Laser Spectroscopy of Ultrathin Semiconductor Reveals Rise of 'Trion' Quasiparticles

Quasiparticles are central to energy applications but can be difficult to detect. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have seen evidence of quasiparticles called negative trions forming and fading in an ultrathin layer of semiconducting material.

SLAC Experiment Finds Key to Natural Detoxifier's Reactivity

Researchers working at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered that a mere 9-trillionths-of-a-meter reduction in the length of a chemical bond dramatically boosts the reactivity of a family of molecules that helps keep humans and many other organisms healthy.

Newly Discovered 'Design Rule' Brings Nature-Inspired Nanostructures One Step Closer

Scientists aspire to build nanostructures that mimic the complexity and function of nature's proteins. These microscopic widgets could be customized into incredibly sensitive chemical detectors or long-lasting catalysts. But as with any craft that requires extreme precision, researchers must first learn how to finesse the materials they'll use to build these structures. A discovery by Berkeley Lab scientists is a big step in this direction. The scientists discovered a design rule that enables a recently created material to exist.

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ORNL Researchers Find 'Greener' Way to Assemble Materials for Solar Applications

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a "greener" way to control the assembly of photovoltaic polymers in water using a surfactant--a detergent-like molecule--as a template.

Flipping Molecular Attachments Amps Up Activity of CO2 Catalyst

New research by chemists at Brookhaven Lab offers clues that could help scientists design more effective catalysts for transforming carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful products. The study reveals how a simple rearrangement of molecular attachments on an iridium hydride catalyst can greatly improve its ability to coax notoriously stable CO2 molecules to react.

A Simpler Way to Estimate the Feedback Between Permafrost Carbon and Climate

Researchers led by a scientist from Berkeley Lab have developed a simple model of permafrost carbon based on direct observations. Their approach could help climate scientists evaluate how well permafrost dynamics are represented in the Earth system models used to predict climate change.

Ames Laboratory Scientists Create an All-Organic UV on-Chip Spectrometer

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a near ultra-violet and all-organic light emitting diode (OLED) that can be used as an on-chip photosensor.

Quark Matter 2015: Scientists Present, Discuss Latest Data from Experiments Smashing Nuclei at the Speed of Light

Scientists intent on unraveling the mystery of the force that binds the building blocks of visible matter are gathered in Kobe, Japan, this week to present and discuss the latest results from "ultrarelativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions." Known more colloquially as Quark Matter 2015, the conference convenes scientists studying smashups of nuclei traveling close to the speed of light at the world's premier particle colliders-the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC, https://www.bnl.gov/rhic/) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN).

ORNL Microscopy Finds Evidence of High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single Layer

Electron microscopy is pointing researchers closer to the development of ultra-thin materials that transfer electrons with no resistance at relatively high temperatures.

ORNL, Strangpresse LLC Sign Additive Manufacturing Patent License Agreement

Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Strangpresse LLC have signed a non-exclusive patent licensing deal to a portfolio of ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing that enable the production of parts much larger than the current standards--a potentially game-changing niche.

200-Terawatt Laser Brings New Extremes in Heat, Pressure to X-Ray Experiments

A newly upgraded high-power laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will blaze new trails across many fields of science by recreating the universe's most extreme conditions, such as those at the heart of stars and planets, in a lab.

DOE Announces Funding for New Center for Computational Materials Sciences at Brookhaven Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $12 million in funding over the next four years for a new Center for Computational Design of Functional Strongly Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Rutgers University. Center scientists will develop next-generation methods and software to accurately describe electronic properties in complex strongly correlated materials, as well as a companion database to predict targeted properties with energy-related application to thermoelectric materials.

Brookhaven Lab Scientist Veljko Radeka Shares Inaugural American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields Instrumentation Award

The inaugural American Physical Society (APS) Division of Particles and Fields Instrumentation Award has been presented jointly to David Nygren of the University of Texas at Arlington and Veljko Radeka of the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Nygren and Radeka received the award during the APS "New Technologies for Discovery" Workshop on October 5, 2015, at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Three Questions With: Ames Laboratory Cybersecurity Manager and Researcher Chris Strasburg

Ames Laboratory's Chris Strasburg discovered an interest in research while working in systems support and cybersecurity. He's now the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory's cybersecurity manager and working toward a Ph.D. in computer science at Iowa State University, studying artificial intelligence approaches, automation of computer languages, and network security.

Arizona State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sign Agreement to Develop Solutions to Global Challenges

A new memorandum of understanding between PNNL and Arizona State University formalizes the institutions' research collaboration on topics involving energy security, climate science and sustainability and other aspects of global security.

New York Cybersecurity Company Licenses ORNL's Data Diode

Lock Data Solutions has licensed a technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed to protect a company's data from internal and external threats.

Feng Lin Wins Spicer Award for Smart Window, Battery Research

Feng Lin, a former postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been selected to receive the annual William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award for X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory that led to new approaches in the design of energy-efficient, color-changing "smart" windows and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.

