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Magnetic mixing creates quite a stir
October 27, 2009

Sandia researchers have developed a process that can mix tiny volumes of liquid, even in complicated spaces. Researchers currently use all types of processes to try and create mixing, with only “mixed” success. “In small devices,” says Sandia materials scientist Jim Martin “people have tried all kinds of pillars and mixing cells to initiate mixing, but these approaches don’t work well.”

Salt block unexpectedly stretches in Sandia experiments
June 22, 2009

Sandia researchers Jack Houston and Nathan Moore examine a tiny salt block.  Understanding unexpected salt deformations may lead to better understanding of sea salt aerosols, implicated in problems as broad as cloud nucleation, smog formation, ozone destruction and asthma triggers.

Sandia awarded significant positions in DOE’s $777 million ‘Energy Frontier Research Center’ program
May 5, 2009

Center researchers Jerry Simmons, Michael Coltrin, and Jeff Tsao expect to investigate three areas: the conversion of electrical energy to light through radical designs involving luminescent nanowires, quantum dots, and hybrid structures; energy conversion processes in photonic structures smaller than the wavelength of the light they create; and understanding and eliminating defects in the semiconductor materials that presently limit solid-state lighting efficiency.

Sandia research points way toward chameleon-like camouflage
April 7, 2009

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have demonstrated that, in theory, they could cause synthetic materials to change color like fish do.   "Camouflage outfits that blend with a variety of environments without need of an outside power source — say, blue when at sea and then brown in a desert environment — is where this work could eventually lead,” says principal investigator George Bachand. “Or the same effect could be used in fabricating chic civilian clothing that automatically changes color to fit different visual settings.”

Sandia’s diamond-like films on board NASA satellite
February 16, 2009

Diamond-like carbon films created at Sandia National Laboratories are helping probe the far boundaries of the solar system as part of a NASA mission to study how the sun’s solar wind interacts with the interstellar medium – the matter that exists between the stars within a galaxy.  The active conversion surface of the low-energy neutral atom detector is coated with Sandia’s diamond-like films created by Tom Friedmann.

Two Sandia researchers win nation's most prestigious "early career" awards
January 28, 2009

Sandia researchers Wei Pan and Bert Debusschere were cited for, respectively, leadership in experimental many-particle physics that explores new states of matter, and for introducing mathematical methods to quantify uncertainties in computational biology, thus improving the accuracy of simulation-based discoveries. Their community outreach work also played a part in their selection.

Parallel “nano-soldering” technique chosen for year’s top-50 by Nanotech Briefs
September 2, 2008

A new electroplating process that simultaneously joins many silicon nanowires to many prepatterned electrodes was selected for a 2008 Nano 50 Award by Nanotech Briefs.  The process removes many difficulties.  “All of the electroplating is done in parallel,” says Sean Hearne, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher at the Center for Integrated Technologies (CINT). “Everywhere there’s a metal contact, the electroplated nickel grows over the nanowire, capturing it.”

Salt block unexpectedly stretches in Sandia experiments
June 22, 2008

"It's not supposed to do that," said Sandia principal investigator Jack Houston.  The serendipitous discovery came about as researchers were examining the mechanical properties of salt in the absence of water.

Sandia simulations may explain nanoparticles 'pinned' to graphene
April 24, 2008

Graphene has proven a difficult material for researchers to tame. Peter Feibelman 's computational simulation suggests an explanation for why iridium atoms (colored green) nest regularly atop a base of graphene (dark-colored atoms) grown over an iridium substrate.

CINT wins DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award
April 8, 2008

Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman presented the Sandia/LANL Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) with the Department of Energy Award for Achievement at the bi-annual DOE project management workshop in Washington, DC. held in late March.

AAAS honors three Sandia researchers, one Sandia writer
October 29, 2007

Julia Hsu, for significant research on the structure and properties of electronic materials and for leadership in the materials physics community.

Two Sandia researchers awarded prestigious prizes from American Physical Society
October 17, 2007

Julia Phillips will receive the George E. Pake Prize, which recognizes outstanding work by physicists who combine original research with leadership in the management of research or development in industry. Phillips was cited for her leadership along with her pioneering research in materials physics for industrial and national security applications.

Nanoparticles unlock the future of superalloy metals
June 13, 2007

Sandia National Laboratories is pioneering the future of superalloy materials by advancing the science behind how those superalloys are made. This research has vast implications, says Tina Nenoff, project lead.

