Paul Alivisatos awarded 2024 Kavli prize in nanoscience

June 12, 2024
UC Berkeley nanoscientist Paul Alivisatos and neuroscientist Doris Tsao are among this year’s Kavli Prize winners.

Berkeley’s ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship combats climate change

May 16, 2024
UC Berkeley faculty are fast-tracking the development of new and creative climate solutions.

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.

Building the Materials for Next-Gen Tech

February 13, 2023

Felix Fisher in his lab

Felix Fisher, Associate Professor of Chemistry, in his lab where he applies his organic chemistry background to build quantum materials. (Photo by Elena Zhukova)

Imagine a strand of hair, how tiny and fragile it is. Now try to imagine something ten thousand times smaller, which carries electricity and data in the form of...

How do nanoparticles grow? Atomic-scale movie upends 100-year-old theory

July 28, 2022

Video of nanoparticles in movement

New video footage captured by Berkeley Lab scientists reveals for the first time that nanoparticle growth is directed not by difference in size, but by defects. (Credit: Haimei Zheng/Berkeley Lab....

Markita Landry: 2022 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

February 8, 2022

Follow the path of Markita Landry to becoming a scientist at UC Berkeley. (Video produced by the Vilcek Foundation)

Markita del Carpio Landry was born in Quebec, Canada, to a Bolivian mother and French Canadian father. She grew up a dual citizen of Bolivia and Canada, and when she was 14, her family immigrated to the United States. The challenge of being thrust into a new school while learning English bolstered del Carpio Landry’s love of science and mathematics; she...

An electronic crystal turned flat

February 18, 2022

Artist rendering of a layered charge-density-wave material

Artist rendering of a layered charge-density-wave material. Blue spheres represent lattice ions while sinusoidal curves represent waves of electron density. In this case, the charge density wave possesses long-range order both within a layer and between layers. (Illustration by Alfred Zong)...

With a little help, new optical material assembles itself

February 4, 2022


Using 3D STEM (scanning transmission electron microscope) tomography at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, Ting Xu and her team mapped out the precise placement of nanoparticles in a self-assembling material. (Courtesy of ACS Nano)

A research team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has demonstrated tiny concentric nanocircles that self...

Technique tunes into graphene nanoribbons’ electronic potential

January 3, 2022

Photo of nanoribbons

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 materials science research. From this body of work, other researchers...