May 5th, 2017
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of silicon when it comes to computing, solar energy, and other technological applications - not to mention the fact that it is the second-most abundant element in Earth’s crust, in terms of mass percent. The most common form of silicon crystallizes in the same structure as diamond, but other...
February 16th, 2017
A new paper reports the discovery and characterization of a new iron-rich high-pressure mineral named for EFree Director Russell J. Hemley in recognition of his distinguished contributions to high-pressure research and mineral physics. The new mineral is the iron-rich analogue of akimotoite, a mineral with MgSiO3 ...
February 15th, 2017
EFree Senior Investigator Roald Hoffmann presented some recent results from his group at the January conference call of the Silver Team EFRC directors.  Hoffmann's presentation focused on theoretical predictions of the behavior of electrides at high pressure. Electrides are extended structures in which an electron has...
February 14th, 2017
In a recent article in The Washington Post, EFree Director Russell Hemley weighs in on the extraordinary properties of diamond that make it so important in new scientific and technological applications. “Forget the ring:  Lab-grown diamond’s are a scientist’s best friend,” published on the front page of the Post’s...
January 19th, 2017
Germanium may not be a household name like silicon, but it has great potential for use in next-generation electronics and energy technology. Of particular interest are forms of germanium that can be synthesized in the lab under high pressure conditions. One of the most promising forms of germanium for practical applications, called ST12-...
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