Science Headlines

04.13.16From the Labs

Critical Materials Institute Gains Ten Industrial and Research AffiliatesExternal link

The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, has gained ten new affiliates to its research program, seeking ways to eliminate and reduce reliance on rare-earth metals and other materials critical to the success of clean energy technologies. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.12.16Announcement is Hosting New Interagency Microsites Listing STEM Education and Training Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExternal link

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has collaborated with other Federal agencies through the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and the Alliance to establish two new interagency websites designed to connect undergraduate and graduate students with federally-sponsored education and training opportunities in STEM fields. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.11.16From the Labs

Ames Laboratory Physicists Discover New Type of Material That May Speed ComputingExternal link

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a topological metal, PtSn4 (platinum and tin), with a unique electronic structure that may someday lead to energy efficient computers with increased processor speeds and data storage. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.08.16From the Labs

New Magnetism Research Brings High-Temp Superconductivity Applications CloserExternal link

A research team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory has discovered that only half the atoms in some iron-based superconductors are magnetic, providing a conclusive demonstration of the wave-like properties of metallic magnetism in these materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.08.16User Facility

Multiyear Simulation Study Provides Breakthrough in Membrane Protein ResearchExternal link

The research team of Benoît Roux, a professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a senior scientist in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials recently concluded a three-year Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) project at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, to understand how P-type ATPase ion pumps—an important class of membrane transport proteins—operate. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.07.16User Facility

ORNL Tracks How Halogen Atoms Compete to Grow ‘Winning’ PerovskitesExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a potential path to further improve solar cell efficiency by understanding the competition among halogen atoms during the synthesis of sunlight-absorbing crystals. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.06.16From the Labs

PPPL Scientists Help Test Innovative Device to Improve Efficiency of TokamaksExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have helped design and test a component that could improve the performance of doughnut-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.06.16From the Labs

Plastic Proteins: New Synthetic Material Mimics Essential Characteristics of Natural ProteinsExternal link

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory hoping to design new materials for energy uses have developed a system to make synthetic polymers — some would say plastics — with the versatility of nature's own polymers, the ubiquitous proteins. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.06.16From the Labs

Chalice Receptors Attract Metal Contaminants with New Chemical SelectivityExternal link

Recently, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found new ways to influence selectivity for specific positively charged ions (cations) with the addition of simple receptors, not for cations but rather for negatively charged ions (anions). Read MoreExternal linkage

04.05.16From the Labs

Scientists Study the Insulator-Superconductor Transition of Copper-Oxide Compound in Fine DetailExternal link

Using a highly controlled deposition technique, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have synthesized ultrathin films containing multiple samples of a copper-oxide compound to study the compound's electronic behavior at near absolute zero, or minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit. Read MoreExternal linkage

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