Sandia researchers discover way to see how a drug attaches to a cell
November 13, 2006

Sandia National Laboratories researchers John Shelnutt and Yujiang Song have discovered a better way to see where a drug attaches to a cell through a new process that produces novel hollow platinum nanostructures.

DOE selects Sandia as National Laboratory Center for Solid-State Lighting Research and Development
October 5, 2006

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced today that Sandia National Laboratories is the new home of the National Laboratory Center for Solid-State Lighting Research and Development. Sandia will conduct vital solid-state lighting research and coordinate related research efforts at several other national laboratories.

Secretary Bodman to visit Sandia Oct. 5
October 3, 2006

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman will be at Sandia Thursday, Oct. 5, to make an announcement about Sandia's roles in solid-state lighting and in national and energy security.

National nanotechnology core facility to be dedicated in Albuquerque Aug. 23
August 16, 2006

CINT is the only research center run jointly by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. The 96,000-square-foot CINT Core Facility will be a distribution point for researchers best served at smaller "gateways" at LANL and Sandia.

Sandia researchers solve mystery of attractive surfaces
August 2, 2006

In a paper published this Thursday in the journal Nature, Sandia National Laboratories researchers were able to increase the long-ranged attraction from nanometers to microns by inserting rough hydrophobic surfaces in place of smooth ones.

Sandia to dedicate grand new Microfab and Microlab facilities Friday
April 17, 2006

A building dedication celebrating the formal opening - on-time and on-budget - of Sandia National Laboratories' architecturally attractive Microfab and Microlab facilities will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 21, on Kirtland Air Force Base. The primary intent is to combine the expertise of three groups - electronics, photonics, and computer visualization - to more quickly imagine and design better microelectronic devices to support the needs of U.S. national security and the nuclear weapons complex of the future. A second purpose is to create designs and methods that later might be useful for the consumer needs of U.S. industry, which would use commercial manufacturing plants to produce products in the large numbers needed to satisfy a mass market.

Nanotechnology Facilities, Enhanced by Thousand-year-old Decorative Style, Near Completion
September 15, 2005

This joint Sandia/Los Alamos project is being built to attract researchers. The design, which radiates three labs from the curving stone facade-like spokes from a wheel, includes sophisticated characterization capabilities in the northernmost wing; physical, chemical, and biological synthesis facilities in the middle wing; and clean rooms for nano/micro integration to the south.

Four R&D 100 Awards Won by Sandia Labs
July 28, 2005

Ion-Photon Emission Microscope — Sandia earned a third R&D 100 award for the invention of a patented exploratory ion beam microscope system that does not require costly and complicated forming and focusing equipment. Joint winner Quantar Technologies is marketing this invention. The multidimensional, high-resolution analysis system is called the Ion-Photon Emission Microscope (IPEM). It allows scientists and engineers to microscopically study the effects of single ions in air on semiconductors, semiconductor devices, and biological cells without having to focus the beam. The technique determines the position at which an individual ion enters the surface of a sample; thus, focusing a beam is unnecessary.

Silly Putty Probe at Sandia Yields Non-silly Results About Time-dependent Material Properties
July 8, 2005

Sandia researcher Jack Houston stretched his imagination to come up with a novel way to study complex polymer matrices, for which this sample of Silly Putty® served as a proxy material.

Sandia's Julia Phillips Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
May 10, 2005

Julia Phillips, director of the Physical, Chemical, and Nano Science Center at Sandia National Laboratories, has been elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Novel Ultrafast Laser Detects Cancer at Earliest Possible Stage
March 22, 2005

To investigate tumors, pathologists currently rely on labor-intensive microscopic examination, using century-old cell-staining methods that can take days to complete and may give false readings. A lightning-fast laser technique, led by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Paul Gourley, has provided laboratory demonstrations of accurate, real-time, high-throughput identification of liver tumor cells at their earliest stages, and without invasive chemical reagents.

Tiny Porphyrin Tubes Developed by Sandia May Lead to New Nanodevices
March 17, 2005

Sunlight splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen using devices too small to be seen in a standard microscope. The research has captured the interest of chemists around the world pursuing methods of producing hydrogen from water. "This investigation is exciting because it promises to provide fundamental scientific breakthroughs in chemical synthesis, self-assembly, electron and energy transfer processes, and photocatalysis. Controlling these processes is necessary to build nanodevices for efficient water splitting, potentially enabling a solar hydrogen-based economy." The prospect of using sunlight to split water at the nanoscale grew out of Shelnutt's research into the development of hollow porphyrin nanotubes.

