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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

04.04.16From the Labs

NREL Reveals Potential for Capturing Waste Heat via NanotubesExternal link

A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Read MoreExternal linkage

04.04.16From the Labs

Tiny Tubes Move Into the Fast LaneExternal link

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have shown that carbon nanotubes as small as eight-tenths of a nanometer in diameter can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.04.16From the Labs

Boosting Production of Radioisotopes for Diagnostics and TherapeuticsExternal link

The DOE Office of Science’s Nuclear Physics Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications program (DOE Isotope Program) seeks to make critical isotopes more readily available for energy, medical, and national security applications and for basic research. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.01.16User Facility

Proving the Genetic Code’s FlexibilityExternal link

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, and Yale University show deviations in an amino acid’s code can occur naturally. Read MoreExternal linkage