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03.15.19User Facility

Nature's Own BiorefineryExternal link

Passalid beetles work together in family units to defend their log tunnel homes and care for their young into adulthood. New Berkeley Lab research has now shown that the beetle’s distinct gut microbiome also helps its young survive. Read More »

03.13.19User Facility

Ultrathin and Ultrafast: Scientists Pioneer New Technique for Two-dimensional Material AnalysisExternal link

A new study, led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and in collaboration with other institutions, including the University of Washington and DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, developed a new technique called ultrafast surface X-ray scattering. This technique revealed the changing structure of an atomically thin two-dimensional crystal after it was excited with an optical laser pulse.
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03.13.19User Facility

Plumbing the Depths of Interfaces and Finding Buried TreasureExternal link

Understanding the interfaces where solids and liquids meet is key to controlling a wide range of energy-relevant processes, from how batteries store energy to how metals corrode, and more. However, there are many unanswered questions around how these processes work at the atomic or molecular scale. Now researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have explored such interfaces and found what they describe as a treasure trove of unexpected results that expands our understanding of working interfaces and how to probe them.
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03.12.19User Facility

Synchrotron Tools Aid NETL Research on Converting CO2 Into Useful ProductsExternal link

A team of NETL research staffers were recently awarded highly competitive, proposal-based experiment time at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s (BNL) National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) X-ray facility in Upton, New York. With help from BNL Staff Scientist Eli Stavitski, the team conducted advanced X-ray characterization techniques Feb. 18-19 to study materials that chemically convert CO2 into value-added products.
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03.12.19User Facility

Scientists Take a Deep Dive Into the Imperfect World of 2D MaterialsExternal link

In a study at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), scientists learned how nanoscale defects can enhance the properties of an ultrathin, so-called 2D material.
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03.11.19User Facility

Caterpillar-Argonne Team to Pursue Improved Diesel Engine Combusion SystemsExternal link

Caterpillar Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are joining forces to research heavy-duty diesel engines. This project is funded by the Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and is one of seven public-private partnerships recently selected under the DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program.
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03.11.19User Facility

Visions of ExascaleExternal link

The Aurora supercomputer – scheduled to arrive at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in 2021– stands to benefit countless fields of study from materials science simulations of defect formation at the molecular level to fluid dynamics computations for experimental engines. Aurora will be based at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility.
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03.08.19User Facility

NETL Develops an Improved Process for Creating Building Blocks for $200 billion Per Year Chemical Industry MarketExternal link

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers developed a new catalyst that can selectively convert syngas into light hydrocarbon compounds called olefins for application in a $200 billion per year chemical industry market. The catalyst was characterized using a variety of techniques from U.S. Department of Energy user facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory including advanced electron microscopy at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy conducted at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
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03.08.19User Facility

When Semiconductors Stick Together, Materials Go QuantumExternal link

A team of researchers led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has developed a simple method that could turn ordinary semiconducting materials into quantum machines – superthin devices marked by extraordinary electronic behavior. Such an advancement could help to revolutionize a number of industries aiming for energy-efficient electronic systems – and provide a platform for exotic new physics.
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03.07.19User Facility

One Device, Many Frequencies: Argonne Researchers Create a Unique, Tiny ResonatorExternal link

A finding from a team led by scientists at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facility at Argonne National Laboratory, could ultimately help improve such components in a range of electronics and even create devices that mimic biological processes. The researchers have pioneered a micromechanical device that responds to external signals in an entirely new way compared to conventional ones.
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