Nanotechnology Research Funding List Now Live at Sandia/LANL CINT Website
September 30, 2004

Nanotech researchers can shorten their search for funding by visiting the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) Internet site ( or There, a searchable database of federal government nanotechnology funding sources is supplied as a service to the nanoscience community by CINT, a joint project of Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Sandia wins two R&D 100 Awards
July 9, 2004

Two Sandia National Laboratories research teams have won R&D 100 Awards in the annual competition sponsored by the Chicago-based R&D Magazine. One award is for a new process of growing gallium nitride on an etched sapphire substrate, called cantilever epitaxy, which promises to make brighter green, blue, and white light emitting diodes (LEDS) — solid state lighting.

Wireless Nanocrystals Efficiently Radiate Visible Light
June 22, 2004

A wireless nanodevice that functions like a fluorescent light — but potentially far more efficiently — has been developed in a joint project between the National Nuclear Security Administration's Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Joint Sandia/Los Alamos Nanotechnology Center to be Held May 25 at Sandia
May 19, 2004

A DOE groundbreaking ceremony for the 96,000 square foot core facility of the Sandia/Los Alamos joint Center for Integrative Nanotechnology (CINT) — the first Sandia laboratory facilities in Albuquerque built outside Kirtland Air Force Base — will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 25, at the Steve Schiff Auditorium at Sandia. B-roll footage with action shots of nanotechnology will be available for members of the TV media.

Novel Sandia Simulations Harness Proteins to Build Nanostructures
February 16, 2004

A novel method of simulating protein behavior to achieve new, desirable nanostructures has been achieved in prototype by two researchers from Sandia National Laboratories. The method treats proteins like little construction crews, sequencing and controlling their molecular behaviors to build structures of interest. "A bird builds a nest differently each time, but you end up with a nest that works," says Sandia Fellow Gordon Osbourn, who developed the method with his colleague and wife, Sandia physicist Ann Bouchard. "We build simulated nanostructures the same way."

Sandia, UNM Researchers Mimic Photosynthetic Proteins to Manipulate Platinum at the Nanoscale
January 27, 2004

Researchers from the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have developed a new way of mimicking photosynthetic proteins to manipulate platinum at the nanoscale. The method has the potential of changing the metal's properties and benefiting emerging technologies.

New Sandia UV LEDs Emit Short-wavelength, High-power Output
November 18, 2003

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories developing ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) recently demonstrated two deep UV semiconductor optical devices that set records for wavelength/power output. One emits at a wavelength of 290 nanometers (nm) and produces 1.3 milliwatts of output power, and the other emits at a wavelength of 275 nm and produces 0.4 milliwatts of power.

Sandia Nanolaser May Help Extend Life-spans by Rapidly Analyzing Possible Neuroprotectant Drugs
September 22, 2003

Now basic research at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, using a unique biolaser operating in the nanometer range, has demonstrated the first-ever technique for studying the reactions of such ultrasmall biological organelles in their functioning state. The laser has already shown it can obtain clear signals from individual mitochondria in vitro. In late September and October, laboratory mitochondria will be rapidly coated by neuroprotectant drugs and then subjected to hostile circumstances.

Sandia Microfluidic Device Rapidly Captures and Releases Proteins, Science Reports
July 22, 2003

The device, reported in the current issue (July 18) of the journal Science, separates proteins from solution and from each other by electrically heating the tiny metal lines to alter surface properties, say Sandia National Laboratories researchers Dale Huber and Bruce Bunker. "We capture and release on command very quickly and from very definite locations," says Huber of their research group's ability to send current to selected heat lines, mimicking electrically the chemical separation methods of industry-standard chromatographs.

Sandia Researchers Use Quantum Dots as a New Approach to Solid-state Lighting
July 14, 2003

Rohwer and the quantum dot team — Jess Wilcoxon, Stephen Woessner, Billie Abrams, Steven Thoma, and Arturo Sanchez — started on the project two-and-a-half years ago. Subsequently, their research has advanced significantly, including recently reaching a major milestone of creating white and blue lighting devices using encapsulated quantum dots.

New Sandia-developed Process Holds Promise for Brighter Green, Blue, White Solid-state Lighting
April 8, 2003

Sandia researcher Christine Mitchell notes that a lot of background research has made the improvements possible. Mitchell is investigating cantilever epitaxy as her thesis project for a master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of New Mexico. She has been involved in just about all stages of the process.

