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Thanks for attending!

The 2019 Annual User Meeting came to a successful conclusion today, August 22, with over 300 attendees. Our congratulations go to the User Executive Committee, and in particular Francesca Toma, Greg Su, and Keiko Munechika for putting together an excellent meeting! Many thanks also to the Foundry’s User Office staff: Alison Hatt, Stephanie Didas, Dmitry Soustin, […]

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Cutting-Edge Research at the Bio/Nano Interface

By Annelise Barron The symposium “Cutting-Edge Research at the Bio/Nano Interface” was well-attended throughout the afternoon, and included a series of 8 Californian academic superstars: Eric Appel from Stanford, Rachel Rosenzweig from UC Irvine, Ali Khademhosseini from UCLA, Sanjay Kumar from UC Berkeley, Maxim Prigozhin at Stanford, and Joel Finbloom from UCSF, all highlighting incredible […]

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New directions in phase contrast microscopy

By Brooke Kuei Phase contrast electron microscopy, a form of microscopy that takes advantage of interference between scattered and unscattered waves, has recently seen significant advances due to new instrumentation and computation algorithms. Today’s afternoon symposium titled New Directions in Phase Contrast Microscopy featured the many different and creative ways in which microscopists have been […]

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Winners of the Poster Competitions

Out of the 300+ attendees at the user meeting, we had over 80 poster presentations! Several of these presenters entered our annual poster competition. With two categories, students and postdocs, judges from the User Executive Committee scored each entry. For students, participants in the competition also had to present their work as a single slide […]

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Outstanding Staff Service Award

The Molecular Foundry User Executive Committee (UEC) solicited nominations for the Outstanding Staff Service Award to recognize staff that have provided outstanding service by going above and beyond to support ​the user community. There were 18 nominations, demonstrating the quality and dedication of Foundry staff. We wish that all those nominated could have been awarded, […]

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Double perovskite nanocrystals and watching the structure formation of solution-cast perovskite films

By Greg Su Double perovskites are promising forms that may help address issues of lead toxicity in standard perovskite structures. Jakob Dahl from UC Berkeley reported on the synthesis of lead-free double perovskite nanocrystals of the form Cs2AgMX6. These nanocrystals can be made down to 10 nanometers in size. At these size scales, quantum confinement […]

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Materials and Devices for Brain-like Computing

By Alberto Salleo The “Materials and Devices for Brain-like computing” explored technologies for next generation computing -widely believed to benefit from taking inspiration from biology- as well as technologies that mimic nature or can integrate with living matter. Dr. Talin (Sandia National Lab) and Prof. Strukov (UC Santa Barbara) described new devices that can be […]

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Panel Discussion: Materials Discovery and Design to Enable a Circular Materials Economy

By Francesca Toma Panelists: Martin Mulvihill – Safer Made, Justin Bours – Cradle to Cradle; Peter Christensen – Berkeley Lab, Julie Schoenung – UC Irvine, Linda Gaines – Argonne National Lab The Circular Materials Economy Symposium hosted a panel discussions with speakers and audience. In circular economy, it is important to understand that the end […]

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Multimodal In-situ Methods at the Materials Interface

By Elyse Schriber The symposia at the Molecular Foundry user meetings are always a fantastic way to end the user meeting as we get introduced to these large scale broad topics during the plenary sessions and then get an opportunity to focus on individual fields of interest. During the Multimodal In-situ Methods at the Materials […]

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Materials Selection in the Circular Economy: Choosing Safer Alternatives

By Francesca Toma A talk by Julie Schoenung, Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science at University of California, Irvine Prof. Schoenung talked about hazards and safety data sheets and the need of protect ourselves. Safety data sheets are self-reported and there exist concerns about how accurately companies report data. NIOSH is the […]

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