- A family of nature-inspired polymers was discovered at MSD, that, when placed in water, spontaneously assemble into hollow crystalline nanotubes.
- The Quantum Materials team from the Materials Science Division, led a study in which polar vortices were observed in a ferroelectric material.
- Berkeley Lab researchers, led by Ali Javey, have demonstrated efficient crystalline silicon solar cells without the use of doped-silicon layers or regions.
- MSD's Gang "Gary" Ren led a team that has captured first-of-their-kind images that could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices.
- Peidong Yang, a chemist with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division, and his researchers are using the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to perform photosynthesis and more.
Soft x-ray ptychography resolves nanoscale magnetic and structural correlations in thin SmCo5 films
MSD PIs from the Non-Equilibrium Magnetic Materials program used soft X-ray ptychography at the ALS to study nanoscale magnetic textures in thin amorphous SmCo5 films at 10nm spatial resolution. This new technique opens a path to high resolution x-ray imaging studies of novel spin textures, such as skyrmions to identify e.g. the underlying nucleation mechanisms.