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

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Deciphering Coronavirus Protein Behavior:  Using x-ray data collected at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers solved a high-resolution structure of the MERS-CoV virus as part of a potential strategy for vaccine development.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Growing the Skinniest Magnets:  Experiments performed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source could lead to much smaller, more powerful computers and other magnetic devices.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Sparing SALL4: Using intense, high-brightness x-rays from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers may have found a path toward the rational design of cereblon-binding drugs that target proteins involved in diseases such as multiple myeloma, while reducing the risk of birth defects from the drugs.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Slow Flow and Sudden Avalanches Relax Stress in Glasses:  When familiar solids like metal, wood, or rubber are deformed, a consistent restoring force appears that pushes back against the deformation. Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon may guide new strategies for processing amorphous solids and could also provide new theoretical insights into the factors underlying their dynamic behavior.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Putting a Shine on Metal 3-D Printing:  The promise of metal 3-D printing has yet to yield consistently high-quality products at high volumes. Data collected at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source yielded criteria that reduces defects in the finished product.

Here's to Our Health: Research at the Advanced Photon Source

A Scientific First: How Psychedelics Bind to Key Brain Cell Receptor:  The stage is set for the discovery of new kinds of antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and treatments for substance use disorders, thanks to research carried out at two U.S. Department of Energy national research facilities including the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Tiny Circuits, Long Distances: Toward Smaller Light-Processing Devices for Fiber-optic Communication:  Researchers at Michigan Technical University using high-brightness x-rays from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) have mapped a noise-reducing magneto-optical response that occurs in fiber-optic communications, opening the door for new materials technologies.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Materials Properties for Longer-Lasting, More Efficient Solar Cells:  The designers of solar cells know the cells must contend with a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions that can impact efficiency and useful lifetime. Researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source found that small tweaks to the chemical makeup of perovskites and the magnitude of the electrical field it is exposed to can greatly affect overall material stability.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Preventing a Bacterium from Getting a Taste of Its Own Medicine:  Mithramycin (MTM) is an anticancer antibiotic produced by the gram-positive bacterium Streptomyces argillaceus. Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source suggests a catalytic mechanism for MtmW and may shed light on the production of clinically useful natural products.

Another discovery from research at the Advanced Photon Source

For Lithium-Ion Cathodes, Partial Order Up:As the lithium-ion (LI-ion) industry grows, so does the use of cobalt or nickel, straining metal resources. To sustain this growth, development of new cathodes with high energy densities made from abundant elements will be necessary. Users of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source report two new inexpensive cathode materials with extraordinary potential as cathodes in Li-ion batteries.

Another discovery from research at the Advanced Photon Source

Printing Ultrathin 2-D Polymer Electronics:  The relatively simple techniques demonstrated by the researchers in this study may lead to the mass production of inexpensive, ultrathin polymer films down to monolayer thickness, with potential applications including photovoltaics, sensors, and wearable electronics.

FROM THE APS DIRECTOR

Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the APS user program is currently operational to support:

  • Mail-in/remote access work for any research involving low-risk samples and most medium-risk samples as defined on the Experiment Safety Assessment Form.
  • Experiments proposed by users with prior APS experience that cannot be performed remotely and that meet specific criteria. These proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis with no guarantee of approval. Contact apsuser@anl.gov for more information.

Please get in touch with the beamline contact to determine the ability of a specific beamline to support your research.

The health and safety of our employees, users, students, and visitors remains our top priority.  We will continue to monitor and adapt to changing conditions onsite, in the surrounding communities, in our state and nationwide.

Information on APS Operations and General User Programs During the COVID Pandemic

Conferences, Workshops, Meetings

Dec 07 2020 to Dec 15 2020

Jan 11 2021 to Jan 15 2021

Apr 05 2021 to Apr 06 2021

Apr 07 2021 to Apr 08 2021

May 10 2021 to May 14 2021

May 23 2021 to May 28 2021