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Much Cheaper, More Abundant Catalyst May Lower Hydrogen-Powered Car Costs

Sandia post-doctoral fellow Stan Chou demonstrates the reaction of more efficiently catalyzing hydrogen. In this simulation, the color is from dye excited by light and generating electrons for the catalyst molybdenum disulfide to evolve hydrogen. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Sandia researchers, at the Sandia-University of New Mexico Advanced Materials Laboratory, have engineered a [...]

Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research, and jointly recruit top researchers. “With this [...]

Hongyou Fan Chosen for Prestigious Lecture on Creating Nanomaterials

Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan to give the 2015 Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecture in Nanoscience. (Photo by Stephanie Blackwell) Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan (at the Advanced Materials Laboratory, operated in cooperation with the University of New Mexico) was selected by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Kavli Foundation to deliver the 2015 Fred [...]

Sandia Wins DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Funding Award

(a) A fractured well. (b) Fractured zones loaded with unique tagged nanoparticles inside the proppant. (c) Tagged nanoparticles released from each zone over time. Above-ground sampling will be analyzed for the tagged nanoparticles. This diagram indicates: no flow from green zone, medium flow from blue zone, high flow from red zone. The DOE’s [...]

By | December 15th, 2014|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Geothermal, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia Wins DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Funding Award

Joint Hire Increases Materials Science Collaboration for Sandia, UNM

New Sandia National Laboratories-University of New Mexico joint hire, Dr. Fernando Garzon. Sandia and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have hired Dr. Fernando Garzon, a nationally recognized scientist/inventor, to work for both institutions. “Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have enjoyed a close relationship for many years in the [...]

By | September 16th, 2014|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Joint Hire Increases Materials Science Collaboration for Sandia, UNM

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 [...]

By | July 29th, 2014|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Diamond Plates Create Nanostructures through Pressure, Not Chemistry

Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding Award

On May 21st, the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced $10M for six new R&D projects that will advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP:ELEMENTS) funding program supports developing thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that can validate a cost of ≤ $15/kWhth [...]

By | June 4th, 2014|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding Award

Sandia Researchers Score MRS “Outstanding” Rating Two Years Running

We developed a simple and economic coating process through interfacial self-­‐assembly of polymers and nanoparticles as an alternative to conventional CVD and sputter-­‐deposited optical films. Through control of structural parameters of assemblies, we were able to fabricate uniform reflective optical coatings. Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan (Advanced Materials Laboratory) was honored for his “outstanding [...]

By | August 7th, 2013|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia Researchers Score MRS “Outstanding” Rating Two Years Running

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 [...]

By | March 29th, 2013|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on ECIS and Compass Metals: Platinum Nanostructures for Enhanced Catalysis

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 [...]

By | March 19th, 2013|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Facilities, Materials Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on ECIS, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, University of New Mexico, and Davidson College: Multifunctional Optical Coatings by Rapid Self-Assembly