Science Headlines

05.25.16From the Labs

Upgraded PIP-II RFQ Successfully Takes First BeamExternal link

In March, the Fermilab Accelerator Division successfully sent beam through a newly commissioned linear accelerator. The brand new radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) linac, designed and built by a team of engineers and physicists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be the start for a proposed upgrade to Fermilab’s 800-MeV superconducting linear accelerator. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.25.16User Facility

How to Make a Battery in 7 Easy StepsExternal link

PNNL's semi-automated Advanced Battery Facility enables scientists to test out all kinds of different materials — including lithium-metal, sulfur, sodium and magnesium — to make batteries last longer and store more energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.24.16From the Labs

Revealing the Nature of Magnetic Interactions in Manganese OxideExternal link

A team of scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia University, Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Institut Laue-Langevin in France, and the University of Warwick in England has used their recently developed mathematical approach to study the short-range magnetic interactions that they believe drive this long-range order. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.23.16From the Labs

Caught on Camera: First Movies of Droplets Getting Blown Up by X-ray LaserExternal link

Researchers have made the first microscopic movies of liquids getting vaporized by the world’s brightest X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.20.16From the Labs

Chemists Settle Longstanding Debate on How Methane is Made BiologicallyExternal link

Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Lab and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor determined that microbes make methane using a chemical reaction that involves a molecule, called a methyl radical, which was less favored by previous research. The team’s work, which appears in the journal Science, is vital for understanding how methane is made and how to make things from it. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.20.16From the Labs

ORNL Demonstrates Large-Scale Technique to Produce Quantum DotsExternal link

A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage


CFN User Spotlight: Frances Ross Studies Nanowire GrowthExternal link

Frances Ross, a materials scientist at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, studies the mechanism by which atoms spontaneously self-assemble into nanowires—structures that are thousands of times longer than they are wide. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.17.16User Facility

Technique Improves the Efficacy of Fuel CellsExternal link

Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of solid oxide fuel cells to make them even more efficient and robust. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.16.16From the Labs

Speeding Up Key Oxygen-Oxygen Bond-Formation Step in Water OxidationExternal link

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Adam Mickiewicz University, and Baruch College, City University of New York, has synthesized two new molecular catalysts for water oxidation. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.13.16From the Labs

Crafting Complex Materials to Solve the Mystery of MagnetismExternal link

In the quest to synthesize a useful material not found in nature, a team led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory devised a multidimensional analysis approach that combines multiscale synthesis, characterization, and modeling techniques. With this approach, they obtained the first direct measurement of atomic-scale ordering in LMNO, a material of interest for thermoelectric applications. Read MoreExternal linkage