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The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Moving technology forward with research at the Advanced Photon Source

A team of engineers has created hardware made of hydrogen-doped nickelate perovskite that can learn skills using a type of AI that currently runs on software platforms. They used two U.S. Department of Energy x-ray light sources and a DOE nanoscale science research center to understand the microscopic origins of tree-like memory in the hydrogen-doped material.

To Your Health: Disease-Fighting Research at the APS

Scientists using research techniques including x-ray studies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS have developed tiny sensors that measure oxygen transport in bovine lung tissue, establishing a new framework for observing the elusive connection between lung membranes, oxygen flow, and related disease.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Ultra-high-speed transmission x-ray imaging at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source was used to gain vital new insights about laser powder bed fusion phenomena.

Discoveries at the Advanced Photon Source, from Earth's center to the far reaches of space

Scientists used the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS to gather data that could aid in understanding the interiors of “super-Earths,” large rocky planets up to ~10 Earth masses in size recently discovered outside our solar system.

To your health: Research from the Advanced Photon Source

Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS, along with biochemical, biophysical, and cell-based assays, increase our understanding of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and may facilitate the development of vaccines against this virus.

Energy advances by researchers at the Advanced Photon Source

Sometimes you just need lots of little bursts of power fast, and for that, there's not much that's better than a supercapacitor. Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS (and other experiments) paves the way for a future of cost-effective energy storage systems with high-energy and high-power densities.

Discovery science by users of the Advanced Photon Source

In experimentation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS, a research team made an important discovery when they created a supramolecular system that is water soluble and can be controlled by altering the acidity of this system’s environment, suggesting exciting possibilities for the future of renewable energy.

Discovering the secrets of materials with the Advanced Photon Source

A multi-national team of researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS probed the magnetic and crystalline properties of two superlattices and described magnetic tunability that should prove applicable to numerous other superlattice systems, which may be adapted for improved electronic devices.

Advanced research techniques for tomorrow's Advanced Photon Source

Results obtained at the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS promise unprecedented imaging of complex crystalline materials and polycrystalline interfaces and will encourage broader use of coherent x-ray diffraction imaging experiments at fourth-generation x-ray light sources.

Galactic discovery at the Advanced Photon Source

A multi-institution team of researchers carrying out experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source has provided one of the first mineralogy lab studies for water-rich planets that orbit stars outside the solar system.

Revealing nature's secrets with research at the advanced photon source

Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS studied the effect of low temperature on mammalian skeletal muscle contraction, providing important insight into how hibernating animals may conserve energy while still allowing vital functions in the body to continue.


Updated May 22, 2020


Although onsite access remains prohibited for active internal or external users for the majority of beamlines, the Advanced Photon Source user program remains operational to support:

  • Research on SARS-CoV-2 or other COVID-19 related research that addresses the current pandemic. Examples include research related to general immunity, antivirals, vaccines and/or diseases that occur as coinfections as well as new materials for personal protective equipment.
  • Critical, proprietary pharmaceutical research.
  • Mail-in/remote access work for any research involving low-risk samples and most medium-risk samples (as defined on the ESAF form).

The health and safety of our employees, users, students, and visitors remains our top priority. As the public health situation improves, Argonne will eventually move to subsequent phases, which will bring more user activity back onsite. We will continue to monitor and adapt to changing conditions onsite, in the surrounding communities, in our state and nationwide. We will move forward, or back, across phases as needed as the situation evolves. 


In light of the rapidly changing situation world-wide resulting from the coronavirus, the Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences light sources want to ensure they are doing everything possible to enable research into this virus and the search for an effective vaccine or other treatment. The DOE supports research into structural biology in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, and universities. A new webpage, The Structural Biology Portal, collects relevant x-ray, neutron, and cryoEM resources for structural biology in a single location, listing their basic characteristics and a point of contact for each.


The APS is providing expedited remote access for research related to COVID-19 at this time. The Structural Biology Portal lists available APS beamlines for macromolecular crystallography and BioSAXS. Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for expedited beam time are listed on the New User Checklist. All users must be registered and their home institution must have an active User Agreement.

Please submit a Rapid Access Proposal and state that the research is related to the SARS CoV-2 virus or COVID-19.

  • To request an MX beamline, submit a Macromolecular Crystallography Proposal (choose “rapid access 2020-1: for immediate work). Here is a list of MX beamlines.
  • To request a non-MX beamline, choose Rapid Access General User Proposal and select the 2020-1 cycle for immediate work.

For administrative assistance, please contact the APS User Office at For technical assistance, please contact Bob Fischetti at


Conferences, Workshops, Meetings

Jun 13 2020 to Jun 27 2020

Jun 29 2020 to Jul 02 2020

Jul 12 2020 to Jul 17 2020

Aug 30 2020 to Sep 04 2020

Sep 21 2020 to Sep 22 2020

Sep 23 2020 to Sep 24 2020

Seminars, Training, Schools, Etc


12:00 p.m. 401/A1100

12:00 p.m. 401/A1100

12:00 p.m. 401/A1100