Heat energy leaps through empty space, thanks to quantum weirdness

Vacuum chamber used to test heat transfer

12/11/2019 - In a surprising new study, Berkeley researchers led by Xiang Zhang, professor of mechanical engineering, showed that heat energy can travel through a complete vacuum due to invisible quantum fluctuations, a discovery that could have profound implications for the design of computer chips.

At fault

close-up of the fault interface, as viewed through the slider block from a high angle.

10/25/2019 A team of earthquake engineers, working out of the lab of professor Steven Glaser, is taking research on asperities to a new level by studying fault mechanics at nanoscale.

Alum honored as MEMS pioneer

10/25/2019 Kurt Peterson was awarded the 2019 IEEE Medal of Honor for his contributions to microelectromechanical systems research.

Machines that heal

Rikky Muller and nerual dust component

5/1/2019 Rikky Muller is building tiny, wireless devices that can be implanted in the brain, with the aim of treating conditions such as epilepsy or spinal cord injuries.

Berkeley Quantum to accelerate innovation in quantum science

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry Nanofabrication clean room.

9/28/2018 Berkeley Lab - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have partnered to form Berkeley Quantum, a research alliance that will tackle some of the most difficult problems in quantum information science, and will facilitate the design, fabrication, and testing of quantum devices and technologies.

'Soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays

Single nanowires shown emitting different colors.

6/29/2017 Berkeley Lab - A class of semiconductors called halide perovskites could usher in new generation of optoelectronic devices, according to Berkeley Lab scientists led by materials science and engineering professor Peidong Yang.

Small wonder

5/1/2017 Researchers have created the world’s smallest transistor, a development that could advance the performance and efficiency of electronics.

Using brain implants to tune the mind

Jose Carmena

4/7/2017 Kavli Foundation - EECS and neuroscience professor Jose Carmena joined a discussion of how the federally funded BRAIN Initiative could advance brain implants as treatment for a variety of illnesses and disorders, including epilepsy, depression, Alzheimer's and PTSD.

Synthetic spider silk for sale in a $314 necktie

Spider-silk tie

3/15/2017 MIT Technology Review - Bolt Threads, co-founded by bioengineering grad David Breslauer (Ph.D.'10), is releasing its first commercially available spider-silk product: a $314 limited-edition necktie, spun from fibers grown in the startup's lab.