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CO2 reduction, artificial photosynthesis, Catalysis & energy conversion

Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

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Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.

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artificial photosynthesis, CO2 reduction, solar fuels, Nano Catalyst

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

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Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

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Nano Device, Physics, Optics, Sensing

Sensing with a Twist: A New Kind of Optical Nanosensor Uses Torque for Signal Processing

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An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale optomechanical resonator that can detect torsional motion at near state-of-the-art sensitivity. Their resonator, into which they couple light, also demonstrates torsional frequency mixing, a novel ability to impact optical energies using mechanical motions.

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Skin Patch Dissolves “Love Handles” in Mice

Researchers have developed a medicated skin patch that can turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat locally while raising the body’s metabolism. The patch could be used to burn off pockets of unwanted fat and treat metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes.

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Chemistry, Materials, Crystallization, MICA, Minerals

New Insights Into Nanocrystal Growth in Liquid

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PNNL researchers have measured the forces that cause certain crystals to assemble, revealing competing factors that researchers might be able to control. The work has a variety of implications in both discovery and applied science. In addition to providing insights into the formation of minerals and semiconductor nanomaterials, it might also help scientists understand soil as it expands and contracts through wetting and drying cycles.

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Chemical Engineering, Sustainability, nuclear waste disposal, nuclear waste management, agricultural runoff, Desalinization, Water Pollution, radioactive waste, Molecular Engineering, Environmental Science, Molecular Design, Pollution, Chemistry, Material Science, material chemistry

Discovery Could Reduce Nuclear Waste with Improved Method to Chemically Engineer Molecules

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A new chemical principle discovered by scientists at Indiana University has the potential to revolutionize the creation of specially engineered molecules whose uses include the reduction of nuclear waste and the extraction of chemical pollutants from water and soil.

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Energy, Manufacturing, Materials Science, Defects in materials , Metal fatigue, Nanoscience, materials simulation & theory, tribology, Mathematics, computing & computer science, mathematics, computing

Chaudhuri named Director of Manufacturing Science and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory

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Argonne National Laboratory announces the appointment of Santanu Chaudhuri, Ph.D., as the Director of the Laboratory’s new Manufacturing Science and Engineering initiative, effective Sept. 14, 2017

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Plasmonics, Photonic And Electronic Devices, nanotechnnology, Optical Switching, polarization switch

Nanotechnology Experts at Sandia Create First Terahertz-Speed Polarization Optical Switch

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A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has for the first time used optics rather than electronics to switch a nanometer-thick thin film device from completely dark to completely transparent, or light, at a speed of trillionths of a second.

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Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, Alternative Energy, hydrogen fuel cell, Berkeley, Department Of Energy, DOE, LBNL, Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, nano, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology

New Study on Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals Makes Inroads Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

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A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides insight into how an ultrathin coating can enhance the performance of graphene-wrapped nanocrystals for hydrogen storage applications.

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Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, High Flux Isotope Reactor, Spallation Neutron Source, OLCF, HFIR, SNS, Neutrons, neutron beams, Neutron, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Plos Biology, ORNL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Cell Membrane, cell membranes, Cells, Cell B

First Look at a Living Cell Membrane

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Neutrons provide the solution to nanoscale examination of living cell membrane and confirm the existence of lipid rafts.







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