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Diamonds Aren’t Forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together. “People have already built small quantum computers,” says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. “Maybe the first useful […]

Materials society names Sandia metallurgist as fellow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Don Susan, a researcher in Sandia National Laboratories’ Metallurgy and Materials Joining organization, has been named a fellow of ASM International in recognition of distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering. The citation from the society said Susan received the honor, one of the highest in the field of materials, for “sustained […]

Supercomputers receive funding to help predict, modify new materials

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $16 million over the next four years in supercomputer technology that will accelerate the design of new materials by combining  theoretical and experimental efforts to create new validated codes. Sandia National Laboratories researcher Luke Shulenburger will head a team working to improve algorithms that predict […]

Blowing bubbles to catch carbon dioxide

Sandia, UNM develop bio-inspired liquid membrane that could make clean coal a reality ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have created a powerful new way to capture carbon dioxide from coal- and gas-fired electricity plants with a bubble-like membrane that harnesses the power of nature to reduce CO2 […]

Lessons from Fukushima

Sandia helps industry learn from Japanese reactor accident ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –When you’re an operator or engineer at a nuclear power plant, there are things you want to know long before you’re faced with an emergency. Reactor safety experts from Sandia National Laboratories and elsewhere are sharing lessons learned in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and […]

Designing a geothermal drilling tool that can take the heat

Sandia Labs worked on new type of downhole hammer ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories and a commercial firm have designed a drilling tool that will withstand the heat of geothermal drilling. The downhole hammer attaches to the end of a column of drill pipe and cuts through rock with a rapid hammering action similar […]

Lessons from cow eyes: The long-term impacts of studying cornea biomechanics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nature has had millennia to optimize biomaterials for useful properties, from lightweight strength to walking on smooth, vertical surfaces. Mother-of-pearl, spider silk, cholla wood “skeletons” and gecko feet are all good examples of nature’s brilliant materials engineering. The study of gecko feet spurred research into dry nano-adhesives, and research into lightweight yet […]

Ingenious method enables sharper flat-panel displays at lower energy costs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A perpetual quest of  manufacturers and viewers is for ever-brighter colors and better images for flat-panel displays built from less expensive materials that also use less electricity. An intriguing method discovered by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Alec Talin and collaborators at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the National Institute […]

Smaller. Cheaper. Better.

Iron nitride transformers developed at Sandia could boost energy storage options ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia-led team has developed a way to make a magnetic material that could lead to lighter and smaller, cheaper and better-performing high-frequency transformers, needed for more flexible energy storage systems and widespread adoption of renewable energy. The work is part […]

Nondestructive testing: Sandia looks inside composites

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researcher David Moore holds a rectangle of hard carbon composite material, smooth with a faint woven pattern on its surface. The sample shows normal wear and tear until he turns it over to reveal a circular impact mark with cracks radiating from it. The question for Moore, his Sandia National Laboratories colleague […]

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