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Powerful x-rays for less

Design improvements enable construction of compact x-ray lasers at ultra-short wavelengths, which can measure individual atoms.

Nov 30th, 2012

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Density Functional Theory (DFT) for open-shell molecules: Spin calculations

The review paper on the consideration of spin in density functional theory (DFT), published by the scientists Dr. Christoph Jacob from the Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Professor Markus Reiher from ETH Zurich, functions to close a major knowledge gap in theoretical chemistry.

Nov 29th, 2012

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Guided self-assembly of gold thin films

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have successfully directed the self­-assembly of nanoparticles into device-ready thin films, which have potential applications in fields ranging from computer memory storage to energy harvesting and storage, from catalysis to light management, and into the emerging new field of plasmonics.

Nov 28th, 2012

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Scientists image the molecular structure of polymer blends

Using an enhanced form of 'chemical microscopy' developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), researchers there have shown that they can peer into the structure of blended polymers, resolving details of the molecular arrangement at sub-micrometer levels.

Nov 28th, 2012

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