Public Release: 7-Oct-2015
Nature Communications Dirt-cheap catalyst may lower fuel costs for hydrogen-powered cars
Bringing closer a mass market for hydrogen-powered cars, Sandia researchers are upgrading $0.37/gram molybdenum disulfide, 'molly' for short, to take the place of $1,500/gram catalyst platinum. Unlike gasoline, hydrogen as fuel releases water, not carbon, into the air.
DOE/Office of Science
Public Release: 13-Aug-2015 Sandia teams with industry to improve human-data interaction
Sandia National Laboratories and EyeTracking Inc. are researching computer information systems to make national security analysts better at getting meaningful information from large data sets coming in quickly in high-stress environments.
Public Release: 7-Aug-2015 Warning Area in Arctic airspace to aid research and exploration
A 700-mile-long, 40-mile-wide airspace that stretches north from Alaska nearly to the North Pole has been put under the stewardship of Sandia National Laboratories to create safer conditions for climate studies of clouds, retreating sea ice, and search-and-rescue missions. Initial participants include the Coast Guard, a major oil company, and unmanned aircraft manufacturers.
US Department of Energy, Office of Science
Public Release: 28-Jul-2015 Red and White Fleet going green
Sandia National Laboratories recently signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Red and White Fleet to design, build and operate a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell passenger ferry and hydrogen refueling station.
United States Department of Transportation Maritime Administration
Public Release: 29-Jun-2015 Sandia's Z machine receives funding aimed at fusion energy
To hasten the day of low-cost, high-yield fusion reactions for energy purposes, a $3.8 million ARPA-E grant to Sandia National Labs and the U of Rochester will help smooth laser beams to increase output of a promising Sandia fusion technique called MagLIF.
DOE/Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy
Public Release: 28-May-2015 RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project
RAPTOR, a turbulent combustion code developed by Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Joseph Oefelein, was selected as one of 13 partnership projects for the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR). CAAR is a US Department of Energy program located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility focused on optimizing computer codes for the next generation of supercomputers.
Public Release: 20-May-2015
Advanced Materials Sandia researchers first to measure thermoelectric behavior by 'Tinkertoy' materials
Sandia National Laboratories researchers have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework, a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications as cooling computer chips and cameras and energy harvesting. The results were published in 'Thin Film Thermoelectric Metal-Organic Framework with High Seebeck Coefficient and Low Thermal Conductivity,' which appeared April 28 online in Advanced Materials.
Public Release: 13-May-2015
Blood Starving cancer cells instead of feeding them poison
An enzyme-drug that prevents the essential nutrient asparagine from reaching cancer cells seem an effective way to kill them, but that enzyme-drug also does away with the nutrient glutamine that all cells need. Now a simulation has directed the mutation of the enzyme so that, in wet labs, it left normal cells unharmed in Petri dishes and cancer cells dead in test tubes. Lab tests are underway with mice. If successful, human tests are next.
Sandia National Laboratories' Laboratory-Directed Research and Development
Public Release: 22-Apr-2015
Nano Letters Phonons, arise!
The creation of devices to control phonons -- elusive atomic vibrations that transport heat energy in solids at speeds up to the speed of sound -- has taken a step forward when researchers successfully altered the thermal conductivity of a widely used commercial material, using only a simple nine-volt battery.
Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation
Public Release: 26-Mar-2015 MESA complex starts largest production series in its history
Sandia National Laboratories has begun making silicon wafers for three nuclear weapon modernization programs, the largest production series in the history of its Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications complex.
Public Release: 19-Mar-2015 Explosive Destruction System begins first stockpile project
This week the Explosive Destruction System (EDS), designed by Sandia National Laboratories for the US Army, began safely destroying stockpile chemical munitions. The project to destroy 560 chemical munitions at the US Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado with EDS is a prelude to a much larger operation to destroy the stockpile of 780,000 munitions containing 2,600 tons of mustard agent, stored at the Pueblo depot since the 1950s.
Public Release: 19-Mar-2015 Sandia showcases biology breakthroughs available for licensing
Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories' biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors' offices -- devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a drop of blood for 64 different diseases in minutes. At a recent seminar for potential investors and licensees, part of the Sandia Technology Showcase series, Sandia bioscientists presented eight ready-to-license technologies in three key areas: medical diagnostics, biosurveillance and therapeutics and drug discovery.
Public Release: 18-Mar-2015
Nature Geoscience Iron rain fell on early Earth, new Z machine data supports
Physical tests at Sandia's Z machine reveal that, at pressures rivaling those when worlds collide, iron vaporizes at far lower pressures than assumed by theoreticians, explaining why the element is distributed in Earth's mantle rather than collected at its core.
National Nuclear Security Administration
Public Release: 5-Feb-2015
Science Direct measurement of key molecule will increase accuracy of combustion models
Sandia National Laboratories researchers are the first to directly measure hydroperoxyalkyl radicals -- a class of reactive molecules denoted as 'QOOH' -- that are key in the chain of reactions that controls the early stages of combustion. A paper describing the work, performed by David Osborn, Ewa Papajak, John Savee, Craig Taatjes and Judit Zádor at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility, is featured in the Feb. 6 edition of Science.
US Department of Energy
Public Release: 6-Jan-2015
Nature 'Iron Sun' is not a rock band, but a key to how stars transmit energy
Creating the conditions of the sun, researchers for the first time have been able to experimentally revise figures used by theorists to define iron's key role in passing sunlight from the sun's core to its radiative surface.
National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE Office of Science
Public Release: 23-Dec-2014
Science Breakthrough in predictions of pressure-dependent combustion chemical reactions
Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates. It's an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to benefit auto and engine manufacturers, oil and gas utilities and other industries that employ combustion models.
Department of Energy's Office of Science
Public Release: 17-Dec-2014 Getting bot responders into shape
Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. Through a project supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Sandia is developing technology that will dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots, helping them operate for long periods while performing the types of locomotion most relevant to disaster response scenarios.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Public Release: 17-Dec-2014 Linde, Sandia partnership looks to expand hydrogen fueling network
Sandia National Laboratories and industrial gas giant Linde LLC have signed an umbrella Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that is expected to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning with hydrogen and fuel cells.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.