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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 Ultrathin Sensor Could Save Your Lungs – and the Climate

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed an atomically thin device that could turn your smartphone into a supersmart gas sensor.

Shine On: Avalanching Nanoparticles Break Barriers to Imaging Cells in Real Time

A new material called “avalanching nanoparticles” co-designed by Berkeley Lab could lead to simple, high-resolution bioimaging in real time.

9 Berkeley Lab Scientists Named 2020 AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, today announced that 489 of its members, among them nine scientists at Berkeley Lab, have been named Fellows. This lifetime honor, which follows a nomination and review process, recognizes scientists, engineers, and innovators for their distinguished achievements in research and other disciplines toward the advancement or applications of science.

What’s Nanotechnology? Kristin Persson Explains at 4 Different Levels

In this video, Molecular Foundry Director Kristin Persson explains nanotechnology at 4 different levels so that anyone – from a kindergartner to a graduate student – can learn about this exciting field.

2D Electronics Get an Atomic Tuneup

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated a new technique that could improve the performance of atomically thin semiconductors for next-generation electronics such as optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, and sensors.

Paul Alivisatos Wins Priestley Award­

Paul Alivisatos, an internationally renowned chemist who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, has been awarded the 2021 Priestley Medal, the highest honor of the American Chemical Society.

Scientists Capture 3D Images of Nanoparticles, Atom by Atom, With Unprecedented Precision

A research team including scientists from Berkeley Lab has developed a technique that produces atomic-scale 3D images of nanoparticles tumbling in liquid between sheets of graphene, the thinnest material possible.

Fine-Tuning Magnetic Spin for Faster, Smaller Memory Devices

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed an ultrathin switch for computer memory and processing applications. Their findings have implications for further miniaturizing computing devices and personal electronics without loss of performance.

Unique Synthetic Antibodies Show Promise for Improved Disease and Toxin Detection

Scientists have invented a new “synthetic antibody” that could make screening for diseases easier and less expensive than current go-to methods. Writing in the journal Nano Letters, a team led by Markita Landry of Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley describes how peptoids – synthetically produced molecules, first created by Ron Zuckermann at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, that