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Diamond Plates Create Nanostructures through Pressure, Not Chemistry

In a recent Nature Com­munications paper, Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan (at Sandia’s Advanced Materials Laboratory) and colleagues have achieved a start toward using mechanical force to process nanoparticles more subtly than the most advanced chemistry. Their newly patented method uses simple pressure—a kind of high-tech embossing—to produce finer and cleaner results in forming silver nanostructures […]

Magnetically Stimulated Flow Patterns Offer Strategy for Heat-Transfer Problems

Sandia’s Jim Martin and Kyle Solis (both in the Nanoscale Sciences Dept.) have discovered how to harness magnetic fields to create vigorous, organized fluid flows in particle suspensions. The magnetically stimulated flows offer an alternative when heat transfer is difficult because they overcome natural convection limits. Martin and Solis even demonstrated a heat-transfer valve that […]

Sandia Metal-Organic Framework LDRD Research Published in Science

Alec Talin, Farid El Gabaly, and François Léonard (all in Sandia’s Materials Physics Dept.); Mike Foster (Materials Chemistry Dept.); Vitale Stavila (Hydrogen and Combustion Technology Dept.); and Mark Allendorf (Biological and Materials Sciences Center), plus National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collaborators, published “Tunable electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework thin-film devices” in the December […]

CRF Summer Undergraduate Internship Opportunities – Apply by January 10, 2014

The Combustion Research Facility (CRF) is seeking undergraduate and community college interns for 10-week appointments in summer 2014. Interns will be paired with a CRF scientist to conduct experimental, computational, or modeling research related to CRF programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens majoring in math, physical science, or engineering, with a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0. […]

Lignin-Feasting Microbe Holds Promise for Biofuels

Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy. For this reason, lignin is a major challenge for those who would extract those same plant sugars and use them to make advanced biofuels. As part of their search for […]

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