If you had a jar of marbles of many different colors but wanted only the green ones, how could you efficiently pick them out? What if it wasn’t marbles but a jar of glitter, and there was sand, glue, and mud mixed in? That begins to describe the complexity of the brine pumped out from beneath California’s Salton Sea as part of geothermal energy production.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Brookhaven and Idaho national laboratories and Stony Brook University have developed a novel approach to gain fundamental insights into molten salts, a heat transfer medium important to advanced energy technologies.
Could a tank of ice or hot water be a battery? Yes! If a battery is a device for storing energy, then storing hot or cold water to power a building’s heating or air-conditioning system is a different type of energy storage. Known as thermal energy storage, the technology has been around for a long time but has often been overlooked. Now scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are making a concerted push to take thermal energy storage to the next level.
ORNL scientists developed a scalable, low-cost electrochemical pulse method to improve the contact between layers of materials in solid-state batteries, resolving a key challenge in energy-dense solid-state batteries. Credit: Andy Sproles/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries, resolving one of the big challenges in the commercial development of safe, long-lived energy storage systems.
In 1998, researchers including Mark Kubinec of UC Berkeley performed one of the first simple quantum computations using individual molecules. They used pulses of radio waves to flip the spins of two nuclei in a molecule, with each spin’s “up” or “down” orientation storing information in the way that a “0” or “1” state stores information in a classical data bit. In those early days of quantum computers, the combined orientation of the two nuclei – that is, the molecule’s quantum state – could only be preserved for brief periods in specially tuned environments. In other words, the system quickly lost its coherence. Control over quantum coherence is the missing step to building scalable quantum computers.
Stacking extremely thin films of material on top of each other can create new materials with exciting new properties. But the most successful processes for building those stacks can be tedious and imperfect, and not well suited for large-scale production.
Now a team led by Stanford Professor Hemamala Karunadasa has created a much simpler and faster way to do it. They grew 2D layers of one of the most sought-after materials, known as perovskites, interleaved with thin layers of other materials in large crystals that assemble themselves.
Smartphones, laptops, and lighting applications rely on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to shine bright. But the brighter these LED technologies shine, the more inefficient they become, releasing more energy as heat instead of light.
Now, as reported in the journal Science, a team led by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley has demonstrated an approach for achieving near 100% light-emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Thanks to AI, we just got stunningly powerful tools to decode life.
In two back-to-back papers last week, scientists at DeepMind and the University of Washington described deep learning-based methods to solve protein folding—the last step of executing the programming in our DNA, and a “once in a generation advance.”
Nashua, New Hampshire – Pfeiffer Vacuum has introduced its new HiPace 80 Neo turbopump, which features a longer life before service and reduced vibration and noise emissions. These benefits are made possible with the new, advanced Laser Balancing™ system developed by Pfeiffer Vacuum for turbopump rotors. This patented technology, makes the vacuum pump particularly suitable for vibration-sensitive applications. Possible applications range from mass spectrometry and electron microscopy to leak detectors and RGA systems.
Intense short-pulse laser-driven production of bright high-energy sources, such as X-rays, neutrons and protons, has been shown to be an invaluable tool in the study of high energy density science.
In an effort to address some of the most challenging applications, such as X-ray radiography of high areal density objects for industrial and national security applications, both the yield and energy of the sources must be increased beyond what has currently been achieved by state-of-the-art high-intensity laser systems.
Jason Ryder is the first to tell you that the world is facing several crises. Most notably, we face a health crisis in the form of a global pandemic, as well as an ongoing climate crisis that threatens our environment and ecosystem. And as the world population continues to grow, we also face a food crisis as more and more people need access to better and more nutritious foods.
Tucson, AZ, 18 May 2021, Alicat Scientific is announcing the launch of its Fast Track program. As the pandemic continues to cause delays in shipments of raw materials and electronics packages, delivery times are increasing. To help address this issue, we are making a commitment to deliver select core product lines as quickly as possible.
All Fast Track products will be built to order and shipped within 5 days. Such Fast Track eligible products include our most popular mass flow meters and controllers ranging from 200 SCCM to 100 SLPM, with multiple options for electrical connectors and communication protocols.
East Syracuse, NY, USA — May 17, 2021: On April 30, 2021 INFICON Inc., a leading supplier of vacuum instrumentation and process control software to the semiconductor manufacturing industry acquired substantially all of the assets owned or used in connection with manufacturing of Fil-Tech® crystals. INFICON is now the manufacturer and distributor of Fil-Tech quartz crystals. The addition of Fil-Tech crystals to the INFICON crystal portfolio supports the INFICON vision to supply customers in vacuum coating, semiconductor, and display markets with the largest variety and highest quality crystals. INFICON will manufacture Fil-Tech crystals from its world class facilities in Overland Park, Kansas. The plant is ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 140001 certified.
A five-year quest to map the universe and unravel the mysteries of “dark energy” is beginning officially today, May 17, at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. To complete its quest, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will capture and study the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects in the universe.
