Joint Bioenergy Institute

Joint Bioenergy Institute 

 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Stories of Discovery & Innovation

This image is a network graph—called a “minimum spanning tree”—showing the 7,410 DFT-predicted stable compounds from the Open Quantum Materials Database (OQMD) at the time the JOM article was completed.07.09.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

From Human Genome to Materials “Genome”

Government initiative seeks to speed the pace of materials discovery and innovation. Read More »

Troy Van Voorhis, professor of chemistry (left), and Marc Baldo, professor of electrical engineering (right).05.27.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells

New MIT model can guide design of solar cells that produce less waste heat, more useful current. Read More »

Photo shows wild type Arabidopsis, a plant with just the two Mediator mutations, a dwarf mutant with reduced lignin production, and a mutant with all three mutations, restored to wild-type size.04.30.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Squaring the Circle in Biofuels?

Researchers produce a new type of plant fiber that supports normal growth while easing the difficulties of conversion to fuel. Read More »

Researchers use a near-infrared microscope to read the output of carbon nanotube sensors embedded in an Arabidopsis thaliana plant.03.31.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Bionic Plants

Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers. Read More »

A nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic device composed of an array of multi‑walled carbon nanotubes as the absorber, a one‑dimensional silicon/silicon dioxide photonic crystal as the emitter, and a 0.55 eV photovoltaic cell.01.27.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Harvesting the Sun’s Energy Through Heat as Well as Light

New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand. Read More »

Science Highlights

A time sequence of three-dimensional views shows a stable whirlpool (red) is formed from a decaying vortex ring (time index 160), eventually straightening out (200 and 350).July 2015Science Highlights

Mystery Object in Ultracold Superfluids Identified in New Simulation

Computational algorithms show whirlpools, not disks, form and dissipate on fluid’s surface. Read More »

Snapshots of a helium bubble just before bursting when grown at slow versus fast rates.July 2015Science Highlights

Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Tungsten Burns and Helium Bubbles

New models reveal the impact of competing processes on helium bubble formation in plasma-exposed tungsten. Read More »

Diamond optical cavities allow laser light (green arrow) to excite electrons on atoms held within the cavities, transferring information about the atoms outward via light (red arrow).June 2015Science Highlights

Miniscule Mirrored Cavities Connect Quantum Memories

New structures could accelerate progress toward faster computing and high-security data transfer across fiber optic networks. Read More »

Nucleobases (shown here is thymine) encode genetic information inside DNA.June 2015Science Highlights

Molecular Sunscreen: How DNA Protects Itself from UV Light

X-ray pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source probe the molecular dynamics of photoexcitation. Read More »

Radium-224/lead-212 generator with the shield cap removed to show the tubing connections to the column.June 2015Science Highlights

DOE Isotope Program Announces Availability of Radionuclide Generators for Medical Research

Lead and bismuth systems are being produced to fill the nation’s need for short-lived, alpha-emitting isotopes. Read More »