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A USC scientist treats a glass slide with nanocrystals. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Researchers Develop Path to Liquid Solar Cells

April 26, 2012

Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The solar nanocrystals are about…

Still images and videos of arsenic sulfide nanofibers growing under a microscope help Ian McFarlane and Julia Lazzari-Dean to better understand the microbes’ properties and potential applications. These materials could hold the key to creating new nanomaterials that do jobs not yet imagined.

Energy in a Bottle

April 22, 2012

    Undergraduate researcher: Julia Lazzari-Dean Major: Chemistry Year: Sophomore Student funding sources: Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Women in Science and…

The diamond in the center measures 1 mm X 1 mm. Photo courtesy of Delft University of Technolgy/UC Santa Barbara.

Quantum Computer Built Inside a Diamond

April 5, 2012

Diamonds are forever — or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include…

Anna Krylov is professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife and the paper's co-corresponding author. Photo by Phil Channing.

A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Chemical Reactions

March 22, 2012

Scientists at USC and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have discovered a new route by which a proton (a hydrogen atom that lost its electron) can move from one molecule to another — a basic component of countless …

Ray Irani was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He was named to the National Academy of Engineering in February.

Ray Irani Named Judge Widney Professor

March 22, 2012

Trustee Ray R. Irani Ph.D. ’57, executive chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp. and namesake of the university’s Ray R. Irani Hall, was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry…

Professor Ada Yonath discusses the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum at a USC event. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

Nobel Laureate Visits USC, Inspires Students

March 2, 2012

Ada Yonath, one of just four women ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told USC students last month what it takes to be a successful scientist: curiosity, passion and perseverance. Yonath, professor of structural…

In USC's inaugural science-themed filmmaking competition, USC Dornsife's Kevin Le and USC School of Cinematic Arts' Edward Saavedra, sophomores, took top prize for their short movie, <em>Time</em>, which explains why times moves forward and never back. Shown here is Salvador Dali's 1931 melting clock painting, <em>The Persistence of Memory</em>. Image © 2007 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Time Flies

February 17, 2012

To learn why time moves only forward one must first understand a fundamental law of physics: the increase of entropy. The law describes the tendency for systems to go from a state of higher organization to disorder. Consider…

Research associate Shayantani Mukherjee and USC Dornsife professor Arieh Warshel liken the rotation of F1-ATPase to that of a fan.

USC Scientists Build Working Model of Life’s Engine

January 27, 2012

Researchers at USC have built a theoretical working model of the cellular engine that powers all life. The model will allow scientists to better understand the forces of life at the molecular level and potentially replicate…

Richard Brutchey’s research at USC Dornsife focuses on the synthesis, surface chemistry and applications of inorganic nanocrystals for solar energy conversion and energy storage. In addition to being named a 2012 Emerging Investigator by <em>ChemComm</em>, he was recently presented with a Raubenheimer Junior Faculty Award, the highest award bestowed to faculty in USC Dornsife. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Nod to the Nanoscale

January 26, 2012

Richard Brutchey, assistant professor of chemistry, was recently lauded for his work as a researcher by ChemComm, a leading chemical sciences journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. ChemComm named Brutchey a 2012…

From left, corresponding authors Alain Goeppert, George Olah and G. K. Surya Prakash collaborated on the project with other USC researchers. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Material Cleans Carbon Dioxide from the Air

January 19, 2012

A team of USC scientists has developed an easy-to-make material that can scrub large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. One day in the future, large artificial trees made from the material could be used to lower the…