

The orange carotenoid protein of cyanobacteria binds a single carotenoid pigment molecule that may dissipate excess light energy when it moves within the protein.04.30.16Science Highlight

Changing Colors for Built-in Sunblock

Molecular movements triggered by light redirect the flow of energy through photosynthetic cells to protect them from sun damage. Read More »

Adding a water molecule to the positively charged protactinium dioxide ion results in hydrolysis, or water splitting.03.31.16Science Highlight

Rare Meets Common: Reacting Protactinium with Ubiquitous Water Explains an Elemental Oddity

Reactions with this extremely rare element could reveal previously unknown trends, benefiting studies of new nuclear reactor fuels. Read More »

CLAIRE extends the resolution of electron microscopy to allow high-resolution, non-invasive imaging of soft matter.03.31.16Science Highlight

Soft and Small Imaging Breakthrough

Molecular Foundry users develop breakthrough technique for non-invasive electron microscopy for soft materials. Read More »

Electron energy loss spectroscopy.03.31.16Science Highlight

Problem Turned Into Performance for Solar Cells

Boundaries between crystalline grains - usually detrimental - can also boost charge collection in hybrid solar cells. Read More »

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