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Super Silicon in "New Scientist"

The November issue of New Scientist talks about hacking silicon's structure to make it more efficient for use in computer chips and solar panels. The element may have a whole valley named after it, but the atomic structure limits its ability to conduct electricity.

Li-stuffed, B-doped carbon clathrates

The experimental synthesis of carbon clathrate materials is an, as of yet, unaccomplished experimental feat. Inside the cages of these hypothetical compounds there is precious little room, even for the smallest of atoms.

New Allotrope of Silicon

Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology.

Khattar Selected as 2014 Siemens Competition Semifinalist

The Geophysical Laboratory's Saelig Khattar was named a Semifinalist for the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Siemens Foundation announced the Semifinalists this week on 22 October 2014.

The Big Squeeze

High-pressure research featured in the NY Times

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Supercharged Carbon

A research team from the Geophysical Laboratory, including Oleksandr Kurakevych, Timothy Strobel, Duck Young Kim and George Cody, has reported the synthesis of an ionic semiconductor, Mg2C, under high-pressure, high-temperature conditions, which is fully recoverable to ambient conditio

Several New Faces

Several new faces have appeared around the lab. A warm welcome to Manuvesh, Zhisheng, Yangzheng and Huiyang! Check out the People section to learn more.

Stevce Stefanoski joins the lab

Stevce Stefanoski joins the Geophysical Laboratory this week from the University of South Florida as a new postdoctoral associate. Stevce will be working on synthesis and physical characterization of carbon materials.

New paper on silicon clathrates Published in Crystal Growth & Design

Silicon is the heart of modern electronics, in both pure element and compound forms. It is also one of the few elements capable of forming chemical analogs of gas hydrates, or clathrates—structures that form cages or networks that trap appropriately sized guest atoms.