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Disappearing and reappearing superconductivity

HT cuprate- iron selenide-based superconductorsNew work from a team including Carnegie’s Xiao-Jia Chen and Ho-kwang “Dave” Mao demonstrates unexpected superconductivity in a type of compounds called iron selenium chalcogenides. 

Wendy Mao receives additional grant to study extreme P-T processes

Wendy Li-Wen Mao, a mineral physicist at SLAC and Stanford, received a multiyear grant from NSF which will enable her to study various molten iron and solid silicate minerals and interactions – recreating the extremes in temperature and pressure existing in the Earth’s core and mantle. She will use X-ray computed tomography, which lends itself to creating images down to a nanoscale r

DOE-BES officials visit EFree

Hayes, Anderson, Vetrano, StruzhkinDOE Basic Energy Science's John Vetrano, Robin Hayes and Craig Anderson, visited EFree Center at it's Carnegie Broad Branch Road campus on 27 October 2011.

Summer intern named semifinalist in 2011 Siemens Competition

Peinan ChenPei-Nan Chen, an intern at the Geophysical Laboratory, and a senior in the Science, Mathematics, Computer Science Magnet Program at Poolesville High School, Maryland, is a semifinalist in the 2011 Siemens Competition.

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The Department of Energy issued its first Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), dated September 2011.

The Office of Science's Basic Energy Research held a Basic Research Needs (BRN) workshop series started in 2002 which main purpose is help provide solutions for the pressing energy challenges of the 21st century. Topics include hydrogen economy, solar energy utilization, superconductivity, solid-state lighting, advanced nuclear energy systems, combustion of 21st century fuels, electric energy storage, and geosciences: scientific challenges for measurement, monitoring and verification. In addition, other BES-sponsored workshop reports that address the status of some important research areas are important reading materials.  

Five grand challenges for basic energy research are subject of the 2007 report, "Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination." 

The www.energyfrontier.us website used for the Science for Our Nation’s Energy EFRC Summit & Forum will continue as an EFRC Community website.  On it are a  number of resources that will be of interest to EFRC members and the extended energy science community, including:

·         Slides and videos of plenary talks delivered at the EFRC Summit & Forum including Secretary Chu’s and Pat Dehmer’s presentations (http://www.energyfrontier.us/content/agenda).

·         Photo gallery from the EFRC Summit & Forum (http://www.energyfrontier.us/photo-gallery and http://www.energyfrontier.us/content/photo-gallery-efrc-video-contest).

·         The full schedule and electronic abstract book for the technical talks and posters (top of page, http://www.energyfrontier.us/content/agenda).

·         EFRC videos submitted to the Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research video contest (http://www.energyfrontier.us/video-contest).

·         Current and future editions of the EFRC NewsletterFrontiers in Energy Research (http://www.energyfrontier.us/newsletter).

The "Science for Our Nation’s Energy Future", a DOE summit and forum, was held on May 25-27, 2011. It highlighted early successes of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Energy Frontier Research Centers and sought to promote collaboration across the national energy enterprise.

For more information on the DOEBasic Energy Sciences Division and the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC), please use these links.

News releases from BES • FY2011 funding request is $40M more to be available for additional EFRCs in the areas of discovery and development of new materials and basic research on energy needs. •Highlights • EFRC publications