DESI is an international science collaboration managed by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) with primary funding for construction and operations from DOE’s Office of Science.
Growth Driven by Critical Technology in Vacuum Products, especially RF Power and Remote Plasma
ANDOVER, Mass., April 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced significant market share gains across a number of product categories in 2020, as recently reported by VLSI, an independent research and analytics firm.
Despite our efforts to sort and recycle, less than 9% of plastic gets recycled in the U.S., and most ends up in landfill or the environment.
Biodegradable plastic bags and containers could help, but if they’re not properly sorted, they can contaminate otherwise recyclable #1 and #2 plastics. What’s worse, most biodegradable plastics take months to break down, and when they finally do, they form microplastics – tiny bits of plastic that can end up in oceans and animals’ bodies – including our own.
An international team working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) used a unique X-ray instrument to learn new things about lithium-rich battery materials that have been the subject of much study for their potential to extend the range of electric vehicles and the operation of electronic devices.
What’s thinner than thin? One answer is two-dimensional materials — exotic materials of science with length and width but only one or two atoms in thickness. They offer the possibility of unprecedented boosts in device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries and medical equipment.
It’s fair to say that before the COVID-19 pandemic, very few non-scientists could name a viral protein. But now, millions of people around the world can name the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and a subset of those could probably even draw a good likeness of the spike-covered virus from memory.
These nano-sized structures have received international attention because understanding how viral and immune system molecules look, at an atomic level, is the first step toward understanding how they function. And once we know how they function, we can develop vaccines and therapeutics.
Physicists studying collisions of gold ions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility for nuclear physics research at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, are embarking on a journey through the phases of nuclear matter – the stuff that makes up the nuclei of all the visible matter in our universe.
A multi-institutional team became the first to generate accurate results from materials science simulations on a quantum computer that can be verified with neutron scattering experiments and other practical techniques.
Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Purdue University and D-Wave Systems harnessed the power of quantum annealing, a form of quantum computing, by embedding an existing model into a quantum computer.
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, January 27, 2021 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced its decision to significantly expand its development efforts focused on regenerative medicine and bioprinting solutions. This decision was driven by the tremendous progress made in collaboration with United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) and its organ manufacturing and transplantation-focused subsidiary, Lung Biotechnology PBC, on the development of 3D printing systems for solid-organ scaffolds. Leveraging this work as well as accomplishments with additional partners, 3D Systems intends to invest, further develop, and commercialize solutions for the diverse application opportunities in regenerative medicine, including the development of non-solid organ applications requiring biologically sustainable vasculature.
Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are figuring out new ways to accelerate electrons to record-high energies over record-short distances with a technique that uses laser pulses and exotic matter known as a plasma. But measuring the properties of the high-energy electron beams produced in laser-plasma acceleration experiments has proven challenging, as the high-intensity laser must be diverted without disrupting the electron beam.
The COHERENT particle physics experiment at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has firmly established the existence of a new kind of neutrino interaction. Because neutrinos are electrically neutral and interact only weakly with matter, the quest to observe this interaction drove advances in detector technology and has added new information to theories aiming to explain mysteries of the cosmos.
A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a group of neutron stars.
First theorized in the 1970s as part of a solution to a fundamental particle physics problem, axions are expected to be produced at the core of stars, and to convert into particles of light, called photons, in the presence of a magnetic field.
Before DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, can begin its 5-year mission from an Arizona mountaintop to produce the largest 3D sky map yet, researchers first needed an even bigger 2D map of the universe.
The 2D map, pieced together from 200,000 telescope images and several years of satellite data, lacks information about galaxy distances, and DESI will supply this and provide other useful details by measuring the color signatures and “redshift” of galaxies and quasars in its survey. Objects’ redder colors provide telltale information about their distance from Earth and about how quickly they are moving away from us – and this phenomenon is known as redshift.
(Hoboken, N.J. – Dec. 17, 2020) -- Super-fast quantum computers and communication devices could revolutionize countless aspects of our lives — but first, researchers need a fast, efficient source of the entangled pairs of photons such systems use to transmit and manipulate information. Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have now done just that, creating a chip-based photon source 100 times more efficient than previously possible. The work brings massive quantum device integration within reach.
A viable quantum internet — a network in which information stored in qubits is shared over long distances through entanglement — would transform the fields of data storage, precision sensing and computing, ushering in a new era of communication.
This month, scientists at Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory, and their partners took a significant step in the direction of realizing a quantum internet.
SANTA CLARA, CA, — December 08, 2020 — Ferrotec (USA) Corporation, the US subsidiary of Ferrotec Holdings Corp., a global supplier of materials, components, and precision system solutions, today announced that it has purchased MeiVac Incorporated.
MeiVac brings more than 25 years of experience as an industry leader in providing high-quality thin-film manufacturing systems, components and process solutions. It is a multi-faceted supplier of standard and specialty vacuum processing systems and components used in multiple high technology production and development applications. MeiVac’s served markets include data storage, photonics, telecom and government/R&D, among others.
