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ABPDU Celebrates a Decade of Bio-Innovation

-By Emily Scott Ten years ago, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced the opening of a brand new, 15,000-square-foot facility full of stainless steel state-of-the-art bioprocessing equipment – what we now know as the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit, or ABPDU, was officially open for business. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy

What if We Could Give Viruses a One-Two Punch?

Researchers at Stanford and Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have developed virus-killing molecules called peptoids. The technology could make possible an emerging category of antiviral drugs that could treat everything from herpes and COVID-19 to the common cold.

Empowering a Neighborhood to Breathe Easy

Companies like Purple Air and IQAir, with air pollution sensors that cost under $300, have brought air quality monitoring to the masses. But when Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Tom Kirchstetter looked at Purple Air’s map last year during wildfire season, he noticed a big hole in Richmond, a city of 110,000 to the north of Berkeley.

One-of-a-Kind Course Aims to Build the Bioeconomy Workforce

A new course that takes place at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit gives UC Berkeley students hands-on experience with bioprocessing equipment, preparing them for careers in the biopharmaceutical, industrial biotech, or food tech industries.

The Story Behind Our Infinitely Recyclable Plastic

A multidisciplinary team has been working for several years to develop a game-changing plastic that, unlike traditional plastics, can be recycled indefinitely and is not made from petroleum. In this Q&A, we asked two project leaders about the inspiration for the unique plastic, shortfalls in our current recycling systems, and how this ambitious project is enabled by a diverse combination of scientific expertise.

‘Cool Walls’ Get a Boost from U.S. Green Building Council

Sunlight-reflecting “cool walls” have been shown to reduce energy costs by lowering heat gain in buildings. But they do more – reflective walls can also cool cities, fighting the urban heat island effect. The concept has new support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which has issued a pilot credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools, and commercial buildings to mitigate urban heat islands.

Celebrating IceCube’s First Decade of Discovery

Berkeley Lab’s contributions span the planning, construction, and data analysis central to the collaboration’s groundbreaking discoveries.

Meet EcoPOD: Berkeley Lab’s High-Tech Growing Chamber

The soil, microbes, air, and water surrounding every individual plant is actually a bustling miniature environment that can tell us a great deal about important, large-scale ecological processes. Our scientists have developed a ground-breaking new way to study it.

How Techno-economic Analysis Can Improve Energy Technologies

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab researcher Hanna Breunig on techno-economic analysis, and how she uses it to make negative emissions technologies more competitive.

How Microorganisms Can Help Us Get to Net Negative Emissions

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab scientist Eric Sundstrom on a technology to turn electrons to bioproducts