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Improved Desalination Process Also Removes Toxic Metals to Produce Clean Water

A UC Berkeley-led research team in collaboration with Berkeley Lab has discovered a way to simplify the removal of toxic metals, like mercury and boron, during desalination to produce clean water, while at the same time potentially capturing valuable metals, such as gold.

The Future Looks Bright for Infinitely Recyclable Plastic

Plastics are ubiquitous, but they’re not practical. Less than 10% are recycled, and the other ~8 billion tons are creating a pollution crisis. A Berkeley Lab team is determined to change that. A new analysis shows producing and recycling their game-changing new plastic could be easy and cheap enough to leave old plastics in the dust.

The Spintronics Technology Revolution Could Be Just a Hopfion Away

A research team co-led by Berkeley Lab has created and observed quasiparticles called 3D hopfions at the nanoscale (billionths of a meter) in a magnetic system. The discovery could advance high-density, high-speed, low-power, yet ultrastable magnetic memory “spintronics” devices.

Designing Selective Membranes for Batteries Using a Drug Discovery Toolbox

A research team led by Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry has developed a lithium-selective polymer membrane that could allow high-voltage battery cells to operate at higher power and more efficiently, important factors for both electric vehicles and aircraft.

Century-Old Problem Solved With First-Ever 3D Atomic Imaging of an Amorphous Solid

A research team led by UCLA, in collaboration with Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility, has reported the first-ever determination of the 3D atomic structure of an amorphous solid – in this case, a material called metallic glass.

This Hydrogen Fuel Machine Could Be the Ultimate Guide to Self-Improvement

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have uncovered a surprising property that turns an artificial photosynthesis device into a self-improving hydrogen fuel machine.

VIDEO: Revealing the Nano Big Bang – Scientists Observe the First Milliseconds of Crystal Formation

At the Molecular Foundry, scientists recruited a world-leading microscope to capture atomic-resolution, high-speed images of gold atoms self-organizing, falling apart, and then reorganizing many times before settling into a stable, ordered crystal.

Do You Know the Way to Berkelium, Californium?

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated how to image samples of heavy elements as small as a single nanogram. The new approach will help scientists advance new technologies for medical imaging and cancer therapies.

VIDEO: On the Line: Watching Nanoparticles Get in Shape

Berkeley Lab scientists have captured real-time, high-resolution videos of liquid structures taking shape as nanoparticles form a solid-like layer at the interface between oil and water. Their findings could help advance all-liquid robotics for targeted cancer drug delivery and other applications.

New Research Technique Sheds Light on Least Understood Part of Lithium Batteries

One of the aspects of lithium-ion batteries least understood by scientists has now been elucidated by a new research approach, opening the door to major improvements in battery performance, according to a new study by Berkeley Lab scientists. Their study, recently published in the journal Joule, used a technique developed by Berkeley Lab battery scientists