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 »

The photosynthetic megacomplex from a cyanobacterium.12.30.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Observing the Sparks of Life

EFRC researchers isolate a photosynthetic complex — arguably the most important bit of organic chemistry on the planet — in its complete functioning state. Read More »

Scanning electron microscope image of sulfur graphene oxide.11.27.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Toward 300 Miles on a Single Charge?

Berkeley Lab scientists design a high-performance, long cycle-life lithium-sulfur battery. Read More »

Using genomics, Brookhaven researchers found a means to significantly increase oils in plant leaves—which could greatly enhance the energy content of plants as biofuel feedstocks.10.18.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

The Other Route to Biofuels

Scientists identify key genes for increasing oil in plant leaves. Read More »

An image of the bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii, named for the DOE BioEnergy Science Center (BESC).07.29.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Discovery through Teamwork

By coordinating capabilities across institutions, DOE Bioenergy Research Center scientists identify a powerful new microbe for biofuel processing. Read More »

Two images of microbatteries, right image has casing around it.06.24.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

“Printing” Tiny Batteries

Researchers use sophisticated 3D printing techniques to create batteries the size of a grain of sand. Read More »

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