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Black ash on the summit of New Zealand’s Mount RuapehuMarch 2012Science Highlights

Black Carbon Reduces Snow Albedo

Snow reflects less solar radiation when contaminated with black carbon. Read More »

Unique catalyst is also capable of driving the reaction and then reversing it – converting electricity to hydrogen for storage and then converting it back to electricity for use.February 2012Science Highlights

Hydrogen Production Forwards and Backwards

A single reversible catalyst enables energy to be both stored and released on demand. Read More »

Mean seasonal fields of sea ice concentration (%)February 2012Science Highlights

How Arctic Ice Edges Erode

Does polar ice erosion come from atmospheric heating or from oceanic advection of warm waters? Read More »

Quaternary ammonium oxidative demethylation: X-ray crystallographic, resonance Raman, and UV-Visible spectroscopic analysis of a Rieske-type demethylase.January 2012Science Highlights

Combining Tools to Understand Enzyme Function

New insights into metal ions at an enzyme’s active site. Read More »

The composite image shows some of the chemical species measured in a flat premixed flame at the Advanced Light Source.December 2011Science Highlights

Peering into the Flame

New insights from synchrotron-based studies are helping to assess the potential of new biofuels. Read More »

In carrier multiplication (CM), a single photon from sunlight creates two electron-hole pairsDecember 2011Science Highlights

Nanocrystal Solar Cells Squeeze Extra Juice Out of Sunlight

Laboratory measurements of “carrier multiplication” verified in real solar energy photovoltaic devices made of tiny quantum dots. Read More »

Spectroscopic FingerprintingDecember 2011Science Highlights

A New Tool to Probe the Inner Workings of Rechargeable Batteries

A new spectroscopic “fingerprinting” technique has been developed at a DOE user facility to identify chemical degradation products deep inside a working rechargeable battery. Read More »

Doping Co2ZnO4 with nickel (Ni)November 2011Science Highlights

Holes Are a Positive Thing: Designing Conductors for Solar Photovoltaics

Predicted by theory, and confirmed by experiments, novel materials are being discovered to improve photovoltaic efficiency. Read More »

Hierarchically porous electrode made of self-assembled functionalized graphene sheets.October 2011Science Highlights

Graphene-based Electrode Leads to Highest Capacity Lithium-Air Batteries

New approach to molecular self-assembly produces porous, thin films of carbon (aka graphene), enabling high-capacity electrodes for lithium-air batteries. Read More »

Molten droplet of Ames Lab lead free solder, an alloy of tin, silver, and copperApril 2011Science Highlights

A Revolutionary Advance in Solders – the “Glue” for Electronic Components

Ames Laboratory invented a non-toxic, “lead-free” solder that is now used to manufacture electronic components worldwide. Read More »

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