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On the Road to Mottronics: Researchers at the Advanced Light Source Find Key to Controlling the Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Mott Thin Films

February 24, 2014

At Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, researchers controlled the conducting/insulating phases of ultra-thin films of Mott materials by applying an epitaxial strain to the crystal lattice. This is an important step on the road to Mottronics.

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Tracking Catalytic Reactions in Microreactors

February 21, 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated a technique that for the first time allows the catalytic reactivity inside a microreactor to be mapped in high resolution from start-to-finish. This technique opens a more effective and efficient synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs and other flow reactor chemical products.

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New Insight into an Emerging Genome-Editing Tool

February 6, 2014

A collaboration led by Berkeley Lab’s Jennifer Doudna and Eva Nogales has produced the first detailed look at the 3D structure of the Cas9 enzyme and how it partners with guide RNA to interact with target DNA. The results should enhance Cas9’s value and versatility as a genome-editing tool.

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How a Shape-shifting DNA-repair Machine Fights Cancer

February 3, 2014

Maybe you’ve seen the movies or played with toy Transformers, those shape-shifting machines that morph in response to whatever challenge they face. It turns out that DNA-repair machines in your cells use a similar approach to fight cancer and other diseases, according to new research led by Berkeley Lab scientists.

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Natural 3D Counterpart to Graphene Discovered

January 16, 2014

A natural 3D counterpart to 2D graphene with similar or even better electron mobility and velocity has been discovered at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source. This discovery promises exciting new things to come for the high-tech industry, including much faster transistors and far more compact hard drives.

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Berkeley Lab-led Project Aims to Produce Liquid Transportation Fuel from Methane

January 15, 2014

How’s this for innovative: A Berkeley Lab-led team hopes to engineer a new enzyme that efficiently converts methane to liquid transportation fuel. “There’s a lot of methane available, and we want to develop a new way to harness it as an energy source for vehicles,” says Christer Jansson, a biochemist who heads the effort.

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A Deeper Look at Interfaces: Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source Develop New Technique for Probing Subsurface Electronic Structure

January 14, 2014

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source have developed a technique that makes it possible for the first time to selectively study the electronic structure of buried interfaces in multilayer nanodevices. The technique is called SWARPES for Standing Wave Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy.

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Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem: Berkeley Lab Researchers Find Dendrites Start Below the Surface

December 17, 2013

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered that the dendrite problem that can cause lithium-ion batteries to short-circuit, overheat and possibly catch fire originates below the surface of the lithium electrode and not at the surface as has been widely believed.

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New Spectroscopic Technique Could Accelerate the Push for Better Batteries

December 4, 2013

A new technique developed at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source could help scientists better understand and improve the materials required for high-performance lithium-ion batteries that power EVs and other applications. The technique, which uses soft X-ray spectroscopy, measures something never seen before: the migration of ions and electrons in an integrated, operating battery electrode.

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An Inside Look at a MOF in Action

November 22, 2013

A unique inside look at the electronic structure of a highly touted metal-organic framework (MOF) as it is adsorbing carbon dioxide gas should help in the design of new and improved MOFs for carbon capture and storage.

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