Berkeley Lab bioscientists are part of a nationwide research project, called ENCODE, that has generated a detailed atlas of the molecular elements that regulate our genes. This enormous resource will help all human biology research moving forward.

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have gained important new insight into how the performance of a promising semiconducting thin film can be optimized at the nanoscale for renewable energy technologies such as solar fuels.

Microbiomes are integral to all life, from human health and food security to ecosystem processes and global nutrient cycling. Collaborative research – performed by scientists spanning the vast biological and bioinformatics fields – is key to developing a predictive understanding of microbiome function.

Kristin Persson, a senior faculty scientist in the Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division within the Energy Technologies Area at Berkeley Lab and director of the Materials Project, has been named director of the Molecular Foundry. Her appointment is effective August 15, 2020.

Among the critical metals that rest deep in the Salton Sea is lithium. Finding a way to unlock this resource could power the state’s green economy for years to come. Now the race is on to develop technology that can efficiently extract lithium from the brine produced by the geothermal plants near the Salton Sea.

In these videos, Berkeley Lab scientists discuss five of the latest projects — including research on fluorescent sensors, probiotic vaccines, virus proteins, the virus-bacterial cell network, and scaling up testing of treatments — that aim to help address some of the many scientific challenges posed by the pandemic.

Researchers at Berkeley Lab, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft.

Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting CO2 into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen. Scientists say it’s better to have had something special and lost it than to have never had it at all — who would have thought that holds true for metal oxides within solar fuel catalysts?

Berkeley Lab researchers led the analysis of particle collider data from Brookhaven Lab that provides new insight into how particles called quarks combine to form hadrons, which are essential in the makeup of ordinary matter.

Researchers across the world have already amassed tons of info about COVID-19, and learn more every day. Now, Berkeley Lab experts are developing a platform that puts all this valuable knowledge in one place, and leverages machine learning to make new discoveries.