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GLBRC research scientist Steve Karlen with an orchid in the Botany Greenhouse on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. 10.17.16Article

With Designer Lignin, Biofuels Researchers Reproduced Evolutionary PathExternal link

New Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center-led study shows that poplar trees and many other plants from all over the phylogenetic tree have actually evolved to naturally produce zip-lignin. Read MoreExternal linkage

Argonne physicist Mahalingam Balasubramanian loads an in situ lithium-ion battery into the low-energy resolution inelastic X-ray (LERIX) system at the Advanced Photon Source. 10.12.16Article

Peering Into Batteries: X-Rays Reveal Lithium-Ion’s Mysteries

Researchers are using the Office of Science’s advanced light sources to study batteries in real-time. Read More »

A simulation shows the path for the collision of a krypton ion (blue) with a defected graphene sheet and subsequent formation of a carbon vacancy (red). 10.11.16User Facility

Simulations Show How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into AssetsExternal link

Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings. Read MoreExternal linkage

This graphic illustrates how the ABEL Trap can corral individual particles of tobacco mosaic virus. The graphic on the left shows the trajectories of 13 particles that are similar to the trajectories the particles would have followed if they had not been trapped. 10.05.16Article

After the Nobel Prize, What Do You Do for an Encore?

How Nobel recipient W.E. Moerner and his team built the ABEL Trap and discovered the behavior of single, unfettered molecules. Read More »

The 2017 National Science Bowl logo.10.03.16Announcement

Registration Now Open for Energy Department’s National Science Bowl®

High school and middle school teams nationwide can now sign up to compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious and largest academic science competitions. Read More »

It’s the candy dish problem, but rather than picking the desired flavors, scientists must pick impurities from complex mixes. 09.22.16Article

Take the Best, Leave the Rest

Fundamental researchers offer new ways to sort molecules for clean energy and more. Read More »

These atom-scale computer simulations of tetrapods show how they sense compression (left) and tension along one axis (right), both of which are crucial to detecting nanoscale crack formation. 09.20.16User Facility

Nanoscale Tetrapods Could Provide Early Warning of a Material’s FailureExternal link

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field. Read MoreExternal linkage

Former Argonne postdoctoral researcher Diana Berman and Argonne nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant. 09.19.16User Facility

Diamond Proves Useful Material for Growing GrapheneExternal link

Former Argonne postdoctoral researcher Diana Berman and Argonne nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant, along with several collaborators, developed a new and inexpensive way to grow pure graphene using a diamond substrate. Read MoreExternal linkage

A new study from Argonne National Laboratory has shown water can serve a previously undiscovered role to help micelles coalesce to spontaneously form long fibers. 09.14.16User Facility

Water Helps Assembly of Biofibers that Could Capture SunlightExternal link

In a study led by researchers at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, supercomputer simulations and lab-based experiments showed that water serves as an invisible cage for the growth of long fibers from micelles made of chains of amino acids. Read MoreExternal linkage

Stony Brook University graduate student Qiyuan Wu and Brookhaven Lab Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) staff scientist Dmitri Zakharov studying samples at the Titan Environmental Transmission Electron Microscope at the CFN. 09.07.16User Facility

Collaboration Strikes Gold Pioneering a New Method for Catalyst ProductionExternal link

Jet stream of liquid helium blows gold vapor through a barren, cold landscape to deposit pristine, stable gold nanoparticles. Read MoreExternal linkage