Energy and Climate

Advanced Materials Laboratory

Sandia Researchers Score MRS “Outstanding” Rating Two Years Running

Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan (Advanced Materials Laboratory) was honored for his “outstanding poster” at the 2013 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in San Francisco. His was one of only 12 posters selected out of 2,147 at the conference. His poster then was chosen as one of three—the best of the best—to represent […]

ECIS and Compass Metals: Platinum Nanostructures for Enhanced Catalysis

Renewable energy sources are critical to the nation’s future, and hydrogen-powered fuel cells offer an attractive alternative to current technologies. However, fuel-cell catalysts must become more durable, efficient, and inexpensive before they are practical and cost-effective. Because most fuel cells use platinum or platinum alloys as catalysts, the limited platinum supply is a barrier to […]

ECIS, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, University of New Mexico, and Davidson College: Multifunctional Optical Coatings by Rapid Self-Assembly

Optical coatings appear on items ranging from electronic devices, photographic lenses, and windows to aircraft sensors, photovoltaic cells, and goggles for troops in the field. The coatings protect or alter the way a material reflects and/or transmits light. However, the two primary methods of applying coatings—sputtering and chemical vapor deposition (CVD)—are expensive, require highly specialized […]

‘Zombie’ Replica Cells May Outperform Live Ones as Catalysts and Conductors

The Sandia-developed technique coats a cell’s insides with a silica solution to form a near-­‐perfect replica of its internal structure—simplifying a wide variety of commercial fabrication processes from the nano- to macro-scale. The work, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses the nanoscopic organelles and other tiny components of mammalian cells […]

ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

Clean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the best method of desalination (making fresh water from seawater), but the energy requirements and costs for this process are tremendous […]

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