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One-Stop Shop for Biofuels

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Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal.

How to Train Your Bacterium

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Berkeley Lab researchers are using the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to perform photosynthesis and also to synthesize semiconductor nanoparticles in a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system for converting sunlight into valuable chemical products.

2D Islands in Graphene Hold Promise for Future Device Fabrication

This AFM image shows 2D F4TCNQ islands on graphene/BN that could be used to modify the graphene for electronic devices.

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered a new mechanism for assembling two-dimensional molecular “islands” that could be used to modify graphene at the nanometer scale for use in electronic devices.

On the way to Multiband Solar Cells

Schematic of electron/hole transfer within intermediate band solar cell with GaNAs alloy as the light absorber.

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed an intermediate band solar cell that opens the door to high-efficiency solar cells and multicolor light emitters.

Berkeley Lab Hosts Bay Area Battery Summit

2015 Bay Area Battery Summit - The Energy Storage Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities. Speakers, panel discussions, alternative fuel vehicles display, poster session - November 04, 2015 at Berkeley Lab Bldg.50 auditorium.

More than 200 people attended the 2015 Bay Area Battery Summit at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Nov. 3 to discuss how to promote transformative energy storage technologies. The purpose of the Summit was to bring scientists together with policymakers and business to discuss what more could be done—whether in labs, universities, industry, Congress, or

It Takes a Thief

The overall architecture of Cas1–Cas2 bound to protospacer DNA with line segments that indicate DNA lengths spanning a total of 33 nucleotides.

The discovery by Berkeley Lab researchers of the structural basis by which bacteria are able to capture genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological system holds promise for studying or correcting problems in human genomes.

PIMs May Be the Cup of Choice for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

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Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a membrane made from polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) that extends the life and improves the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries.

JBEI Joins Elite 100/500 Club

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The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. JBEI is a DOE Bioenergy Research Center led by Berkeley Lab.

Computing A Textbook of Crystal Physics

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Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed a methodology that enabled them to compute piezoelectric constants for nearly 1,000 inorganic compounds.

Berkeley Lab’s Work for a Greener China Highlighted at U.S.-China Climate Summit

California Gov. Jerry Brown, China Energy Group head Lynn Price, and members of the Chinese delegation at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles.

The China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) participated in the two-day U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles this week. The Summit fulfills a key element of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Presidents Obama and Xi last November, helping to ensure that the ambitious actions to address climate