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$5M foundation gift to help support US-China energy center at Berkeley Lab

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) In 2015, Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Tsinghua University in Beijing formed the Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change to develop scientifically based clean energy solutions and the next generation of leaders to champion those solutions. Show More Summary

NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices.

Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism.

Flexible ferroelectrics bring two material worlds together

Until recently, "flexible ferroelectrics" could have been thought of as the same type of oxymoronic phrase. However, thanks to a new discovery by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with...Show More Summary

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel.

Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires three atoms wide (Update)

Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids - the smallest possible bits of diamond - to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

New Energy Mandates, Part 4 - The Great Deal

New Year, New Clean Energy Analysis: New Study Finds Lots of Benefits, Few Costs John Rogers, January 10, 2017 (Union of Concerned Scientists) “…[A] new report from two of our nation’s premier national energy laboratories analyzes the...Show More Summary

Experiments confirm that structural defects at the periphery are key in catalyst function

Defects and jagged surfaces at the edges of nanosized platinum and gold particles are key hot spots for chemical reactivity, a team of researchers working at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel confirmed with a unique infrared probe.

Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming.

Physicists make first-ever direct observation of collisional plasmoid instability during magnetic reconnection

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have for the first time directly observed a phenomenon that had previously only been hypothesized to exist. The phenomenon, plasmoid instabilities...Show More Summary

How light pulses can create channels that conduct electricity with no resistance in atomically thin semiconductors

Theoretical physicists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used computer simulations to show how special light pulses could create robust channels where electricity flows without resistance in an atomically thin semiconductor.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2017

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Researchers identify patterns that could be valuable resource for superconductivity research; ORNL researchers developing approaches to preserve forests, wildlife; ORNL supercomputer helping scientists...Show More Summary

Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires 3 atoms wide

(DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids -- the smallest possible bits of diamond -- to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires three atoms wide

Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids - the smallest possible bits of diamond - to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

A better way to simulate accretion of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way developed

Scientists at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a rigorous new method for modeling the accretion disk that feeds the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Show More Summary

Solvent-free, catalyst-free way to produce alkali metal hydrides

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have found a way to create alkali metal hydrides without the use of solvents or catalysts.  The process, using room temperature mechanical ball milling, provides a lowerShow More Summary

Laser pulses help scientists tease apart complex electron interactions

(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Using a new laser-driven 'stop-action' technique for studying complex electron interactions under dynamic conditions, scientists have identified an unusual form of energy loss in a material related to superconductors.

New leaf study sheds light on 'shady' past

A new study led by a research scientist at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) highlights a literally shady practice in plant science that has in some cases underestimated plants' rate of growth and photosynthesis, among other traits.

Wind And Solar Go Together Like Cake & Ice Cream

Most people think wind power and solar power are competitors, but Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that the opposite is true Wind And Solar Go Together Like Cake & Ice Cream was...Show More Summary

Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) New catalysts containing platinum and lead could improve the efficiency of fuel cells -- a promising technology for producing clean energy.

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