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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

Visualization of the 3-D distributions of elements in a fluid catalytic cracking particle; each color represents a different element. 08.31.16User Facility

A Virtual Flight Through a Catalyst Particle Finds Evidence of PoisoningExternal link

At SLAC Synchrotron, two X-ray techniques give a 3-D view of why catalysts used in gasoline production go bad. Read MoreExternal linkage

This rendering shows opposite configurations in the molecular structure of a plant hormone called jasmonic acid (gray and red) that are bound to nanostructures (gold and blue) called MOFs, or metal-organic frameworks. 08.19.16User Facility

A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of MoleculesExternal link

Metal-organic frameworks provide a new platform for solving the structure of hard-to-study samples. Read MoreExternal linkage

One of the genomes sequenced for this study was of the yeast Scheffersomyces stipitis. 08.16.16User Facility

Expanding the Stable of Workhorse YeastsExternal link

New genome sequences target next generation of yeasts with improved biotech uses. Read MoreExternal linkage

Diagram which shows light falling on the walls triggers formation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and other “reactive oxygen species” that kill bacteria. 08.15.16From the Labs

SLAC, Stanford Gadget Grabs More Solar Energy to Disinfect Water FasterExternal link

Plopped into water, a tiny device triggers the formation of chemicals that kill microbes in minutes. Read MoreExternal linkage

The chemical phase within the battery evolves as the charging time increases. The cut-away views reveal a change from anisotropic to isotropic phase boundary motion. 08.12.16User Facility

Slicing Through Materials with a New X-ray Imaging TechniqueExternal link

Images reveal battery materials' chemical reactions in five dimensions – 3D space plus time and energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

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