They come in three flavors and can transform among these different types as they travel. They pass through most matter undetected and uninterrupted. Tens of trillions of them are passing through your body in the time it takes to read this sentence. But don’t worry – they are harmless. They are produced by the sun, within the Earth, at nuclear reactors, by exploding stars, and by cosmic rays interacting with Earth’s atmosphere, among other sources.
This Anti-COVID Mask Breaks the Mold
Scientists from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed a rechargeable N95 mask with a custom fit
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In the fight against COVID-19, scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing an N95 quality-assessment test; a rechargeable, reusable, anti-COVID N95 mask; and a 3D-printable silicon-cast mask mold. (Credit: Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock)
In the early days of the pandemic, amidst all the uncertainty, one thing was for sure: N95 masks – the personal protective respiratory devices that filter out viruses, bacteria, and wildfire smoke – were in short supply. So when materials scientists Jeff Urban and Peter Hosemann heard that a local HMO needed advice on N95 alternatives, they immediately knew what to do: Make a better mask.
Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing.
Their approach could dramatically speed up the research and development phase for new biomanufacturing processes, and get cutting-edge bio-based products such as sustainable fuels and plastic alternatives on the shelves faster.
To better understand how the novel coronavirus behaves and how it can be stopped, scientists have completed a three-dimensional map that reveals the location of every atom in an enzyme molecule critical to SARS-CoV-2 reproduction.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering to identify key information to improve the effectiveness of drug inhibitors designed to block the virus’s replication mechanism. The research is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
In the search for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels, one promising solution relies on photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells – water-splitting, artificial-photosynthesis devices that turn sunlight and water into solar fuels such as hydrogen.
In just a decade, researchers in the field have achieved great progress in the development of PEC systems made of light-absorbing gold nanoparticles – tiny spheres just billionths of a meter in diameter – attached to a semiconductor film of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NP). But despite these advancements, researchers still struggle to make a device that can produce solar fuels on a commercial scale.
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2020-- Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) – a global leader in highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions – today introduces its new industry-leading Ascent® MS multi-output power supply system. Designed to enable the lowest system and infrastructure costs in the industry for solar photovoltaic (PV) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) systems, the Ascent MS builds on Advanced Energy’s long legacy of bringing power system innovation to the manufacturing of advanced solar cells.
If you’ve eaten vegan burgers that taste like meat or used synthetic collagen in your beauty routine – both products that are “grown” in the lab – then you’ve benefited from synthetic biology. It’s a field rife with potential, as it allows scientists to design biological systems to specification, such as engineering a microbe to produce a cancer-fighting agent. Yet conventional methods of bioengineering are slow and laborious, with trial and error being the main approach.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Department of Energy officials dedicated the launch of two clean energy research initiatives that focus on the recycling and recovery of advanced manufacturing materials and on connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Daniel R Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined Moe Khaleel, ORNL’s deputy for projects, for ribbon cutting events at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and the National Transportation Research Center.
Experts at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are now offering short-term technical and scientific assistance to entities working to combat the coronavirus through the COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program, or CTAP, an initiative of DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions.
CTAP provides targeted funding to ORNL and other national laboratories to enable laboratory staff to assist United States-based institutions facing challenging technical hurdles as they seek solutions to the pandemic. The program creates a pathway for ORNL to offer technical services, analysis, testing and consulting on external projects related to COVID-19.
To tune the band gap, a key parameter in controlling the electrical conductivity and optical properties of semiconductors, researchers typically engineer alloys, a process in which two or more materials are combined to achieve properties that otherwise could not be achieved by a pristine material.
But engineering band gaps of conventional semiconductors via alloying has often been a guessing game, because scientists have not had a technique to directly “see” whether the alloy’s atoms are arranged in a specific pattern, or randomly dispersed.
Record drought and heat have some farmers worried about where and when crops can be grown in the future, even in California where unprecedented microclimate diversity creates ideal growing conditions for many of the most popular items in America’s grocery stores. A third of the vegetables and two-thirds of fruits and nuts consumed by Americans are now grown on more than 76,000 farms across the state, yet 20 years from now certain California regions may simply become too hot and dry for continued production.
A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a novel, integrated approach to track energy-transporting ions within an ultra-thin material, which could unlock its energy storage potential leading toward faster charging, longer-lasting devices.
Scientists have for a decade studied the energy-storing possibilities of an emerging class of two-dimensional materials – those constructed in layers that are only a few atoms thick – called MXenes, pronounced “max-eens.”
WILLISTON, FL – August 11, 2020 – Tom Bogdan joins the high vacuum product manufacturer, ANCORP (www.ancorp.com), as Vice President of Business Development. Tom brings over 32 years of experience in the vacuum industry to ANCORP, and he most recently served as the VP of Sales and Marketing at MDC Vacuum Products. While at MDC, Tom oversaw the sales objectives of all divisions within the company and, over the last several years, helped increase top-line sales by more than fifty percent. His extensive knowledge of the vacuum industry and strong background in fabrication makes him uniquely qualified to serve and support ANCORP’s growing customer base.
