Researchers from UC Berkeley and the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers have developed a chemical technology that combines fermentation and chemical refining (center panels) to produce petroleum-like liquids (right) from renewable plants (left). (Image by John Beumer, courtesy of...Read more about Microbes provide sustainable hydrocarbons for petrochemical industry
Artist’s rendering of autonomous, continuous “liquid robots” in an animated GIF. (Credit: Jenny Nuss/Berkeley Lab)
When you think of a robot, images of R2-D2 or C-3PO might come to mind. But robots can serve up more than just entertainment on the big screen. In a lab...Read more about Tiny liquid robots never run out of energy as long as they have food
Photo: Worker planting rice. (Adobe Stock)
Fifteen years after their initial meeting to discuss what has become the CRISPR revolution, Professors Jill ...Read more about Genetically modified rice could emit fewer greenhouse gases
Photo: Scanning tunneling microscopy image of a zigzag graphene nanoribbon. (Credit: Felix Fischer/Berkeley Lab)
Ever since graphene – a thin carbon sheet just one-atom thick – was discovered more than 15 years ago, the wonder material became a workhorse in...Read more about Technique tunes into graphene nanoribbons’ electronic potential
David Schaffer, newly elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in his lab.
David Schaffer, a UC Berkeley chemical engineer who pioneered the use of engineered viruses to deliver gene...Read more about QB3 director David Schaffer elected to National Academy of Inventors
J. Frank Valle-Riestra (1924-2021). Undated photo.
We are sad to report that J. Frank Valle-Riestra passed away in April of this year. Frank was a first generation American born on November 12, 1924 in Oakland, California. He was the son of Carlos and Milena (Pudil) Valle-...Read more about In Memoriam: J. Frank Valle-Riestra
The College is pleased to announce that Peidong Yang, the S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry, has been elected a Foreign Academician of the...Read more about Peidong Yang elected Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Cars powered by fossil fuels emit carbon dioxide (CO2), the most prevalent greenhouse gas. A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab has developed a new technique that improves the conversion of CO2 emissions into useful chemicals and liquid fuels. (Credit: Adobe stock)
Geraldine Richmond sworn in as Under Secretary of Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy
Professor Geraldine Richmond (Ph.D. '80, Chem) during swearing in ceremony with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on November 9, 2021. (Photo via ZOOM)
In a short but exuberant ceremony today on ZOOM, alumna ...Read more about Geraldine Richmond sworn in as Under Secretary of Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy