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Scanning electron microscopy of conductive carbon fibers coated with metal oxide nanowires...February 2013Science Highlights

Nano-Composite Designs for Energy Storage

Nano-porous metal oxide coatings on carbon fiber dramatically enhance the electrical storage capacity for supercapacitors. Read More »

Potential biomass collection areas for cellulosic biorefineries within 10 Midwest states.January 2013Science Highlights

Using Marginal Lands for Biofuels

Assessment shows Midwest could support biomass production while benefiting climate. Read More »

Schematic figure of solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer formed during the first charging cycle illustrating a interphase layer comprised predominantly of a mixture of lithiumethylene dicarbonate (LEDC) and lithium fluoride (LiF).January 2013Science Highlights

Revealing the Illusive Interphase in Lithium Ion Batteries

Structure and composition of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase in lithium ion batteries was investigated via a unique combination of microscopy and spectroscopy. Read More »

Image from Nuccio, E.E., et al. “An arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus significantly modifies the soil bacterial community and nitrogen cycling during litter decomposition.”January 2013Science Highlights

Plants, Fungi, and Microbes Working Together in Nature

Study examines impact of symbiosis on soil processes and nutrient cycling. Read More »

Depiction of superionic phase of copper (blue) diffusing through the sulfur (yellow) sublattice.January 2013Science Highlights

Watching Ions Hop in Next Generation Battery Materials

Atomic-Scale, femtosecond time-scale measurements unravel the atomistic pathways and speed limits for copper migration through a nanocrystal. Read More »

DOE researchers are using a coupled ice-ocean model to study melt channels beneath Greenland’s Petermann Glacier, shown here in July 2012.December 2012Science Highlights

Melting Ice Sheets and Sea Level Change

Recent studies reveal that complex ice-ocean interactions affect melting. Read More »

Array of gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires fabricated by Sandia-developed top-down method.November 2012Science Highlights

Fabricating Nanowire Lasers

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

Detailed electron microscopy images.November 2012Science Highlights

Turning Down the Heat on Carbon

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

The Magnetic Recoil Neutron Spectrometer on the OMEGA laser facility during operation.October 2012Science Highlights

Using Nuclear Fusion Reactions to Peer Inside the Core of a Dense Hot Plasma

Studies of different fusion reactions have shown unexpected plasma behavior in inertial fusion implosions. Read More »

Density maps of protons at t=7.3 ps for the case of...October 2012Science Highlights

Creating a Well-focused Laser-accelerated Proton Beam as a Driver for Proton Fast Ignition

Focusing of laser accelerated proton beams advances with a novel cone target design. Read More »