Telemark's New Model 862 Deposition Controller builds on the success of the model 861 controller and the 851 monitor, by adding co-deposition, crystal averaging and a larger screen. Developing advanced coatings has never been easier with the 862 co-deposition control, with functionality for crystal averaging for up to four sensors at one time. Using proven, innovative crystal oscillator design to provide outstanding stability and noise immunity, the Model 862 operates with either 5 MHz or 6 MHz crystals. The 862 includes an extensive library of over 300 materials and allows for user definable materials. The easy to read Color LCD touch screen for graphical and numerical display has an intuitive and user-friendly operator interface. The Touch screen capabilities include In-process parameter modifications; Process and Layer editors; I/O status and control.
After its long journey to Mars beginning this summer, NASA’s Perseverance rover will be powered across the planet’s surface in part by plutonium produced at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“Mars 2020 will be the first NASA mission that uses ORNL-produced plutonium-238,” said Alan Icenhour, associate laboratory director for nuclear science and engineering at ORNL. “This accomplishment represents countless hours of work by dedicated ORNL staff, and it’s rewarding to see this work come to fruition. Helping NASA in its mission to Mars is a significant moment in the history of the lab.”
Pfeiffer Vacuum has been setting standards in vacuum technology for 130 years. Science and industry have benefited equally from the numerous innovations developed and successfully brought to the market by this long-established company. The best example of this is the turbomolecular pump, which was developed by the company in 1958 and has been indispensable in the market ever since. Thanks to its expertise, Pfeiffer Vacuum is still the world market and technology leader in this field.
If you want to research historical events for a college essay, learn about tropical fish, or even translate text into a different language, you can type keywords into an internet search engine and get almost instant results drawn from diverse, international sources on that subject.
Unfortunately, it’s not so easy for the scientist trying to find solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though researchers across the world have already amassed a wealth of information about the disease and continue to reveal new insights every day, this valuable data is stored in different digital libraries, organized in different structures, and written with different jargon. To get the most out of our collective COVID-19 knowledge, someone needs to collect it all in one place.
And that’s precisely what a team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is doing. Under a special project launched in May, computing and bioinformatics experts are working together to develop a platform that consolidates disparate COVID-19 data sources and uses the unified library to make predictions – about potential drug targets, for example.
Even an underground experiment 4,600 feet below a mountain in Central Italy, and a telescope instrument more than a mile high atop an Arizona mountaintop could not escape the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the virus spread around the world, many laboratories and experiment sites entered a period of partial shutdown and imposed restrictions on site access. Berkeley Lab researchers participating in international science collaborations quickly transitioned to working from home, in some cases with a shift in duties.
A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used a simple process to implant atoms precisely into the top layers of ultra-thin crystals, yielding two-sided structures with different chemical compositions. The resulting materials, known as Janus structures after the two-faced Roman god, may prove useful in developing energy and information technologies.
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed a novel method to 3D print components used in neutron instruments for scientific research to the ExOne Company, a leading maker of binder jet 3D printing technology.
A long-time collaborator with ORNL, ExOne will leverage the lab’s world-class expertise in additive manufacturing, materials and neutron science to further develop the patent-pending technique to 3D print collimators using a lightweight, metal-infused composite that is ideal for neutron scattering instruments.
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched a program designed to accelerate deployment of innovations that may help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Rapid Access Licensing Program will allow companies to license these select technologies at no cost for one year.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 12, 2020 — For the second year in a row, a team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories led a demonstration hosted by EPB, a community-based utility and telecommunications company serving Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Using an isolated portion of EPB’s fiber-optic network, the team experimented with quantum-based technologies that could improve the cybersecurity, longevity and efficiency of the nation’s power grid. Among other successes, the researchers drastically increased the range that these resources can cover in collaboration with their new industry partner, Qubitekk.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exhaust supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Atlas Copco Comptec LLC, an entity of the Gas and Process Division, is supporting its local first responders by using the facility’s 3D printer to create face masks and face shields.
From next-gen smartphones to longer-range electric cars and an improved power grid, better batteries are driving tech innovation. And to push batteries beyond their present-day performance, researchers want to see “under the hood” to learn how the individual ingredients of battery materials behave beneath the surface.
This could ultimately lead to battery improvements such as increased capacity and voltage.
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, April 1, 2020 - VAT Incorporated, the leading global developer, manufacturer and supplier of high-end vacuum valves is pleased to announce a partnership with Ancorp effective April 1 2020. This partnership is focused on providing superior value to the general vacuum market by offering domestic vacuum users fast shipping on select stocked valves directly from ANCORP’s facility in Florida.
April 15, 2020 — In the race to identify solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the fight by applying expertise in computational science, advanced manufacturing, data science and neutron science.
