Materials Chemistry

Nine young faculty members receive prized Sloan Research Fellowships

February 20, 2024
Kwabena Bediako among the nine young UC Berkeley faculty members to receive the prized 2024 Sloan Research Fellowships.

Scientists advance affordable, sustainable solution for flat-panel displays and wearable tech

January 22, 2024
Peidong Yang and colleagues develop new 3D-printable materials that could enable a cheaper manufacturing processes for next-gen OLED televisions, smartphones, and other devices.

Omar Yaghi wins Solvay Prize for climate, materials breakthroughs

January 19, 2024
Omar Yaghi has been awarded the renowned Science for the Future Ernest Solvay Prize by Syensqo. The award honors chemistry leaders whose discoveries are shaping the future of the field and humanity.

Birth of topological defects in a charge density wave

January 12, 2024
Published in Nature Physics, a collaboration between the Zuerch Research Group and international colleagues studied the birth of topological defects in a charge density wave.

Scaling Up Nano for Sustainable Manufacturing

November 8, 2023
Ting Xu and Emma Vargo have developed multipurpose, recyclable nanosheets for electronics, energy storage, and health & safety applications.

Accelerating sustainable semiconductors with ‘multielement ink’

September 28, 2023
Peidong Yang and fellow Berkeley Lab scientists have developed “multielement ink” – a new semiconducting material that could enable a more sustainable approach to microelectronics manufacturing.

Scientists theorize a hidden phase transition between liquid and a solid

August 15, 2023
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered molecular behavior in supercooled liquids that represents a hidden phase transition between a liquid and a solid.

Can synthetic polymers replace the body’s natural proteins?

March 20, 2023

Illustration of biological fluids are made up of hundreds or thousands of different proteins

Biological fluids are made up of hundreds or thousands of different proteins (represented by space filling models above) that evolved to work together efficiently but flexibly. UC Berkeley polymer scientists are trying to...

Professor Ting Xu honored at Falling Walls Science Summit

November 14, 2022

Ting Xu lectures at 2022 Falling Walls event in Berlin, Germany

Professor Ting Xu was honored at the Falling Walls Science Summit on November 9th. Prof. Xu discussed her reearch in a talk entitled: 'Breaking the Wall to Programmable Plastic Degradation through Enzymes'. She outlined the crisis of plastic pollution and what she and her research...

Scientists grow lead-free solar material with a built-in switch

September 1, 2022

Light microscopy illustration shows nanowires, 100 to 1,000 nanometers in diameter

Light microscopy image of nanowires, 100 to 1,000 nanometers in diameter, grown from cesium germanium tribromide (CGB) on a mica substrate. The CGB nanowires are samples of a new lead-free halide perovskite solar material that is also...