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A Single Dose for Good Measure: How an Anti-Nuclear-Contamination Pill Could Also Help MRI Patients

Scientists at Berkeley Lab are studying how an anti-radiation-poisoning pill could also help to protect people from the potential toxicity of gadolinium, a critical ingredient in widely used contrast dyes for MRI scans.

A Chemical Reaction Close-Up: New Technology Gives a Glimpse of Solar Fuel Generation in Action

Scientists at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have invented the first solar-powered fuel generating cell that allows for unobtrusive observation of an operating catalyst. This advance will enable the discovery of new, more efficient catalysts, which could help bring solar fuel cells from the lab bench to the real world.

The Chemistry of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint in Microscopic Detail to Inform Preservation Efforts

To learn more about the chemical processes in oil paints that can damage aging artwork, a team led by researchers at the National Gallery of Art and the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted a range of studies that included 3D X-ray imaging of a paint sample at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.

Berkeley Lab Appoints Polly Arnold as Chemical Sciences Division Director

Renowned heavy-element chemist Polly Arnold has been appointed Chemical Sciences Division Director within Berkeley Lab’s Energy Sciences Area. Arnold will join Berkeley Lab in late September this year. Concurrent with her role at Berkeley Lab, she will also join the Chemistry Department faculty at UC Berkeley in January 2020.

Here Comes the Sun: A New Framework for Artificial Photosynthesis

A study led by Berkeley Lab has uncovered new insight into how to better control the catalyst cobalt oxide for artificial photosynthesis.

Separation Anxiety No More: A Faster Technique to Purify Elements

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new chemical separation method that is vastly more efficient than conventional processes, opening the door to faster discovery of new elements, easier nuclear fuel reprocessing, and, most tantalizing, a better way to attain actinium-225, a promising therapeutic isotope for cancer treatment.

Royal Society of London Elects Two Berkeley Lab Scientists

Two Berkeley Lab scientists – climate scientist Inez Fung of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and chemist Martin Head-Gordon of the Energy Sciences Area – have been elected to the Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific academic society in continuous existence.

A Solar Cell That Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, have developed an artificial photosynthesis device called a “hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic (HPEV) cell” that turns sunlight and water into two types of energy – hydrogen fuel and electricity.

Scientists Present New Clues to Cut Through the Mystery of Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped scientists to zero in on a low-temperature chemical mechanism that may help to explain the complex molecular compounds that make up the nitrogen-rich haze layer surrounding Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

Splitting Water: Nanoscale Imaging Yields Key Insights

In the quest to realize artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel – just as plants do – researchers need to not only identify materials to efficiently perform photoelectrochemical water splitting, but also to understand why a certain material may or may not work. Now scientists at Berkeley Lab have pioneered a technique that uses nanoscale imaging to understand how local, nanoscale properties can affect a material’s macroscopic performance.