Research and mission support are proceeding at ORNL, both onsite and as roughly two-thirds of staff members work from home to maximize social distancing. ORNL is providing remote access to its world-leading supercomputing and neutron facilities for researchers around the world to conduct critical scientific studies on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Traditionally, companies can only be sustainable if they are innovative. The vacuum specialist Leybold succeeded with its combination of tradition and innovation over the course of its history. With this in mind, Leybold is proud to honor this important milestone by celebrating its 170th birthday in 2020.
Since its founding in 2010, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) has made significant progress in the pursuit of a sustainable energy industry that converts sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into renewable transportation fuels. JCAP is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation Hub led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and based partly at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2020 — Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee achieved a rare look at the inner workings of polymer self-assembly at an oil-water interface to advance materials for neuromorphic computing and bio-inspired technologies.
Results published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society provide new insights on the way molecules pack and order themselves into “tunable” interfaces, monolayer thick surfaces with structures that can be modified for specific functionalities.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2020 — Thomas Kurfess, chief manufacturing officer and senior distinguished scientist for manufacturing at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineers for his contributions to innovative digital manufacturing technologies and system architectures.
Andover, Mass., – February 11, 2020 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced the release of its next generation Series 49UL Thermal Management System for Semiconductor, Analytic and Advanced markets.
Uzwil (Switzerland), February 11, 2020 – At the end of January 2020, Bühler’s information security management system has been certified with the most respected cyber security standard: ISO 27001:2013. With this certification, Bühler showcases how important information security is for the company. ISO 27001 protects key areas such as internal business IT, the automation solution Mercury MES, the Bühler Insights platform, and the myBühler customer portal. “Today, over 85 % of our solutions can be connected to Bühler Insights. We want to show our customers that their data is as secure with us as it is currently possible. Digital services from Bühler conform to the highest possible security standards,” says Stuart Bashford, Digital Officer at Bühler Group.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2020 — An international team of researchers has discovered the hydrogen atoms in a metal hydride material are much more tightly spaced than had been predicted for decades — a feature that could possibly facilitate superconductivity at or near room temperature and pressure.
Such a superconducting material, carrying electricity without any energy loss due to resistance, would revolutionize energy efficiency in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications.
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced two new models of turbomolecular pumps to their innovative TwisTorr turbo pump range, both with a more compact design and smart capabilities.
The Agilent TwisTorr 305 FS and TwisTorr 305 IC pumps both come with smart connectivity, a new feature for Agilent turbomolecular pumps. An app called Vacuum Link, which can be installed on Apple or Android phones, enables users to communicate remotely with the pump, so they can quickly and easily type commands and modify parameters, to control the pump.
EDWARDS VACUUM has combined its years of comprehensive know-how and innovative technical expertise to develop a revolutionary range of new liquid ring pumps – the ELRi series. Megha Ajmal, Product Manager for Rough Vacuum products commented “Made for applications which are wet, humid as well as corrosive, this product offers a range of features and benefits that will distinguish itself from other competitor pumps in the market. From the ability to optimise processes to save energy, ELRi complements our range of solutions we offer for the industrial and rough vacuum markets”.
Sierra Instruments, global leader in mass flow, announces the launch of their RedySmart™ mass flow meters and controllers ideal for BioPharm OEMS. Sierra also announces RedyCompact™ flow meters and regulators as an ideal upgrade to antiquated rotameters. These thermal instruments employ high-precision MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) technology utilizing an advanced, ultra-stable no-drift CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Because of the inherent stability of the thermal sensor design, Sierra offers a unique “Lifetime No-Drift Warranty” on the sensor. This offers a huge advantage in OEM applications where long-term stability is key.
Vacuum technology specialist, Leybold, has developed two new online tools to assist customer’s pump choice and layout of complete vacuum systems: The Pump Finder and the calculation tool LEYCALC. With these new web-based tools, users can select and build their vacuum solutions online. They are designed to be used for two different use cases: The homepage https://calc.leybold.com/en/lp leads to both the Pump Finder and LEYCALC, the vacuum system calculation tool. Users with vacuum know-how can use LEYCALC to calculate the behavior and performance of vacuum systems in detail. The Pump Finder guides even beginners to suitable products by a questionnaire.
The Northern California Chapter of the American Vacuum Society will convene its 2020 Technical Symposium around the topical theme of "The Quantum World." The Symposium will focus on technologies that include, but are not limited to, manipulating or taking advantage of quantum effects in these areas:
Semiconductor device physics, transistors, etc. especially nano-structures
Photovoltaics, photon energy conversion, plasmonics
Chemistry, nuclear physics, unconventional bits of general engineering, etc.
Advanced information transmission & computation e.g. Quantum Computing
Nanophotonics and topological quantum photonics
Quantum dot display technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 2, 2020—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers.
Their findings were published in npj Quantum Information.
Quantum computers use the laws of quantum mechanics and units known as qubits to greatly increase the threshold at which information can be transmitted and processed. Whereas traditional “bits” have a value of either 0 or 1, qubits are encoded with values of both 0 and 1, or any combination thereof, allowing for a vast number of possibilities for storing data.
