Scientists have for the first time reengineered a building block of a geometric nanocompartment that occurs naturally in bacteria. The new design provides an entirely new functionality that greatly expands the potential for these compartments to serve as custom-made chemical factories.
A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at Berkeley Lab is one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths too red for the human eye to see.
Omar Yaghi led research that created the first three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from helical organic threads. The COFs have significant advantages in structural flexibility, resiliency, and reversibility over previous COFs prized for their potential to capture and store carbon dioxide and then convert it into valuable chemical products.
The $2.4 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will fund the development of compact free electron lasers that will serve as powerful, affordable X-ray sources. This new technology could lead to portable, high-contrast X-ray imaging to observe chemical reactions, visualize the flow of electrons, or watch biological processes unfold.
The UC Board of Regents has approved Michael Witherell, vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara, as director of Berkeley Lab. Witherell is a leading physicist with a highly distinguished career in teaching, research and managing complex organizations. He has received numerous honors and recognitions for his scientific achievements.
Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers led the development of a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal. “High gravity” means high biomass loading — the higher the biomass loading, the lower the costs for converting it to fuels.
Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide, or NMC, is one of the most promising chemistries for better lithium batteries, especially for use in electric vehicles, but scientists have been struggling to get higher capacity out of them. Now a team led by Marca Doeff has found that using a different method to make the material can offer substantial improvements.
A team of researchers led by scientists from Berkeley Lab has identified several mechanisms that make a new, cold-loving material one of the toughest metallic alloys ever, making it an intriguing possibility for use in cryogenic applications such as storage tanks for liquefied natural gas.