Science Highlights

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 »

Photoionization/mass spectrometry apparatus at the Advanced Light Source

Synchrotron plus Mass Spectrometer equals New Insights Into Combustion Chemistry

Unique analysis of the reaction of propene with oxygen atom reveals the influence of electron spin on combustion chemistry. Read More »

Spatially resolved activation energy map overlaid with sample topography

Catching Lithium Ions in Action in a Battery Electrode

New microscopy with nanometer-sized resolution may bring revolutionary new understanding to energy storage technologies. Read More »

Large-area nanostructured solar cells.

Future Solar Cells: Thinner, Brighter, and Better

New theory describes light management in thin-film solar cells. Read More »

The proposed catalytic cycle for manganese porphyrin-catalyzed C-H fluorination reactions is consistent with theoretical calculations.

New Catalytic Approach Builds Molecules with Specific Functionality More Safely and Efficiently

Rapid creation of carbon-fluorine bonds may lead to improved production of drugs, agrochemicals and positron emission tomography (PET) tracers. Read More »

The structure on the left shows the arrangement of atoms in a portion of the photosynthetic PSII complex that uses light to oxidize water.

Mimicking Photosynthesis for Production of Solar Fuels

A step closer to an artificial system using sunlight to produce hydrogen from water Read More »