Nanotechnology

Quantum weirdness

04/14/20 — Researchers have shown that heat energy, in the form of molecular vibrations, can travel across a few hundred nanometers of a complete vacuum.
Vacuum chamber used to test heat transfer

Heat energy leaps through empty space, thanks to quantum weirdness

12/11/19 — 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.

Alum honored as MEMS pioneer

10/25/19 — Kurt Peterson was awarded the 2019 IEEE Medal of Honor for his contributions to microelectromechanical systems research.
close-up of the fault interface, as viewed through the slider block from a high angle.

At fault

10/25/19 — 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.
Rikky Muller and nerual dust component

Machines that heal

05/30/19 — 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 Lab’s Molecular Foundry Nanofabrication clean room.

Berkeley Quantum to accelerate innovation in quantum science

09/28/18 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.
Single nanowires shown emitting different colors.

‘Soft’ semiconductors could transform HD displays

06/29/17 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

05/01/17 — Researchers have created the world's smallest transistor, a development that could advance the performance and efficiency of electronics.
Jose Carmena

Using brain implants to tune the mind

04/07/17 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.
Spider-silk tie

Synthetic spider silk for sale in a $314 necktie

03/15/17 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.
Elena Kassianidou

Kumar lab sheds new light on cellular stress fiber networks

02/17/17 — New research from Professor Sanjay Kumar's lab, led by bioengineering PhD student Elena Kassianidou, uncovers fundamental design principles of how cells and tissues define and maintain their structure, combining sophisticated micropatterning technologies to engineer cell shape, laser nanosurgery to cut individual stress fibers with light and probe their internal structure, and mathematical modeling.
Experiment in bioengineering lab

Heart-on-a-chip

01/26/17 Futurism — Berkeley scientists, led by bioengineering professor Kevin Healy, have developed technology that allows you to grow a model of your organs on a microchip.
Berkeley Lab scientists use a nano-Auger electron spectroscopy instrument to measure the content of materials.

For this metal, electricity flows, but not the heat

01/26/17 Berkeley Lab — A study led by MSE professor and Berkeley Lab physicist Junqiao Wu finds that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat - a law-breaking property that could lead to applications in thermoelectrics and window coatings.
simulation of ion channels in atomic detail

Head-Gordon leads Berkeley partnership to improve scientific software

08/04/16 — A nine-university partnership headed by Virginia Tech has launched the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, an NSF-funded program to improve software for the molecular sciences. Bioengineering's Teresa Head-Gordon is the institute's lead scientist at UC Berkeley.
Tiny (3mm) sensor on a fingertip

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

08/04/16 — Tiny, implantable wireless sensors have been developed by a team led by EECS professors Michel Maharbiz and Jose Carmena. The dust-sized prototypes could stimulate and monitor internal nerves, muscles and organs, as well as introduce the possibility of "electroceuticals" to be used in a wide variety of treatments.

Cool composites

05/01/16 — The metallic alloy CrMnFeCoNi is being researched to study the mechanisms that make it one of the toughest at any temperature. The future applications to understanding how it works? Cryogenics and the potential to design even stronger reinforcing metallic materials.