January 2016   |   Nanotechnology, Physics

State of excitement

Advances in excited-state physics promise to fine-tune energy-related materials.

Astrophysics, Computer Science
November 2015

Tackling a Trillion

Trillion-particle simulations take on the biggest big-data problems that exist.

Genomics
November 2015

Assembling a flood

A Berkeley Lab-UC Berkeley team says its program can reconstruct entire genomes in just minutes.

Physics
October 2015

Laser focus

Simulations explore how a tumor-killing laser’s high-energy fields can rip matter apart.

Science Highlights

August 2015

Keeping the ions close

Research reveals that when a strong acid such mixes with water, the negatively charged anion and positively charged cation remain close and create an unexpected structure.

mundy-ions-largeImproving chemical reactions in fields from oil refining to battery life depends on understanding the chemistry of acids and bases. Researchers recently discovered that when a strong acid such as hydrochloric acid is mixed with water, the negatively charged anion and positively charged cation remain close and create an unexpected structure, suggesting a template for linking structure with function. The connection can help scientists develop a deeper understanding of the most basic concepts in chemistry and provide foundational information for use in battery applications.

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