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Berkeley Science Review - Spring 2012

Berkeley Science Review - Spring 2012

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A student-run publication from UC Berkeley covering all things science at Cal. In this special issue on Energy, we cover some exciting projects going on at UC Berkeley, as well as the fascinating science behind them.
A student-run publication from UC Berkeley covering all things science at Cal. In this special issue on Energy, we cover some exciting projects going on at UC Berkeley, as well as the fascinating science behind them.

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Spring 2012 Issue 22
sciencereview.berkeley.edu
 16Catch and release
Solar cells shine brightly
 12Sweet on biofuels
Smart yeast forethanol production
 20Building BECI
Bridging gaps andbreaking barriers
 
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16Catchandrelease
Solarcellsshinebrightly
 1220Sweetonbiofuels
Smartyeastforethanolproduction
BuildingBECI
Bridginggapsandbreakingbarriers
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Spring 2012
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Berkeley Science Review
Dear Readers,
There’s a lot of energy on campus, whether you’ve seen the newbuildings to house research laboratories on the northwest side
of campus, or attended the BERC symposium that brought
togth 700 mmb of th UC Bkly community to tlk 
about carbon emissions and clean technology. In this issue
of th
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w’ putting  potlight on ngy, fom biofulto ol cll, n xmining how Bkly i xpimntingwith novl tchnology in  numb of fil, to mintin nngtic n cutting-g ch community.
For an overview of the energy research community at Cal andthe up-and-coming institute that is funding and organizing its
pojct, Ann Zniwki bing u Builing BECI (pg 20),n nttining n thoughtful xplotion of th foc tht bought th Bkly Engy nClimt Intitut into bing n it xciting futu tjctoy. Mny ch lb  ly on thi tjctoy by vitu of th wok thy’v complt, n in Ntul inpition (pg 35)n Swt on bioful (pg 12) Shb Plmthottm n Hnnh Ry ctch up with PofoKtz of Chmicl Engining n Pofo Ct of Chmicl Engining n th Engy Biocinc Intitut to fin out how gnticlly ngining ognim n nzym cn lto f n mo fficint pouction of ful.
Keeping researchers energized—and keeping research exciting—can be a difficult engineering
challenge. In Whose lab are you wearing? (page 18), Anand Sampat reports on Ana Claudia Arias’s
lab in the EECS department and their efforts to bring flexible, wearable technology to the masses.
Fom -ink cn tht cn b pint ictly onto clothing to micl no tht cn wp
around the body’s contours, Arias’s inventions hold promise. A technological innovator herself,
Lin Nilon,  co-foun of Tkl Lb, cov ffot to bing ntpnuil tchnologi
developed on campus to developing countries in Planting seeds (page 26). Award-winning
innovtion incluing ol cll kit n cooktov  bing intouc in Ini n Sun,with pln fo cling outw oun th glob. If you’ lik to know how  ol cll wokbfo tying to buil on, Ali Moh iv into th thoy of ol cll fficincy in Ctchn l (pg 16), incluing Elcticl Engining pofo Eli Yblonovitch’ mthofo poucing ol cll with co-bking fficinc.Kp n y out fo impovmnt oun th
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easily on campus, with our distribution boxes at the campus’s science and engineering buildings.
In th fll, Sbtin Louni tk ov my uti, n   vtn of th ngy community himlf, it’ u to b n xciting tnition.Enjoy th iu,Allion BkEito in Chif 
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Solarcellsshinebrightly
 1220Sweetonbiofuels
Smartyeastforethanolproduction
BuildingBECI
Bridginggapsandbreakingbarriers
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