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Cool Earth Solar and Sandia Team Up in First-Ever Public-Private Partnership on Livermore Valley Open Campus

In a public-private partnership that takes full advantage of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) for the first time, Sandia and Cool Earth Solar (CES) have signed a five-year cooperative research & development agreement (CRADA) that could make solar energy more affordable and accessible. The CRADA calls for researchers with Sandia’s New Mexico solar energy [...]

Unmanned Aircraft Test Flights Completed at Oliktok Point

In October 2012, a small flight team including staff from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Sandia began the first in a series of test flights for the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility to evaluate various unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in the frigid Arctic conditions at Oliktok Point, Alaska. For eight days, the team [...]

Opening the Door on Complex Diffusion in Polymer Membranes

Sandia researchers have developed new high-resolution magic angle spinning (HRMAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy techniques to investigate diffusion in polymer membranes. By coupling HRMAS NMR with pulsed field gradient (PFG) diffusion techniques, the team has demonstrated the unprecedented resolution of individual chemical species within a series of fuel cell anion exchange membranes (AEMs). The [...]

High-Pressure and High-Temperature Neutron Reflectometry Cell for Solid-Fluid Interface Studies

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) research by Robert Grubbs (Electro, Optical, and Nanostructures Department) and colleagues at Los Alamos was featured as the July 2012 cover article of the European Physical Journal Plus. The article, “High Pressure and High Temperature Neutron Reflectometry Cell for Solid-Fluid Interface Studies,” describes the design and use of a neutron reflectometry [...]

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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