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This Month at MSD

Happy holidays, MSD!  This will be the last newsletter sent under my watch, so best wishes for the holiday season and the Division's future.

Safety Corner: Every Day Hazard Analysis


Just like adjusting your driving when it’s raining outside, you need to adjust your safeguards when the workplace environment changes.  Whether in the lab or in the office, practicing hazard analysis and controls implementation is a key part of Integrated Safety Management (ISM).  When conditions change due to new work, new or replacement reagents/materials, scaling up, unexpected reactions, etc., you must complete a new hazard analysis determine if the current controls are sufficient or if new controls need to be developed and implemented so you can continue to work safely.  It can be as easy as a short meeting with your PI, lab manager or staff scientist to review the changed conditions and identify potential new hazards.  You may have to update existing WPC Activities or create new activities all together.  Contact your EH&S Technician or Mike Wisherop, the MSD EH&S Manager, if you have questions or concerns about safety in the workplace.

Announcing the MSD One Stop

The MSD One Stop serves as an information hub to allow researchers, admins and more a one stop shopping experience.  Our aim is to provide comprehensive information is an easily digestible format.  You can find information about procedures, policies, etc. for Safety, Travel, Procurement, Time Keeping, HR, Publications and more.  You can find the One Stop at (Bookmark it!) or on the menu options from the MSD Webpage.  Explore and we hope that you find this to be a beneficial tool.  If you have any feedback, please contact Noah Schwartz at [email protected]  With your help, we can make the MSD One Stop the best it can be.

Acknowledging MSD Support

MSD would like to remind everybody that including a correct and detailed acknowledgement of financial support as part of your submitted manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals is an important part of your responsibility as an LBNL scientist. A proper acknolwedgement recognizes which portions of the work were performed at MSD and elsewhere, and is required for the paper to be reported to the Department of Energy.  A complete list of correctly acknowledged papers is vital for ensuring continued DOE support for your research. Please double check the acknowledgement rules on the MSD website, and email the MSD division office if you have any questions.

MSD and Molecular Foundry win R&D 100 Awards

Berkeley Lab has won seven 2015 R&D 100 Awards, including several from MSD and the Molecular Foundry:

  • MSD & Foundry User: Extended Pressure Inductive Coupled Plasma-synthesized Boron Nitride Nanotubes (Alex Zettl)
  • Foundry User: High-capacity Anode for Rechargeable Batteries (Gao Liu)
  • Foundry: Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool
    (Stefano Cabrini)

Presented by R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 Awards recognize the year’s top 100 technology products from industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.  More...

On the way to Multiband Solar Cells

Wladek Walukiewicz led the development of the first intermediate band solar cell to demonstrate charge transfer across all three band transitions – valence/intermediate, intermediate/conducting, and conducting/valence. These results open the door to high-efficiency solar cells and multicolor light emitters. More...

A Defect-Free, Molecule-Thick Film

An emerging class of atomically thin materials known as monolayer semiconductors has generated a great deal of buzz in the world of materials science. Monolayers hold promise in the development of transparent LED displays, ultra-high efficiency solar cells, photo detectors and nanoscale transistors. However, the films are notoriously riddled with defects that kill their performance. Now, a research team including MSD's Ali Javey has found a simple way to fix these defects through the use of an organic superacid. More...

On the Road to ANG Vehicles

Jeff Long led the development of a unique metal–organic framework (MOF) that features flexible gas-adsorbing pores, giving it a high capacity for storing methane. This capability has the potential to help make the driving range of an adsorbed-natural-gas (ANG) car comparable to that of a typical gasoline-powered car. More...

A New Way to Look at MOFs

An international collaboration led by Omar Yaghi, faculty scientist with the Materials Sciences Division and a co-director of Kavli-ENSI, has developed a technique called “gas adsorption crystallography” that provides a new way to study the process by which metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are able to store immense volumes of gases such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane. More...

Nanocarriers May Carry New Hope for Brain Cancer Therapy

Ting Xu of the Materials Sciences Division led the development of a new family of nanocarriers, called “3HM,” that meets all the size and stability requirements for effectively delivering therapeutic drugs to the brain for the treatment of a deadly form of cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme. This cancer kills approximately 15,000 people in the United States each year. More...