Atlas Copco is today announcing to the U.S. market the launch of three new intelligent VSD+ vacuum pumps. The DZS 100 - 400 VSD+ series pumps are a range of air-cooled, oil-free claw pumps made for particularly harsh applications. They come with built-in variable speed drive (VSD) and can be controlled remotely by the new VSD+ App.
Kanagawa, Japan – November 25th, 2019 – ULVAC, Inc. (ULVAC), headquartered in Kanagawa, Japan and lead by CEO Setsuo Iwashita and SILEX Microsystems AB (Silex), headquartered in Järfälla, Sweden and lead by CEO Edvard Kälvesten, today announced they have signed an agreement to develop a production thin film piezoelectric process (PZT) for MEMS actuators and sensors with cutting edge performance and reliability.
Inspired by the enormous unmet needs of people with rare diseases, a group of scientists from across the globe has teamed up to develop open-access tools and resources for sharing disease characteristics and treatment information. The research is centered around an artificial intelligence-enabled catalog of disease descriptions called Mondo, which, like a Wikipedia for rare diseases, can be added to and improved by the scientific and medical community.
As scientists study approaches to best sustain a fusion reactor, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigated injecting shattered argon pellets into a super-hot plasma, when needed, to protect the reactor’s interior wall from high-energy runaway electrons. Other pellet materials, frozen from room-temperature gasses, have successfully reduced the plasma’s thermal energy, but argon was most effective at runaway electron dissipation. Using fuel pellet injection technology – which literally shoots cryogenic pellets of fuel into the plasma to raise its density – the team used an injector optimized for argon during a series of tests at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. “Now that we have demonstrated argon’s effectiveness, our next step is to determine how many pellets and pellet injectors are needed for a solution that’s applicable,” said ORNL’s Larry Baylor. This research may be scaled up for possible application on ITER, the international experimental reactor.
Redwood City, CA. – For immediate release – XEI Scientific Inc. Receives US Patent 10,486,236 for a Plasma Device with an External RF Hollow Cathode for Plasma Cleaning of High Vacuum Systems used in Evactron® E-50 model and U50 model plasma cleaners. The Evactron E50 model was introduced in 2017 and is now XEI‘s most popular in-situ downstream plasma cleaner for SEMs, with its easy plasma ignition directly from high vacuum using the “POP” ignition process developed by XEI Scientific. The design places the electrode outside the plasma to eliminate particulate production. This efficient hollow cathode plasma radical source is able to operate with 50 Watts of RF power to generate plasma rather than heat and plasma as in ICP-type plasma cleaners.
Onto Innovation Inc. (NYSE: ONTO) today announced the successful completion on October 25, 2019 of the previously announced merger of equals between Nanometrics Incorporated and Rudolph Technologies, Inc. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Onto Innovation is expected to be the fourth largest semiconductor capital equipment supplier by revenue in the U.S. and a top 15 semiconductor equipment company by revenue worldwide, based on Gartner’s most recent semiconductor wafer fab equipment market share report, released in April 2019.
MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced the release of its next generation C-Series Mass Flow Controllers.
The C-Series Mass Flow Controller uses Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology combined with a fast-acting control valve and MKS’ proprietary algorithms resulting in an ultra-fast control time of less than 100 milliseconds. Designed for use with non-corrosive gases and accommodating a wide flow range from 50sscm to 50slm, the C-Series is ideal for many advanced markets that require high-precision flow control including, but not limited to, Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Industrial applications. “By leveraging MEMS technology, we provide the optimum solution for critical process applications requiring precise gas flow control under the most demanding conditions across multiple industries,” said Michael Patterson, General Manager of Flow Solutions Products.
The New York and Tel Aviv based startup Dynamic Infrastructure is implementing the world’s first deep-learning solution which allows bridge and tunnel owners and operators to obtain visual diagnosis of the assets they manage. The system provides live, cloud-based, 3D views of the bridge or tunnel and automatically alerts when changes are detected in maintenance and operation conditions - before the issues evolve into large-scale failures.
NEW! The Teleshake 95 heater/shaker module is now available for use with the BRAND Liquid Handling Station pipetting robots. The heater/shaker module can be heated up to 90°C depending on the labware material. It can also be used to shake samples with rotation speeds from 100 rpm to 1900 rpm. The heater and shaker is compatible with microplates, PCR plates, strips, and tubes, and some low profile reservoirs and polypropylene plates. Adapter plates are available for optimum heat transfer and secure hold in the Teleshake 95 for different consumables. Visit www.brandtech.com for details.
Deep learning has emerged as the most important computational workload of our generation. Tasks that historically were the sole domain of humans are now routinely performed by computers at human or superhuman levels.
Deep learning is also profoundly computationally intensive. A recent report by OpenAI showed that, between 2012 and 2018, the compute used to train the largest models increased by 300,000X. In other words, AI computing is growing 25,000X faster than Moore’s law at its peak.
