Stories of Discovery & Innovation

2011

Two scientists working in the lab (Oleg Gang, left, and Mircea Cotlet)05.09.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Using DNA to Build Nanomaterials

Scientists use complementary strands of synthetic DNA to build functional materials from the bottom up. Future applications include biosensors, optical nano-devices, and new kinds of solar cells.
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Mechanically flexible, high efficiency solar module 04.15.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Beyond Silicon: Cutting the Costs of Solar Power

New method of fabricating semiconductors from gallium arsenide promises more affordable solar power, improved semiconductor devices.
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A soldering iron touching the end of a wire producing a droplet04.08.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Getting the Lead Out

Discarded electronics no longer pose an environmental hazard from lead solder thanks to a lead-free alternative developed at the Ames Laboratory.
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ultrananocrystalline diamond-coated pump seals04.01.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Thin Sheet of Diamond Has Worlds of Uses

A new technique from Argonne National Laboratory creates thin diamond films that are helping industry save energy and could even be used in heart and eye implants.
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Anchoring of barium oxide on a gamma-alumina surface03.28.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Fundamental studies in catalysis enabled the use of efficient “lean-burn” engines for vehicle transportation. Read More »

Microscopic image of E. coli03.28.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

From Gasoline to Grassoline: Microbes Produce Fuels Directly from Biomass

A microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel directly from biomass was developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute.
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Brookhaven Lab chemists Kotaro Sasaki, Miomir Branko Vukmirovic, and Radoslav Adzic work on developing catalysts for fuel cells at the National Synchrotron Light Source.03.28.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

New Catalyst Opens Way to Next-Generation Fuel Cells

A new highly stable catalyst developed at Brookhaven Lab lowers barriers to commercial use of fuel cells in vehicles and stationary applications.
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Element 11703.28.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Nations Work Together to Discover New Element

The discovery of element 117 increases evidence for the "island of stability" in super-heavy nuclei, opening new frontiers of chemistry.
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RHIC user Christine Aidala checks connections inside the PHENIX detector.03.28.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Cooking Up Hot Quark Soup

Near-light-speed collisions of gold ions provide a recipe for in-depth explorations of matter and fundamental forces.
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2011 Chevrolet Volt Battery Animation03.28.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

The Breakthrough Behind the Chevy Volt Battery

A revolutionary breakthrough cathode for lithium-ion batteries—the kind in your cell phone, laptop and new hybrid cars—makes them last longer, run more safely and perform better than batteries currently on the market.
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