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An aerial view of a 30,000L raceway, where Sapphire validates the performance of its cultivation strains by testing them at increasing spatial scales

Algae production research gets boost at Los Alamos

Los Alamos applies its expertise in data analysis and high-performance computing to study oil and gas production as part of its mission to enhance the nation’s energy security.

Data analysis could trigger new shale gas revolution

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors.

Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop

Quantum dots amplify light with electrical pumping

Quantum dots amplify light with electrical pumping

The team demonstrates that using their “designer” quantum dots, they can achieve light amplification in a nanocrystal solid with direct-current electrical pumping. 20 Nov, 2017

20 Nov, 2017

Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter

Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter

Research is showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. 16 Aug, 2017

16 Aug, 2017

Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work

Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work

Researchers have been developing alternatives to the prohibitively expensive platinum and platinum-group metal (PGM) catalysts currently used in fuel cell electrodes. 03 Aug, 2017

03 Aug, 2017

Controlling the properties of matter with quantum dots

Controlling the properties of matter with quantum dots

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time photoconversion processes. 22 Mar, 2017

22 Mar, 2017

Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Scientists are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. 09 Mar, 2017

09 Mar, 2017

Quantum-dot solar windows evolve with ‘doctor-blade’ spreading

Quantum-dot solar windows evolve with ‘doctor-blade’ spreading

A Los Alamos National Laboratory research team demonstrates an important step in taking quantum dot, solar-powered windows from the laboratory to the construction site. 11 Oct, 2016

11 Oct, 2016

Making solar power more affordable

Making solar power more affordable

Although the goal of cheap, plentiful energy from the sun turns out to be a work in progress, not a settled achievement, recent research breakthroughs are helping to deliver on the promise of truly “cheap solar,” with several surprising side benefits. 30 Aug, 2016

30 Aug, 2016

New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost

New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost

A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells. 23 Aug, 2016

23 Aug, 2016

Fuel-cell technology companies win small-business aid

Fuel-cell technology companies win small-business aid

Pajarito Powder, LLC, (Albuquerque), NanoSonic (Pembroke, Va.) and Ion Power (New Castle, Del.), are the recipients that will partner with Los Alamos. 22 Aug, 2016

22 Aug, 2016

Science on the Hill: On track for a clean, hydrogen-powered future

Science on the Hill: On track for a clean, hydrogen-powered future

Los Alamos, within the ElectroCat consortium, is investigating less expensive, more abundant materials based on carbon compounds to reduce the cost of ownership of a fuel-cell powered car so this clean power can compete in the marketplace. 13 Oct, 2016

13 Oct, 2016

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

Understanding how to use a simple, room-temperature treatment to drastically change the properties of materials could lead to a revolution in renewable fuels production and electronic applications. 13 Jun, 2016

13 Jun, 2016

Cooling, time in the dark preserve perovskite solar power

Cooling, time in the dark preserve perovskite solar power

A new study has found both the cause and a solution for the pesky tendency of perovskite solar cells to degrade in sunlight. 17 May, 2016

17 May, 2016

Picture of the Week: Hacking the bio-nano interface for better biofuels

Picture of the Week: Hacking the bio-nano interface for better biofuels

Los Alamos theoretical physicists and chemists are using computers to develop more efficient ways of converting biofuels into electricity by using fuel cells. 29 Apr, 2016

29 Apr, 2016

Argonne and Los Alamos national laboratories team up to develop more affordable fuel cell components

Argonne and Los Alamos national laboratories team up to develop more affordable fuel cell components

Laboratories have teamed up to support a DOE initiative through the creation of the Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat). 01 Mar, 2016

01 Mar, 2016

Driving toward an algae-powered future

Driving toward an algae-powered future

A project led by Los Alamos seeks to drive algal biofuels to marketability, decreasing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and putting the brakes on global warming. 24 Dec, 2015

24 Dec, 2015

Plasma research shows promise for future compact accelerators

Plasma research shows promise for future compact accelerators

A transformative breakthrough in controlling ion beams allows small-scale laser-plasma accelerators to deliver unprecedented power densities. 21 Dec, 2015

21 Dec, 2015

Science on the Hill: Jumpstarting the carbon capture industry

Science on the Hill: Jumpstarting the carbon capture industry

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage can provide a crucial bridge between our current global energy economy and a cleaner, more diversified energy future. Researchers demonstrate that this approach is technically feasible and poised for full-scale roll-out. 16 Oct, 2015

16 Oct, 2015

Los Alamos-led consortium works to enhance fuel cell technology

Los Alamos-led consortium works to enhance fuel cell technology

Los Alamos is leading a DOE Fuel Cells Technologies Office-funded project to enhance the performance and durability of PEM fuel cells, while reducing their cost. 08 Oct, 2015

08 Oct, 2015

Los Alamos explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells

Los Alamos explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells

With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. 24 Sep, 2015

24 Sep, 2015

Picture of the Week: Growing a greener future with algal biofuels

Picture of the Week: Growing a greener future with algal biofuels

At the New Mexico Consortium, Los Alamos scientists are using genetic engineering to improve algae strains for increased biomass yield and carbon capture efficiency. 06 Sep, 2015

06 Sep, 2015

Capture sunlight with your window

Capture sunlight with your window

A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy. 24 Aug, 2015

24 Aug, 2015

Picture of the Week: Perovskite solar power

Picture of the Week: Perovskite solar power

In recent experiments, Los Alamos National Lab scientists have produced perovskite crystals that exhibit solar conversion efficiencies comparable to those of silicon, the current gold standard. This image shows the kind of high-efficiency perovskite crystals regularly produced at Los Alamos. 26 Jun, 2015

26 Jun, 2015

Promising future of quantum dots explored in conference

Promising future of quantum dots explored in conference

Researchers are gathering to reflect on two decades of quantum dot research at a special topical conference, “20 Years of Quantum Dots at Los Alamos” 13 Apr, 2015

13 Apr, 2015

Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

Researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. 29 Jan, 2015

29 Jan, 2015