Using the Molecular Foundry to grow samples and the ALS to image them, a research team has uncovered new clues into the exotic behavior of superconductors devices that efficiently carry electrical current with zero resistance in ways that defy our previous understanding of physics. The work could help researchers design more powerful superconducting materials by tuning their chemical makeup at the atomic level.

The core of our scientific capabilities is our people, a diverse group of talented, creative scientists and professionals recognized throughout the world for their expertise in materials, chemistry, physics, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, and computing.

Beyond our five DOE national user facilities, several of our facilities and centers support the experimental and data needs of researchers, agencies, and companies.

The renowned synthetic biologist is harnessing biology to address challenges in renewable biomanufacturing, human health, and bioenergy.

Sinead Griffin has devoted much of her career to designing a new detector material that could help find “light” dark matter.

Adam Weber is accelerating development and deployment of clean hydrogen solutions to address urgent energy challenges.

To encourage innovation and to ensure that our research remains at the forefront of science, Berkeley Lab allocates a limited amount of its operating and capital equipment funds to our LDRD program. We carefully select projects to receive this Lab-discretionary funding to initiate new capabilities, reduce technical risk for major projects, integrate research across programs, and develop leaders of the future. Several of our most important, enduring research programs were launched with LDRD support.