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Sandia researchers first to measure thermoelectric behavior by ‘Tinkertoy’ materials

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications as cooling computer chips and cameras and energy harvesting. “These results introduce MOFs as a new class of thermoelectric […]

Optical diagnostics researcher at Sandia wins DOE Early Career award

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Christopher Kliewer has won a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science for his fundamental science proposal to develop new optical diagnostic tools to study interfacial combustion interactions that are major sources of pollution and vehicle inefficiency. Kliewer’s […]

Sandia mathematician named 2015 SIAM fellow

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories mathematician Tamara G. Kolda has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Kolda is one of 31 members selected for fellow status this year and the third Sandia scientist to earn the honor. Bruce Hendrickson and Pavel Bochev were named fellows in 2012. […]

Twistact and Optimization of Building Efficiency projects chosen for DOE’s LabCorps

Sandia and LLNL teams will receive funding for commercialization plans and entrepreneurial training LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories’ Twistact and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Optimization of Building Efficiency projects were selected today as the Livermore Valley Site’s participants in the Energy Department’s LabCorps pilot program. “This program underscores the value of the partnership […]

Sandia showcases biology breakthroughs available for licensing

LIVERMORE, Calif.—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 […]

Explosive Destruction System begins first stockpile project

Unit will lead destruction of munitions at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot LIVERMORE, Calif. — This week the Explosive Destruction System (EDS), designed by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Army, began safely destroying stockpile chemical munitions. The project to destroy 560 chemical munitions at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado with […]

Geophysicist Marianne Walck named vice president of Sandia’s California laboratory

New role includes leadership of Energy and Climate program LIVERMORE, Calif.—Sandia National Laboratories has appointed Marianne Walck vice president of Sandia’s California laboratory. She replaces Steve Rottler, who will become the deputy director and executive vice president for National Security Programs. Both changes are effective March 6. “I am pleased to welcome Marianne to Sandia’s […]

Sandia finds shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets

LIVERMORE, Calif.—Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The report, from a workshop last fall supported by the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies and […]

Direct measurement of key molecule will increase accuracy of combustion models

LIVERMORE, Calif. — 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. This breakthrough has generated data on QOOH reaction rates and outcomes that will improve the […]

Two Sandia leaders elected AAAS Fellows

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Gil Herrera and Steve Rottler, two key members of Sandia National Laboratories’ senior leadership team, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Herrera, director of Sandia’s Microsystems Science, Technology and Components Center and head of […]

MINER shines in urban emergency response exercise

Mobile imager of fast neutrons spots radiation source at a distance and through shielding LIVERMORE, Calif. — A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn’t safe to search door-to-door. Can they […]

Sandia researchers find clues to superbug evolution

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Imagine going to the hospital with one disease and coming home with something much worse, or not coming home at all. With the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistance pathogens, healthcare-associated infections have become a serious threat. On any given day about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one such infection […]

Sandia report draws lessons learned from ‘perfect heists’ for national security

LIVERMORE, Calif. — In 2003, the unthinkable happened at Belgium’s Antwerp Diamond Center. Thieves broke into its reputedly impenetrable vault and made off with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds, gold, cash and other valuables. Through years of meticulous planning, they got past police officers less than 200 feet away, access controls into […]

High school girls honored for math, science achievements

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories’ California site recently presented its annual Math and Science Awards to 27 girls from area high schools, celebrating their academic accomplishments and potential. “For more than two decades, Sandia has recognized young women from various public schools for academic excellence,” said the vice president of Sandia’s California site, Steve […]

Sandia chemist Mitch Anstey to illuminate the Smithsonian Future Is Here Festival

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chemist Mitch Anstey of Sandia National Laboratories will join Patrick Stewart, George Takei, Brian Greene, Sara Seager and other notable minds from the galaxy of science and science fiction at Smithsonian Magazine’s The Future Is Here Festival on May 16-18 in Washington, D.C. Anstey’s talk, “Let’s Make Light of the Situation,” will […]