Science Highlights

Electrochemical cell for splitting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen.

Two for the Price of One: Water and Carbon Dioxide Splitting via a Single Catalyst

A simple, robust catalyst is capable of both water oxidation and carbon dioxide splitting, two difficult yet key reactions for solar energy conversion. Read More »

Inelastic neutron scattering of high-quality single-crystal samples of the mineral ZnCu3(OD)6Cl2.

Experimental Confirmation of a New State of Magnetism Previously Predicted by Theory

This observation paves the way for a deeper understanding of high-temperature superconductivity and future applications for quantum computing. Read More »

Array of gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires fabricated by Sandia-developed top-down method.

Fabricating Nanowire Lasers

Precise control of nanowire geometry and optical environment enables tuning of lasing properties. Read More »

The composition of solvents, such as chloroform and toluene, during nanoparticle fabrication can alter the internal aggregate structure of polymer P3HT...

Bridging the Nano-World and the Real World in Polymer Solar Cells

Discovering how polymer organization on the molecular level affects electric charge movement in organic solar cells. Read More »

Detailed electron microscopy images.

Turning Down the Heat on Carbon

Unusual reaction eschews high temperatures and water to lock away climate-changing carbon dioxide. Read More »

Using a molecular template before atomic layer deposition leads to cavities in thin oxide films that act as shape-selective sieving layers for oxidations and reductions.

Adding Nanocavities to Catalyst Surfaces Enhances Chemical Selectivity

Adding an oxide sieve, a layer containing nanocavities, to a catalyst surface makes the catalyst selective for specific reactions and increases efficiencies for chemical processes. Read More »

Elementary molecular model of Plutonium Dioxide.

A Major Advance in Understanding Plutonium

Observation of a plutonium nuclear magnetic resonance ends 50-year search and provides a key to deciphering its complex properties. Read More »

To map the oceanic subsurface at a scale and resolution previously unknown, EMGeo unites the latest in computing power with advanced geophysical imaging techniques.

Finding Hidden Oil and Gas Reserves

Supercomputers + Software + electromagnetic images yield new way to discriminate underground deposits from surrounding geology. Read More »

Schematic representation of the atomic lattice of Tellurium-Antimony (Sb)-Germanium (Ge)-Silver (Ag) thermoelectric doped with rare earth dysprosium (Dy).

Rare Earth Atoms Make the Best Thermoelectrics Better

Small addition of rare earth element makes a big difference in converting heat to electricity. Read More »

Electron momentum energy map of an oxygen (O2) molecule

The Dance of Atoms in Molecules Captured in Ultrafast Time

The first real-time images of two atoms vibrating in a molecule have been captured using a technique called laser-induced electron diffraction. Read More »