JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process.
Lab researcher Evan Mills, who has been studying lighting in the developing world for more than two decades, has conducted the first global analysis of how the transition to solar-LED lighting will impact employment. He found that moving away from kerosene and other fuel-based lighting could create two million new jobs.
A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers, including those from Berkeley Lab, have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies.
The focus area seeks to quantify and predict how perturbations to mountainous watersheds — such as floods, droughts, fire and early snowmelt — impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals. EESA’s Susan Hubbard will lead the effort, funded by the DOE with over $20 million for three years.
Lab scientists at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have found a way to better predict how thin-film semiconductors weather the harsh conditions in systems that convert sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into fuel.
An international team of scientists that includes Berkeley Lab researchers has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of vanadium pentoxide, a material considered key to the next generation of batteries.
In the first comprehensive energy analysis of data centers in nearly 10 years, Lab researchers Aman Shehabi, Dale Sartor, Sarah Smith, Richard Brown, and Magnus Herrlin found that electricity consumption by data centers nationwide, after rising for more than a decade, started to plateau in 2010 and has remained steady since.
There may soon be a new way to make molecules to form the basis of pharmaceuticals, fuels, materials, agrochemicals and an array of other products in our modern life. Chemists at Berkeley Lab have successfully married chemistry and biology to create reactions never before possible.
Berkeley Lab researchers in the Computing Sciences Division have developed a new mathematical framework that allows researchers to capture fluid dynamics at unprecedented detail. The work could be used in a range of applications, like optimizing the shape of a propeller blade and the ejection of ink droplets in printers.