Science Headlines

10.20.15User Facility

Solvents Save Steps in Solar Cell ManufacturingExternal link

In a collaboration between ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)—both DOE Office of Science User Facilities—a team of neutron and materials scientists studied the structure of BHJ films to find a way to manufacture them more easily. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.19.15User Facility

Laser Focus

At the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, researchers use the supercomputer Titan to create large-scale 3-D physics simulations to understand how a tumor-killing laser’s high-energy fields can rip matter apart. Read More »

10.19.15From the Labs

The Difference a Day (or Night) MakesExternal link

In a study, PNNL scientists Young-Mo Kim, Jim Fredrickson, and Tom Metz demonstrated the effect that sunlight, or the absence of it, has over a 24-hour period on the production of chemicals used as metabolites in the microbial mats of Mushroom Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.16.15From the Labs

Is Black Phosphorous the Next Big Thing in Materials?External link

A team of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has experimentally confirmed strong in-plane anisotropy in thermal conductivity, along the zigzag and armchair directions of single-crystal black phosphorous nanoribbons. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.16.15From the Labs

Xenon, Xenon EverywhereExternal link

In their search to find dark matter particles, researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are in the market for 10 metric tons of xenon in its liquid form. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.16.15From the Labs

PIMs May Be the Cup of Choice for Lithium-Sulfur BatteriesExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers have found a solution to the polysulfide crossover problem which decreases battery efficiency and life by developing a membrane made from polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) to block unwanted ion transport. Read MoreExternal linkage


Reaching for the Horizon.pdf file (25.6MB)

Joint DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee releases new long range plan recommendations on the national program for basic nuclear science research. Read More »

10.15.15User Facility

Nanoelectronics Researchers Employ Titan for an Electrifying Simulation SpeedupExternal link

Researchers at ETH Zurich are using America’s fastest supercomputer to make huge gains in understanding the smallest electronic devices. The team, led by Mathieu Luisier, focuses on further developing the front line of electronics research—simulating and better understanding nanoscale components such as transistors or battery electrodes whose active regions can be on the order of 1 billionth of a meter, or about as long as your fingernails grow in one second. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.15.15User Facility

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry Featured in Special Issue of Advanced MaterialsExternal link

October 14, 2015 issue highlights several different areas of innovation and promise at Berkeley Lab’s user facility. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.14.15From the Labs

Are Data Security Breaches Becoming Larger and More Frequent?External link

Researchers at Berkeley National Lab and the University of New Mexico have found that digital information may be no more at risk than it was a decade ago. Read MoreExternal linkage