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From batteries to water purifiers, carbon nanotubes are where it’s at

Oct. 24, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are scaling up the production of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) that could revolutionize diverse commercial products ranging from rechargeable batteries, automotive parts and sporting goods to boat hulls and water filters. The research appears in the journal Carbon. Most CNT production today is used in...

'Twisted' laser light experiments offer new insights into plasma physics

Oct. 21, 2022 - 
Electromagnetic vortices occur naturally throughout the universe and have recently been observed in association with black holes. Over the last decade, scientists have sought methods to investigate how extremely strong electromagnetic vortices interact with matter, specifically plasma, in a laboratory setting. Plasma, known as the “fourth state of matter,” makes up nearly all...

2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity jointly awarded to the IPCC

Oct. 20, 2022 - 
The United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was jointly awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, alongside the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The prize jury distinguished the two intergovernmental organizations for their role in developing scientific knowledge, alerting society and informing policymakers...

Two LLNL scientists selected as 2022 APS fellows

Oct. 19, 2022 - 
Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2022 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Physicists Andrea (Annie) Kritcher and Ronnie Shepherd were both selected by the APS Division of Plasma Physics. APS fellowships are awarded after extensive review and are considered a distinct honor because the evaluation process, conducted by the...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to host career fair

Oct. 19, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) empowers multidisciplinary teams to pursue bold and innovative science and technology, finding solutions to some of the greatest security challenges facing the nation and the world — and the Lab is growing every day. To recruit prospective employees for more than 500 open positions, LLNL is hosting its first-ever on-site career fair to share...

LLNL scientists eagerly anticipate El Capitan’s potential impact

Oct. 18, 2022 - 
While Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is eagerly awaiting the arrival of its first exascale-class supercomputer, El Capitan, physicists and computer scientists running scientific applications on testbeds for the machine are getting a taste of what to expect. “I'm not exactly sure we’ve wrapped our head around exactly about how much compute power [El Capitan] is going to have...

Registration deadline extended for San Joaquin ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ Conference

Oct. 18, 2022 - 
The San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) Conference has extended the deadline for registration to Wednesday, Oct. 26. This is the first time since 2019 that SJEYH will be held in person and organizers are hoping to reach pre-pandemic registration numbers.This year marks the 30-year anniversary of SJEYH, an annual conference geared toward young women in grades 6-12, designed to increase...

Remington honored with American Physical Society award

Oct. 17, 2022 - 
Bruce Remington, a distinguished member of the technical staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been honored with the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2023 George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award, which recognizes contributions to understanding condensed matter and non-linear physics through shock compression.   Since 1987, the award — the highest offered...

New method sheds light on solid-state battery fabrication

Oct. 14, 2022 - 
Safe, long-cycle-life batteries with high energy density are greatly needed with the rapid growth of electric devices and vehicles and grid energy storage demands. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have devised a method for the fabrication of all-solid-state lithium metal batteries, which have been recognized as the future choice of safe and high-energy-density...

LLNL celebrates making the impossible possible during 70th anniversary event

Oct. 13, 2022 - 
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, more than 5,000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees gathered to celebrate the Lab’s 70th anniversary. Throughout the first-ever Employee Engagement Day, dozens of the Lab’s facilities and programs opened their doors for employees to get a close-up look at LLNL’s cutting-edge science and technology. It was a celebration of making the impossible possible...

Lab’s DART team members recollect asteroid impact as NASA confirms mission altered the asteroid’s orbit

Oct. 13, 2022 - 
It was a scene right out of the movies. NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully impacted its asteroid target in the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration at 4:14 p.m. (PDT) on Sept. 26. Two weeks after impact, NASA has confirmed the mission changed the asteroid’s motion in space. “We were anxiously awaiting the spacecraft’s final hours with the DART Investigation Team...

Breaking up is easy to do with copper-titanium catalysts

Oct. 12, 2022 - 
Producing fragrances and flavorings and converting chemicals derived from biomass could get a boost from a new technique to break up hydrogen in nanoporous copper-titanium catalysts. The dissociation (breaking up) of hydrogen bonds is an essential elementary step in catalytic hydrogenation (a chemical reaction between molecular hydrogen [H2] and another compound or element, usually in the...

Kraus honored for inaugural American Physical Society award

Oct. 11, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) research scientist Richard Kraus is the recipient of the inaugural American Physical Society’s 2023 Neil Ashcroft Early Career Award for Studies of Matter at Extreme High Pressure Conditions. Kraus is recognized for his outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions by an early-career scientist to studies of matter at extreme high-pressure...

DOE funds LLNL project to improve differentiation of extreme-scale science applications

Oct. 10, 2022 - 
A high performance computing (HPC) project led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers was one of 22 recently awarded funding by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the 2022 “Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science” (EXPRESS) program. LLNL computational mathematician Tzanio Kolev will serve as principal investigator on the project, which includes LLNL researchers...

Former Lab physicist earns Nobel Prize in Physics

Oct. 5, 2022 - 
John Clauser, an experimental physicist who spent a decade at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with French scientist Alain Aspect and Austrian scientist Anton Zeilinger. The Nobel Committee, made up of members from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, cited the trio for “experiments with entangled photons, establishing...

Earth System Grid Federation launches effort to upgrade global climate data system

Oct. 5, 2022 - 
The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF), an international multi-institutional initiative that gathers and distributes data for top-tier computer simulations of the Earth’s climate, is preparing a series of upgrades that will make using the data easier and faster while improving how the information is curated. A new project called ESGF2, encapsulates the primary U.S. contribution to ESGF,...

New University of California Livermore Collaboration Center to expand collaborations and partnerships

Oct. 5, 2022 - 
The three-building Hertz Hall complex on the east side of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a new look and a new name. Following an extensive nine-month renovation, the buildings now form the University of California Livermore Collaboration Center (UCLCC) and will serve as a University of California (UC) multi-campus hub to expand collaborations and partnerships with...

Lab’s Tom Ramos reflects on ‘From Berkeley to Berlin’

Oct. 3, 2022 - 
Physicist Tom Ramos has had several roles for the past 40 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He served as a member of the nuclear team that developed the X-ray laser for President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, he supported United States arms control negotiations for START, and over a span of seventeen years he created and ran a program for the Department of Defense...

It’s a metal, not a gas: flerovium chemical properties unveiled

Sept. 29, 2022 - 
It could be called better understanding through chemistry. An international research team including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has succeeded in gaining new insights into the chemical properties of the superheavy element flerovium — element 114. The measurements, taken at the at the accelerator facilities of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung...

The people of stockpile stewardship are the key to LLNL’s success

Sept. 28, 2022 - 
The last nuclear test, code-named Divider, took place 30 years ago, on Sept. 23, 1992. That year, President Bush declared a temporary moratorium on nuclear testing, which became permanent during the Clinton administration. This ending of the era of nuclear testing was also the beginning of stockpile stewardship. Leaders from the Department of Energy (DOE), and Lawrence Livermore, Los...