Enrico Fermi Awards Ceremony

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New DOE Office of Science Support for CAMERA to Develop Computational Mathematics for Experimental Facilities Research

Department of Energy has announced approval of a grant of $10.5 million over three years to expand the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). CAMERA's mission is to develop fundamental mathematics and algorithms, delivered as data analysis software that can accelerate scientific discovery.

The Majorana Demonstrator: First Module of Germanium Detectors Comes Online

In 2014, the Majorana Demonstrator (MJD) started its search for neutrinoless double beta decay. Observation of this decay would have profound implications for our understanding of physics, including providing hints as to how the Big Bang produced more matter than it did antimatter.

A Large-Area Detector for Fundamental Neutron Science

How long do neutrons live? The answer could change how we think everything from the cosmos to coffee cups. Yet, scientists don't agree on the neutron longevity. The disagreement is fanned by the limitations of today's instruments. Now, a highly efficient detector is helping to resolve the puzzle.

Laser Detection of Actinides and Other Elements

Dramatic increases in ionization efficiencies for uranium, thorium, and palladium, which were made possible with RILIS, enable new studies relevant to nuclear fuels cycles, neutrino detection, and isotope production.

New Artificial Cells Mimic Nature's Tiny Reactors

Pools of fatty molecules self-assemble around treated water droplets to create a cell-like bioreactor that could offer substantial advantages for carrying out complex synthesis processes.

Cooperative Carbon Capture by a Novel Material that Mimics a Plant Enzyme

Scientists discovered a material that exhibits an unprecedented mechanism for carbon dioxide capture-and-release with only small shifts in temperature. The material's structure closely resembles an enzyme found in plants that captures carbon dioxide for conversion into nutrients.

Two-Color X-Rays Give Scientists 3-D View of the Unknown

Scientists can now get a high-resolution view of a sample or the details of the first steps in ultra-fast processes, thanks to researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source.

The World's Thinnest Proton Channel

Scientists correlated atomic-scale defects in graphene with a "bucket brigade" style mechanism that lets protons travel through the graphene. Demonstrating such a mechanism and the prospect for gating it could enable directing proton pathways for improved fuel cells and other uses.

Super Water-Repellant Coatings Can Now Take the Pressure

Extremely water-repellant surfaces were fabricated that can withstand pressures that are 10 times greater than the average pressure a surface would experience resting in a room. The surfaces resist the infiltration of liquid into the nanoscale pockets, staying drier than similar coatings.

Skimming Uranium from the Sea

Researchers developed a new, protein-based system that can mine certain types of uranium from sea water with exceedingly high affinity and selectivity.

Up and Down Quarks Favored Over Strange Ones

A suppression of strange quark production relative to up and down quark production had previously been noted; for the first time, the result has been verified when a single pair is produced.

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University of Utah Makes Solar Accessible

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Texas Tech Energy Commerce Students, Community Light up Tent City

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Don't Get 'Frosted' Over Heating Your Home This Winter

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New Research Center To Tackle Critical Challenges Related to Aircraft Design, Wind Energy, Smart Buildings

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Friday April 22, 2011, 09:00 AM

First Polymer Solar-Thermal Device Heats Home, Saves Money

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Like Superman, American University Will Get Its Energy from the Sun

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Thursday February 10, 2011, 05:00 PM

ARRA Grant to Help Fund Seminary Building Green Roof

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UC San Diego Installing 2.8 Megawatt Fuel Cell to Anchor Energy Innovation Park

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Rensselaer Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Announces First Deployment of New Technology on Campus

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Ithaca College Will Host Regional Clean Energy Summit

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Tuesday July 27, 2010, 10:30 AM

Texas Governor Announces $8.4 Million Award to Create Renewable Energy Institute

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Friday May 07, 2010, 04:20 PM

Creighton University to Offer New Alternative Energy Program

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Wednesday May 05, 2010, 09:30 AM

National Engineering Program Seeks Subject Matter Experts in Energy

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Wednesday April 21, 2010, 12:30 PM

Students Using Solar Power To Create Sustainable Solutions for Haiti, Peru

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wednesday March 03, 2010, 07:00 PM

Helping Hydrogen: Student Inventor Tackles Challenge of Hydrogen Storage

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Thursday February 04, 2010, 02:00 PM

Turning Exercise into Electricity

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Campus Leaders Showing the Way to a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future

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Furman University Receives $2.5 Million DOE Grant for Geothermal Project

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Thursday September 17, 2009, 02:45 PM

Could Sorghum Become a Significant Alternative Fuel Source?

Salisbury University

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 11:15 AM

Students Navigating the Hudson River With Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 10:00 AM

College Presidents Flock to D.C., Urge Senate to Pass Clean Energy Bill

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Northeastern Announces New Professional Master's in Energy Systems

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Kansas Rural Schools To Receive Wind Turbines

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High Gas Prices Here to Stay, Says Engineering Professor

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Time Use Expert's 7-Year Fight for Better Gas Mileage

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