Science Highlights

Hierarchically porous electrode made of self-assembled functionalized graphene sheets.

Graphene-based Electrode Leads to Highest Capacity Lithium-Air Batteries

New approach to molecular self-assembly produces porous, thin films of carbon (aka graphene), enabling high-capacity electrodes for lithium-air batteries. Read More »

Molten droplet of Ames Lab lead free solder, an alloy of tin, silver, and copper

A Revolutionary Advance in Solders – the “Glue” for Electronic Components

Ames Laboratory invented a non-toxic, “lead-free” solder that is now used to manufacture electronic components worldwide. Read More »

Computational modeling of uranium oxide ions with aluminum oxide

Modeling How Uranium Sticks to Soils

Understanding the interaction of uranium in soils may lead to new ways to clean-up contaminated ground. Read More »

From left to right: (a) T300 catalyst developed by Ames Laboratory researchers, (b) scanning and (c) transmission electron microscopy images of catalytic nanoparticles.

A Better Way to Make Biodiesel Fuel

New, non-toxic catalysts have been commercialized and may lower production cost for biodiesel. Read More »

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists developed a coating process to make sponge-like silica latch onto toxic metals, like mercury

Terminating Toxic Metals in the Environment

Understanding ceramic chemistry leads the way to a new remediation technology Read More »

Tuning the order parameters in layered, triple junction solar cells leads to greatly enhanced cell efficiencies.

A Multilayer Path to Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers reveal that the secret is controlling the ordering of the atoms. Read More »

A transmission electron micrograph of a grain boundary junction and associated defects following superplastic forming.

Super Stretchy Metal Reduces Vehicle Weight

New understanding of how to form metals leads to improved materials and manufacturing advances for lightweight aluminum car parts. Read More »

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