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NERSC Contributes to Smithsonian Magazine's Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012

January 23, 2013

Using supercomputers at National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up with a new approach for desalinating sea water using sheets of graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the element carbon. Team members say this method can be far more efficient and possibly less expensive than existing desalination systems. In December, Smithsonian Magazine named this result the fifth "Surprising Scientific Milestone of 2012."
Read: A New Approach to Water Desalination.


About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.