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MPA 'Materials Matter' Archive

Newsletter provides materials' news from the Materials Physics and Applications Division: interviews with staff, awards, latest research published.

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October 2017 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Paul Dowden: Focusing his talent on constructing a unique laser application
  • From Tanja's desk
  • MPA staff in the news
  • Using light to align magnetic atoms in colloidal nanocrystals
  • Additive manufacturing hierarchical polymers for realization of emergent phenomena
  • Triple-layering 2D perovskite sheets for solar cells improves efficiency by 12%
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service

June 2017 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Supporting scientific discovery: Introducing MPA’s newest administrative staff members
  • From Tanja's desk
  • From Andrew’s desk
  • MPA staff in the news
  • New oxygen stabilization method
  • Alkaline exchange membrane fuel cell technology
  • Research into crystalline lattice in the Weyl semimetal NbAs
  • Celebrating service
  • HeadsUP! Housekeeping events planned for ADEPS; Success in excess; Electrical safety 101

February 2017 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Jacob Spendelow: Aiming for fuel cell durability through atomic-level control
  • From Rick's desk
  • From Mike’s desk
  • MPA staff in the news
  • Fulfilling the promise of quantum materials through research using high magnetic fields
  • Metasurfaces transitioning to applications
  • Annual CINT users meeting celebrates 10 years of innovation
  • LANL prototype proves design concepts for plutonium electromagnetic isotope separator
  • Celebrating service
  • HeadsUP! Taking action to protect the environment
2016

October 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Filip Ronning: Pursuing materials studies that push the scientific agenda
  • From Tanja's desk
  • Borup, Kim recognized with awards of merit for fuel cell efforts
  • High-field magnetoresistance measurements of high-temperature superconductor suggest unusual resistivity-temperature relationship
  • Light-activated photocurrent degradation and self-healing in perovskite solar cells
  • MPA students in the news
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP!

July 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Nathan Mara: Bulking up lightweight nanomaterials
  • From Rick's desk
  • From George's desk
  • Water-removal technique boosts performance of carbon nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Walk with a manager
  • ECS recognizes Rangachary Mukundan for sensor achievements
  • Quantum criticality in a low-carrier system
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP!

April 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Los Alamos and Argonne team up to develop more affordable fuel cell components
  • From Tanja's desk
  • From Chuck's desk
  • MPA staff in the news
  • Measurements in high magnetic fields aid understanding of two-dimensional materials
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP!

February 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Brian Scott: Providing materials synthesis and characterization for national security needs
  • From Jeff''s desk
  • From Alex's desk
  • MPA staff in the news
  • New surface studying capabilities at Lujan Center
  • Experiments reveal possibility of polaronic Bose-Einstein condensates in UO2(+x)
  • Heads UP! ADEPS Environmental Action Plan for FY16
2015

December 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Shining a spotlight on Los Alamos's materials science
  • From Mike's desk
  • From Andrew's desk
  • Laboratory's materials science experts survey functional nanomaterials for advanced materials journal
  • Fuel cell team receives DOE funding for R&D project
  • Eric Bauer, Hou-Tong Chen, Filip Ronning named 2015 APS Fellows
  • Celebrating service
  • Expanding career potential by learning from others' success
  • Heads UP!

October 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Sharing fuel cell expertise
  • From Rick's desk
  • From Kristin's desk
  • Successful search for novel topological states
  • A hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells
  • Los Alamos researchers develop high-speed fiber-optic-based strain and pressure interrogation system for dynamic conditions of materials in extremes
  • Heads UP!
  • Celebrating service

August 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Hou-Tong Chen: Bringing the possibilities of metamaterials to light
  • From Mike's desk
  • From Chuck's desk
  • Doped nanotubes open a new path toward quantum information technologies
  • Neutrons find "missing" magnetism of plutonium
  • President of Poland awards Zelenay national professorship in chemistry
  • Heads UP!
  • Celebrating service

June 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • From Rick’s desk
  • Laboratory Fellows recognize Rau and Zelenay for leadership, research
  • Valence fluctuations trigger superconductivity in a plutonium compound
  • Soft matter in extremes: Using neutron scattering to determine the response of polymer films to high mechanical stresses
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP!

March 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • George Rodriguez: Getting big results from small-scale lasers
  • From Toni's Desk
  • From George's Desk
  • Ma recognized with Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award
  • Doorn, Rodriguez named 2014 APS Fellows
  • Using magnetic measurements to detect hydrogen contaminants in plutonium
  • Novel crystal growth technique developed for high-efficiency perovskite solar cells
  • Using ultrashort optical pulses to control magnetoelectric materials
  • Heads UP
  • Celebrating service

January 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Breaking through the status quo in fuel cell technology
  • Institute for Materials Science is up and running
  • Borup garners Electrochemical Society's Research Award
  • Omberg leads American Chemical Society's fiscal committee

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