Historic videos

Capturing carbon

Capturing Carbon

The College of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley is turning its focus to global issues regarding the capture, filtration, and utilization of carbon in various forms. By using metal-organic frameworks they are able to create new materials capable of filtering carbon from various gases. They are actively involved with President Obama's Materials Gnome Initiative.  This video was produced in 2014.

The CHEM Study series

CHEM Study Series

The Chemical Education Material Study, better known as CHEM Study, was developed in the early 1960s at U.C. Berkeley's College of Chemistry and Lawrence Hall of Science, and Harvey Mudd College, and continued at the Lawrence Hall of Science through the 1980s. There are a total of 48 videos in the series. Many of the films include faculty from UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry.

Nobel prize parking spaces

Nobel Prize Parking Spaces - Periodic Table of Videos

Berkeley: The Periodic Table of Videos
By Brady Haran
University of Nottingham, 2012

Mendelevium: the way it was

 The Way It Was

A reel of black & white film shot in 1955 was found at Berkeley Lab, depicting the discovery of Mendelevium — or Element 101 — as reenacted by some of the legendary scientists who did the actual work at that time. Since the 1940s, Berkeley Lab scientists were locked in a race to synthesize new elements, and more often than not, they came out winners. Sixteen elements, most of them in the actinide series at the bottom of the periodic table, were discovered and synthesized by its researchers. Film was discovered and salvaged by Retired Berkeley Lab physicist Claude Lyneis.

The search for heavy elements

Documentary about the search for heavy metals

The 1994 documentary The Search for Heavy Elements chronicles the expansion of the periodic table through the creation at Berkeley Lab of elements heavier than uranium. The documentary features a mix of rarely-seen archival footage, historical photos, and interviews with scientists who made history, such as Glenn Seaborg and Albert Ghiorso.

Ernest Lawrence demonstrates the cyclotron

Lawrence demonstrate the cyclotron

In this short video, Berkeley Lab Founder and Nobelist Ernest O. Lawrence uses a mechanical model to explain how the cyclotron works.

Richmond Sarpong - TedX Berkeley

RIchmond Sarpong

What do you think of when you hear, "disease in sub-Saharan Africa?" Richmond Sarpong invites us to reject stereotypes and redefine the face of disease in Africa. TedX talk at Berkeley, 2015.

Jennifer Doudna - L'Oréal-UNESCO Laureate

Jennifer Doudna -- L'Oréal-UNESCO Laureate

Jennifer Doudna was named the North American laureate of the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Awards.  She and European laureate, Emmanuelle Charpentier, were recognized for their development of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a genetic editing tool that allows scientist to rewrite genetic code, “opening tremendous new possibilities for treating, even curing, diseases.”  This video was produced in conjunction with Jennifer's award.

Liquid sunlight - Peidong Yang

Artificial Photosynthsis

Artificial synthesis technology uses sunlight to turn CO2 and water into chemical fuels. Over the past decade, research led by Peidong Yang has yielded new classes of semiconductor materials to efficiently capture sunlight for this process, and new types of catalysts to promote the chemical reactions. His team recently reached a milestone.


Jay Keasling, biotechnology at the cutting edge

Cutting edge technology - Jay Keasling Lab

Dr. Jay Keasling discusses the promise of biological systems to create carbon-neutral products for a range of applications, including fuels, chemicals and drugs. Dr. Keasling discusses the application of these principles to the development of a microbial platform for the synthesis of artemisinic acid, which has helped stabilize global supply of this anti-malarial drug and more.

Joel Hildebrand's 100th birthday celebration

Joel Heldebrand 100th birthday

image: At the podium is George Pimentel.  Behind him is Ken Pitzer.  Then Rod Park and me on either side of Hildebrand.  And on the far left is Dan Koshland. The video is from the presentation to Hildebrand.

Charles Tobias, Electrochemical Society lecture, 1982 

Charles Tobias lecture

As a former ECS President and pioneer in the field of electrochemical engineering, Charles Tobias (1921 - 1976) was instrumental in the advancement of electrochemical science. Through his role in forming the Chemical Engineering Department at Berkeley in 1947, Tobias made a long-lasting and far-reaching impact on the field.