A solid pathway toward hydrogen storage

Sept. 25, 2017 -  
An inexpensive and useful layered superconductor compound also may be an efficient solid-state material for storing hydrogen. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium approach to accelerate material discovery and development is starting to pay off. Through theory...
optimizing design

LLNL gears up for next generation of computer-aided design and engineering

Sept. 22, 2017 -  
The emergence of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and powerful multi-physics computer simulations have enabled design to reach unprecedented levels of complexity, expanding the realm of what can be engineered and created. However, conventional design tools such as computer-aided design (CAD)...

Lab leads new effort in materials development

Sept. 19, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) will be part of a multi-lab effort to apply high-performance computing to U.S.-based industry’s discovery, design and development of materials for severe environments under a new initiative announced today by the Department of Energy ( DOE ). The High...
Livermore Lab Foundation

New Livermore Lab Foundation supports scientific advancement through philanthropy

Sept. 19, 2017 -  
The recently launched Livermore Lab Foundation (LLF) represents a new opportunity to support scientific advancement. LLF was formed to generate philanthropic backing of scientific research, technological development and educational outreach activities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL...

25 years after the last U.S. nuclear test

Sept. 18, 2017 -  
A blend of beautiful blue and green hues jump off the computer screen of L awrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Todd Hoover. The visualization is a simulation of an underground nuclear test that took place 25 years ago this day. Hoover was a test coordinator on the experiment, code-named...
tcg grants

Lab wins six DOE commercialization grants

Sept. 14, 2017 -  
For two years running, Lab researchers have exceeded expectations for capturing Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) grants. In 2016, the first year of the TCF competition, Rich Rankin, the head of the Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO), expected LLNL might...

Lab researchers achieve '4D printed' material

Sept. 13, 2017 -  
For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have successfully 3D printed composite silicone materials that are flexible, stretchable and possess shape memory behavior, a discovery that could be used to create form-fitting cushioning activated by body heat, such...
For article Using synthetic biology for chlamydia vaccines

Using synthetic biology for chlamydia vaccines

Sept. 12, 2017 -  
A multidisciplinary scientific team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has made significant advances in developing a vaccine for chlamydia using synthetic biology, sponsored by a two-year National Institutes of Health ( NIH ) grant. They detail their work in a recent paper published...
Science on Saturday

'Science on Saturday' in Tracy returns Sept. 23

Sept. 11, 2017 -  
LIVERMORE, California -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 's popular " Science on Saturday ” lecture series will return to Tracy this month, reprising two presentations that were featured earlier this year that highlight “ingenious inventions.” The free, one-hour presentations will be held on...
For article Lab physicist elected SPIE senior member

Lab physicist elected SPIE senior member

Sept. 11, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Regina Soufli has been elected as an SPIE senior member. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, bestows the senior member designation on individuals who have distinguished themselves through their professional experience and...

Fast heat flows in warm dense aluminum

Aug. 31, 2017 -  
Thermal conductivity is one of the most crucial physical properties of matter when it comes to understanding heat transport, hydrodynamic evolution and energy balance in systems ranging from astrophysical objects to fusion plasmas. In the warm dense matter (WDM) regime, experimental data are very...
silicon reflections

Reducing reflectivity in solar cells and optics with micro- and nanoscale structures

Aug. 30, 2017 -  
When it comes to solar cells, less is more -- the less their surfaces reflect a sun’s rays, the more energy can be generated. A typical fix to the problem of reflectivity is an anti-reflective coating, but that might not always be the best solution, depending on the application. Lawrence Livermore...

Plutonium research to advance stockpile safely

Aug. 29, 2017 -  
Conducting an experiment that combines high explosives with plutonium -- a special nuclear material used in nuclear weapons -- is no trivial matter. Not only do researchers need to ensure the plutonium remains “subcritical” to avoid a nuclear explosion, they must be absolutely certain that these...

Lab earns Glassdoor’s ‘OpenCompany’ status

Aug. 29, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has achieved Glassdoor’s OpenCompany status, a distinct profile badge that recognizes companies that emphasize transparency in the workplace between employer and employee. Glassdoor, a website like Yelp, but for employers, is a leading destination for...

Perfecting the spider’s art to support NIF targets

Aug. 28, 2017 -  
Materials scientist Xavier Lepró can’t grow his “spider webs” fast enough to swing from skyscrapers like Spiderman, but he can best another web-maker, Mother Nature, when it comes to consistency. Lepró helped pioneer the spinning of spider-silk-like yarns for use in suspending target capsules...

Carbon nanotubes worth their salt

Aug. 24, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers at Northeastern University , have developed carbon nanotube pores that can exclude salt from seawater. The team also found that water permeability in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with diameters smaller than a nanometer (0.8 nm)...
atmospheric release

Using real-world data, Lab scientists answer key questions about an atmospheric release

Aug. 23, 2017 -  
In the event of an accidental radiological release from a nuclear power plant reactor or industrial facility, tracing the aerial plume of radiation to its source in a timely manner could be a crucial factor for emergency responders, risk assessors and investigators. Utilizing data collected during...
For article Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets like Neptune

Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets like Neptune

Aug. 22, 2017 -  
In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists observed “diamond rain” for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to...
For article NIF’s night Owls: Where the wild things are

NIF’s night Owls: Where the wild things are

Aug. 18, 2017 -  
From sunset to sunrise, while others slumber, the "Owls" of the National Ignition Facility nurture the world’s most energetic laser through some of its most productive hours. On this particular summer night, Shot Director Steve Weaver is the Owl Shift leader of 16 scientists, engineers and...
For article Lab scientist takes a leap in the dark

Lab scientist takes a leap in the dark

Aug. 17, 2017 -  
He could have been a professional trombone player in a jazz ensemble or a chef specializing in New Mexican cuisine. However, Michael Schneider took a very different path. He became an explorer looking for the meaning of the universe in the form of dark energy. With the help of the Large Synoptic...