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Scanning electron micrograph of a new solid electrolyte material (lithium thiophosphate) showing its surface morphology and the nanoscale porosity which are responsible for its high ionic conductivity; Inset shows its crystal structure.July 2013Science Highlight

New Materials for High-Energy, Long-Life Rechargeable Batteries

Using sulfur-rich, highly ionic compounds as cathodes and electrolytes enables solid-state lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries. Read More »

The structure of the iron MOF showing iron (orange), nitrogen (blue), and carbon (gray) atoms, as viewed along the triangular channels.July 2013Science Highlight

Fewer Steps to Higher Octane Gasoline in Petroleum Refining

A novel metal-organic framework (MOF) efficiently separates higher octane components from the low value ones, offering great potential for significant cost reduction in gasoline production. Read More »

Resonant scattering with coherent x-rays is used to probe the size and the dynamics of magnetic domains in a Dysprosium (one of the elements with highest magnetic strength) crystal with three different domains (shown in three colors in the schematic).June 2013Science Highlight

Magnetic Systems Mimic Granular Materials

Magnetic domains exhibit the same dynamic jamming behavior universal to granular materials, polymers, glasses and emulsions. Read More »

Cartoon depicting how the ionic liquid molecules arrange in electrically charged interfaces (not to scale).June 2013Science Highlight

Don’t Count Your Ions Before They Dissociate

Ionic liquids found to behave differently than expected. Read More »

High-energy x-ray diffraction pattern from a single grain of a gadolinium – cadmium alloy (shown in center) displaying the novel five-fold rotational symmetry, characteristic of an icosahedral quasicrystal.June 2013Science Highlight

A New Class of Magnetic Materials with Novel Structural Order

The discovery of the first binary magnetic quasicrystals will enable the unraveling of the fundamental relationship between the structure and magnetism in aperiodic materials. Read More »

Protons and x-rays permit direct, nondestructive imaging of melting and solidification of metal alloys.June 2013Science Highlight

Using Protons to Peer into Metal Solidification

Proton radiography is a new tool for imaging melting and solidification of metals. Read More »

The crystal structure of the niobium pentoxide (Nb2O5) electrode allows for 2-dimensional diffusion of lithium ions during charging and discharging cycles.May 2013Science Highlight

The Best of Both Worlds

Researchers create materials that can store lots of energy and deliver it quickly. Read More »

Small-angle scattering (SAS) with X-rays (pictured) or neutrons provides structural data for many biomolecules not suited for other analytical methods because of their flexible structures.April 2013Science Highlight

Small-Angle Scattering of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

New method enables structure determination of flexible biomolecules. Read More »

Calculations predict the zeolite structure schematically shown in the figure will effectively capture methane from a low-quality natural gas mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).April 2013Science Highlight

Discovery of New Materials to Capture Methane

Predicted materials could economically produce high-purity methane from natural gas systems and separate methane from coal mine ventilation systems. Read More »

Professor Yi Cui holds a lab demonstration of the new lithium-polysulfide semi-liquid flow battery.April 2013Science Highlight

Battery Researchers Go With the Flow

New Battery Design Could One Day Help Solar and Wind Power the Electrical Grid Read More »

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