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Science and Research Highlights

New Materials for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Combustion Gases

New Materials for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Combustion Gases

April 9, 2014

The demand for energy, especially cleaner energy, motivated work at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science′s Advanced Photon Source that characterized new porous metal-organic materials, which hold great promise for decreasing power-plant greenhouse gas emissions by removing carbon dioxide from post-combustion chamber gases.
Building Better Catalysts for Splitting Water

Building Better Catalysts for Splitting Water

April 1, 2014

The dream of a hydrogen economy may depend on developing an energy-efficient strategy for splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. The problem is that water bonds are very stable, requiring hefty energy inputs to break. Using measurements from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science′s Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials, researchers analyzed the stability and composition of three small clusters of palladium that are under investigation as potential water-splitting catalysts and identified bonds that appear to be essential for catalytic function, allowing scientists to design better water-splitting catalysts.
Catalysts Caught in the Act Undergo Radical Rearrangements During Reactions

Catalysts Caught in the Act Undergo Radical Rearrangements During Reactions

March 27, 2014

The atomic-scale structure and chemical properties of catalysts remain surprisingly mysterious, despite the critical roles that catalysts play in a variety of industrial and environmental applications. Researchers working at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science′s Advanced Photon Source teased out structural and chemical information about a single layer of vanadium oxide, a catalyst, supported on the surface of a titanium oxide crystal, making it possible for scientists to improve catalysts by strategically altering their structures.
A Layered Nanostructure Held Together By DNA

A Layered Nanostructure Held Together By DNA

March 18, 2014

Dreaming up nanostructures that have desirable optical, electronic, or magnetic properties is one thing. Figuring out how to make them is another. Investigation by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy′s Advanced Photon Source has revealed the precise form that the structures adopted, and points to ways of exercising still greater control over the final arrangement.
Fishing for Viral RNA

Fishing for Viral RNA

March 7, 2014

Retroviruses like HIV-1, which causes AIDS, go to a lot of trouble to replicate themselves and further their infectious cycles. While the molecular details of this process are known, one mystery is how HIV-1 recognizes and fishes out its own RNA from among all the other RNAs in the nucleus, an essential step in viral replication. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science′s Advanced Photon Source has defined the protein-structural basis for this process and may also help in the design of drugs that target HIV-1 infection for treatment of patients with AIDS.
Squeezing Out the Hidden Lives of Electrons

Squeezing Out the Hidden Lives of Electrons

February 26, 2014

The key to understanding what causes changes in material conductivity lies in teasing out contributions from structural atomic arrangements and electron interactions. Researchers using high-energy x-rays from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science′s Advanced Photon Source disentangled these components in vanadium sesquioxide. By decoupling the effects of spin, charge, and lattice variables, they uncovered a mechanism that has eluded researchers for six decades.
Cooking Up New Nanoribbons to Make Better White LEDs

Cooking Up New Nanoribbons to Make Better White LEDs

February 24, 2014

Light-emitting diodes use significantly less energy and have far longer lifetimes than do traditional incandescent bulbs. Scientists are using high-brightness x-rays from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science′s Advanced Photon Source to help explore and fine-tune new compounds in the form of nanoribbons that luminesce brightly in different colors and make more appealing white lights based on light-emitting diodes.

APS News

Kim of ASD Awarded 2014 Wilson Prize for Achievement in Physics of Particle Accelerators

Kim of ASD Awarded 2014 Wilson Prize for Achievement in Physics of Particle Accelerators

January 7, 2014

Kwang-Je Kim of the Advanced Photon Source has been named the recipient of the 2014 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators,
Harkay of ASD Elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society

Harkay of ASD Elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society

December 18, 2013

Katherine Harkay of the Accelerator Systems Division has been elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society for “significant contributions to the understanding of the physics of electron cloud effects and the experimental investigation and understanding of collective effects, as well as for playing leading roles in development of photocathodes and superconducting undulator technology."
Chupas of XSD Named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40: 2013”

Chupas of XSD Named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40: 2013”

December 9, 2013

Peter Chupas of the Advanced Photon Source has been named one of the Chicago “40 Under 40: 2013” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

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