Sandia's Julia Phillips wins first Horizon Award
October 30, 2002

Julia Phillips, Director of the Physical & Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories, was awarded the US Department of Labor Women's Bureau's Horizon Award at a recent New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women Estrella Award ceremony.

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies receives $75 million DOE go-ahead
August 8, 2002

CINT is one of five new Nanoscale Science Research Centers being created by the Office of Science. Investment in these centers is the largest current national investment into the US scientific infrastructure, with $500 million authorized for 2001 and $620 million 2002.

Tungsten photonic lattice changes heat to light
May 1, 2002

Now a microscopic tungsten lattice — in effect, a tungsten filament fabricated with an internal crystalline pattern — developed at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories has been shown to have potential to transmute the majority of this wasted infrared energy (commonly called heat) into the frequencies of visible light.

Sandia researchers observe molecular shuttling on man-made membrane that mimics cellular behavior
May 1, 2002

Sandia National Laboratories researchers witnessed molecular movements recently that could evolve into some of the first useful tools at future nanoconstruction sites, where proteins might be shuttled from place to place in tiny chemical wheelbarrows or built upon molecular scaffolding.

Sandia launches solid-state lighting website
April 16, 2002

The site covers everything from up-to-date science and technology and business news to a calendar of industry events. Also provided are background articles and updates on the proposed national initiative to accelerate progress in solid-state lighting.

Sandia joins revolution in solid-state lighting
April 16, 2002

Some 25 Sandia researchers are working on an project that will establish the fundamental science and technology base to replace the country's primary lighting source, incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes, with semiconductor light-emitting diodes (LEDs) — solid state lighting.

Brinker, Osbourn elected to National Academy of Engineering
April 16, 2002

Osbourn, Laboratory Fellow and team leader in Sandia's Lasers and Optics Department, was honored for originating the field of strained-layer superlattices and related structures, which have led to revolutionary advances in electronics and optoelectronics.

Sandia 'detective' solves strange case
January 8, 2002

It was a small problem: a layer of water lying flat instead of slightly bumpy as it froze on a solid. It became a larger problem when no one could explain why that might happen.

First controllable 2D nanopattern imaged by Sandia researchers
August 30, 2001

Pattern control at this level means that nanotemplates could be formed to fine-tune the device characteristics of self-assembling nanostructures. Possibly, characteristics could be tailored for devices like photonic lattices, an advanced method for controlling light and of wide interest to the huge telecommunications industry.

Sandia R&D winners for their Ion Electron Emission Microscope…
August 02, 2001

The Sandia winners invented an Ion Electron Emission Microscope, polymer hydrogen getters and a new process for growing compound semiconductors of cadmium-zinc-telluride for room temperature radiation detection.

Sandia VCSEL generates Ultraviolet light
October 17, 2000

The first ultra-violet (UV) solid-state microcavity laser has been demonstrated in prototype by scientists at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories working with colleagues at Brown University.

New approach promises to shed light about how copper corrodes
August 3, 2000

The combinatorial experimental method promises to shed light on how and why copper corrodes.

Biocavity Laser
March 23, 2000

In a new approach to studying atmospheric corrosion on copper, researchers at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories are putting multiple corrosion experiments on a single silicon wafer in a type of micro-laboratory.

New semiconductor alloy's 'crazy physics' makes it a possible photovoltaic power source for satellites.
March 8, 2000

The InGaAsN solar cell that could provide power to a satellite will ultimately have four layers.

World's first diamond micromachines created at Sandia
February 22, 2000

Creating a layering technology useful in increasing the life span and performance of micromachines.

Sandia joins national leap toward 21st century's nanotechnology revolution.
January 21, 2000

The possibilities to design materials and devices with extraordinary properties through nanotechnology are limited only by one's imagination," says Tom Picraux, Director of Sandia's Physical and Chemical Sciences Center

Quantum dots repel each other, researchers find
August 9, 1999

Understanding the self-organization is critical if we are to control dot characteristics for lasing devices.

Wear-resistant diamond coating created by Sandia scientists
April 8, 1998

Eliminate stress in certain diamond coatings.

Sandia's quantum mechanical transistor may increase computer speed and sensor accuracy. Not science fiction any more.
February 11, 1998

"We have demonstrated real circuits that work and are easily fabricated," says Jerry Simmons, leader of the Sandia development team. "It is not ready to be sold yet, but it is a significant advance."

Patented laser device detects blood disorders near-instantly
August 15, 1997

The device, called a biocavity laser, …is better able to distinguish between cancerous and non-cancerous cells…


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