VON ARDENNE will be presenting at IAA 2019 (new mobility world) its latest thin film coating solutions for new mobility such as:
*. PV for solar factories or car integration
*. Carbon Coatings for Lithium-ion Batteries and fuel cells to improve the performance and low production costs
*. Glass coating for wind shields and roof tops for saving energy and increasing comfort
*. Coatings for car displays (anti reflective, easy-to-clean) or head up displays
*. Coatings for Sensor technologies for the automotive industry (LIDAR-for distance and speed control to enable autonomous driving) or facial recognition for safety
Coraopolis, PA ... September 12, 2019 ... In keeping with the increasing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, Goodfellow is pleased to announce a major expansion of their range of PLA granules. The extended range includes a variety of differing melt flow rate (MFR) materials suitable for extrusion and injection molding. For customers, the addition of these new grades enhances the Goodfellow green materials range and extends the options available for biodegradable polymers.
4Wave’s Cluster Tool is the premier Semiconductor Sputtering System. The platform incorporates the most advanced engineering for performance and uptime. It is fully computer controlled featuring advanced wafer scheduling and Wafer LOT management. The 4Wave Cluster Tool has the highest performance in markets including EUV, Infrared MEMS, Thin film optics, Semiconductor and Data Storage .
MV Vacuum Inlet Traps for ALD Processes utilize replaceable filter elements including stainless steel gauze, micron-rated polypropylene, activated alumina or charcoal, Sodasorb®, and other types to remove residual solvent vapor acids and particulates. Fully customizable by the user, they are offered in sizes for use in R/D laboratories and production facilities.
Edwards Vacuum headquarters renderingEdwards Vacuum, a global leader in semiconductor vacuum and abatement solutions, has completed and opened its new high-tech innovation and manufacturing center in Hillsboro.
The 75,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve as the North American semiconductor headquarters for the U.K.-based firm, creating 100 new high-tech jobs.
The Science in Video (SciVid) competition for 2019, open to everyone passionate about Materials Science and Engineering, has been announced by co-sponsors Goodfellow, the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute of Drexel University and the Materials Research Foundation. Winners will be announced at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, but membership in the Materials Research Society (MRS) or attendance at the meeting is not required.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 1, 2019 – Quantum Design International (QDI) announces the appointment of Angstrom Scientific Inc., as the North American distributor for the Quantum Design/GETec AFSEM, an AFM designed to provide in-situ studies in a variety of existing host systems such as scanning electron microscopes. It features an AFM module that uses self-sensing cantilevers to provide correlative analysis in SEM or Dualbeam (SEM/FIB) microscopes. QDI recently announced its acquisition of GETec, an Austrian company specializing in atomic force microscopy (AFM) instrumentation.
HORIBA Scientific, global leader in fluorescence instrumentation and other spectroscopy solutions, is proud to announce that our fluorescence and TCSPC products are the subject of a complete chapter in a new book, ‘Fluorescence in Industry,’ one of a series of books put out by Springer.
The series focusses on the field of fluorescence and the practical applications that are on the forefront of the technology, including analytical, biomedical, molecular sciences, etc.
MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) introduces its Spectra-Physics® IceFyre® 355-50, a high power, industrial UV picosecond hybrid fiber laser with industry-leading performance and versatility and low cost-of-ownership. Delivering >50 W UV power, ultrashort pulses, and highest power at repetition rates up to 10 MHz, the laser is ideal for high throughput, high quality micromachining in 24/7 production lines.
Atlas Copco has acquired the operating assets of Taylor Air Center, a division of Vallen Distribution Inc. The company has around 20 employees and is located within the densely populated Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania in the US.
AMETEK EDAX, Inc., a leader in X-ray microanalysis and electron diffraction instrumentation, has added a new 160 mm2 detector to its Elite T Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) System for Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM).
A team led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explored how atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) crystals can grow over 3D objects and how the curvature of those objects can stretch and strain the crystals. The findings, published in Science Advances, point to a strategy for engineering strain directly during the growth of atomically thin crystals to fabricate single photon emitters for quantum information processing.
Dynavac is pleased to announce that it was named 2019 Subcontractor of the Year for Region 1, New England by the Small Business Administration (SBA). This coveted accolade is awarded to small businesses that have provided the government and industry with exceptional goods and services as subcontractors. The nomination for the award was made by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory in recognition of Dynavac’s contributions in expanding their environmental test capabilities.
Palomar Technologies, a global leader in total process solutions for advanced photonics and microelectronic device packaging, announced that SST Vacuum Reflow Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Palomar Technologies, has launched the SST 8300 Series Automated Vacuum Pressure Soldering System. The series, consisting of single and triple chamber systems provides a highly reliable solder connection with a better than industry standard void rate – a key to delivering high-reliability power modules for automotive and commercial applications.
