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Crystal structure of the gas-separating MOF Fe2(dobdc).03.01.12Science Highlight

Cutting the Cost for Commercial Gas Purification – Theory Leads the Way for a Materials Solution

Novel material for purifying gases could significantly lower industrial energy costs. 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.02.01.12Science Highlight

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 (%)02.01.12Science Highlight

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.01.01.12Science Highlight

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.12.01.11Science Highlight

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 pairs12.01.11Science Highlight

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 Fingerprinting12.01.11Science Highlight

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)11.01.11Science Highlight

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.10.01.11Science Highlight

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 copper04.01.11Science Highlight

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 »