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October 3, 2014
News Feature
Burton Richter, Nobel laureate and director emeritus at SLAC, has been selected by President Obama to receive the National Medal of Science – the nation's highest honor for achievement in the field of science.
September 14, 2014
Press Release
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.
Photo - battery cycler
September 11, 2014
News Feature
By observing how hydrogen is absorbed into individual palladium nanocubes, Stanford materials scientists have detailed a key step in storing energy and information in nanomaterials.
July 29, 2014
News Feature
Researchers have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades – design a pure lithium anode.
July 17, 2014
News Feature
Tucked in a small laboratory at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a team of scientists from the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: create a battery five times better than the ones we use today.
Photo - scientist preparing a dime-sized prototype battery
July 9, 2014
Press Release
Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale
June 2, 2014
Understanding the origins of our solar system, the future of our planet or humanity requires complex calculations run on high-power computers.
Photo - tom abel in srcc
May 21, 2014
News Feature
A new battery design harnesses waste heat in a four-step process: heating, charging, cooling and discharging.
April 2, 2014
News Feature
Windows that darken to filter out sunlight in response to electric current, function much like batteries. Now, X-ray studies at SLAC provide a crystal-clear view into how this color-changing material behaves in a working battery – information that could benefit next-generation rechargeable batteries.
Image - This image shows how lithium ions interact with an ultrathin sheet of nickel oxide, which served as an electrode material. The arrows show how the reaction of lithium ions with the nanosheet simultaneously spreads out on multiple fronts.
March 20, 2014
Press Release
Scientists have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting, a state in which it would carry electricity with 100 percent efficiency.
Superconducting Graphene Layers

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