Leybold presents its innovative vacuum portfolio at the international trade fair for the meat industry IFFA in Frankfurt am Main from 04 to 09 May 2019 in hall 11, booth A41. The new NOVADRY vacuum pump series will be the focus of the presentation. The completely newly developed, oil-free screw vacuum pump ensures significantly greater safety and efficiency in food and packaging processes.
Mass-Vac, Inc. has introduced a new portable degas system that eliminates that need for permanently installed devices and pulls a 29” Hg vacuum with full contents viewing.
Goodfellow is pleased to announce the addition of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) to its line of boron nitride products. Although similar to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in features including light weight, mechanical strength and stability, some properties of BNNTs are distinctly different.
At the COMVAC 1st – 5th April, Hannover Fair, Leybold presents its vacuum technologies for industrial processing. The efficient, innovative solutions of the vacuum supplier are used worldwide. In a wide variety of applications, the pumps, systems and measuring devices of this long-established company make a significant contribution to sustainable and competitive products and processes in the industry.
The 18th annual Lab Design Conference—April 29-May 1, 2019—is the only educational event of its kind to provide an in-depth dynamic educational program that delivers cutting-edge information about lab design, engineering and construction.
ReactWell, LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production.
ReactWell will bring ORNL's electrochemical process (https://www.ornl.gov/news/nano-spike-catalysts-convert-carbon-dioxide-directly-ethanol), which converts carbon dioxide directly into ethanol, into the company's existing conversion solution known as the ReactWell process.
Scientists have found a new way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Materials Today.
Atlas Copco Compressors has announced its acquisition of Appleton Compressor Service & Supply, Inc. (Appleton). Appleton offers a wide range of equipment, including air compressors, vacuum pumps and air treatment equipment. As a long-established distributor of Atlas Copco, the company specializes in air installations and associated services.
A new cannabis distillation and drying system for producing edible and oil products with varying strains of THC and CBD that is tailored to customer requirements is being introduced by Mass-Vac, Inc. of North Billerica, MA.
For some decades now, VON ARDENNE has been a leading company in industrial large-area coating using innovative PVD methods. Based on this expertise in the deposition of extremely thin layers, the German high-tech company has identified different approaches along the production chain of lithium-ion batteries to considerably improve their performance and cost-efficiency by functionalizing cell component surfaces.
Scientists have tested a novel heat-shielding graphite foam, originally created at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at Germany’s Wendlestein 7-X stellarator with promising results for use in plasma-facing components of fusion reactors.
Atlas Copco's Industrial Vacuum division have launched the DHS 065-200 VSD+ dry screw vacuum pump offering lower lifecycle costs, higher productivity, less energy consumption and easy maintenance.
SPECTRO Analytical Instruments has introduced its new SPECTROGREEN inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) analyzer, debuting its new revolutionary Dual Side-On Interface (DSOI) technology that achieves twice the sensitivity of conventional radial-plasma-view instruments, at an affordable price/performance ratio.
Pfeiffer Vacuum is presenting extremely high compression models with its new HiPace 700 H turbopumps. With a compression ratio of ≥ 2·107 for hydrogen, they are suitable for generating high and ultra high vacuum.
A professor in Virginia Tech's College of Science wants to power planes and cars using energy stored in their exterior shells. He may have discovered a path toward that vision using porous carbon fibers made from what's known as block copolymers.
A new electron microscopy technique that detects the subtle changes in the weight of proteins at the nanoscale—while keeping the sample intact—could open a new pathway for deeper, more comprehensive studies of the basic building blocks of life.
ULVAC Technologies, Inc. (www.ulvac.com) has introduced the LS series of dry screw pumps as a high performance, more compact and lower cost replacement to multi-stage dry Roots pumps for a wide range of vacuum applications.
A high-capacity vacuum pump inlet-exhaust trap for collecting the heavy particulates associated with semiconductor manufacturing processes is available from Mass-Vac, Inc.
A research team led by Alessandra Lanzara, a faculty scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and a Charles Kittel Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, using a unique detector to measure samples of an exotic cuprate superconductor, Bi-2212 (bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide), with a powerful technique called SARPES (spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy), uncovered something that defied everything they had ever known about superconductors: a distinct pattern of electron spins within the material.
SCI Engineered Materials, Inc.a global supplier and manufacturer of advanced materials for physical vapor deposition thin film applications that works closely with end users and OEMs to develop innovative,customized solutions, today announced plans to begin manufacturing thin film solar products in China beginning approximately mid-year 2019.
Goodfellow is pleased to announce a major expansion of their range of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) materials.
Ramamoorthy Ramesh, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientist in the Materials Sciences Division, leads a major Lab research initiative called “Beyond Moore’s Law,” which aims to develop next-generation microelectronics and computing architectures
Pfeiffer Vacuum, one of the world's leading providers of high-tech vacuum solutions for the semiconductor, industrial, coating, analytical and R&D markets, opened up a new 27,000 square foot building in Nashua, NH, on October 25.
With the new Pascal 2021 HW, Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces a two-stage rotary vane pump with the highest vapor capacity in its class.