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

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

UCLA and UIC Researchers Discover Foam “Fizzics”:  Researchers using the APS answered longstanding questions about the underlying processes that determine the life cycle of liquid foams, which could help improve the commercial production and application of foams in a broad range of industries and could lead to improved products.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Using Protein Structural Information to Understand the Mechanism of an Essential Enzyme for Fighting Tuberculosis:  Antibiotic resistance is a global problem that many scientists are racing to solve. Researchers using the APS gained important insights into understanding the structure and mechanism of a critical enzyme involved in protein synthesis in tuberculosis, work that will form the basis of structure-based drug design efforts aimed at exploiting the unique features of this enzyme in developing new pharmaceuticals.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

Revealing the Source of Unusually High Strength in Sintered Aluminum: A team of researchers set out to determine the factors behind the unusually high strength of certain sintered metals. Their insights, gleaned from experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source, improve the overall understanding of fine grain-sized metals and should ultimately enable improved control of their properties.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

Making Plastics Production More Energy Efficient: Researchers have demonstrated a new approach to chemical catalysis that results in high propylene yields using less energy. The findings, based in part on research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source, could support more energy-efficient production processes for many plastics.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Testing the Mettle of Lithium Metal Batteries:  Lithium-based batteries need improvement. Researchers used the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source to gather information which could lead to a new generation of much better batteries made of lithium metal.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

“Colloidal Gels,” Ubiquitous in Everyday Products, Divulge Their Secrets:  Researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source have developed a new method for determining the structure and behavior of a class of soft materials known as weak colloidal gels, opening doors to advances in such areas as drug delivery, food production, water purification, cosmetics, building materials, and nuclear waste disposal.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

A Rare Mineral from Rocks Found in Mollusk Teeth:  Researchers using data obtained at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source have, for the first time, discovered a rare mineral hidden inside the teeth of a chiton, a large mollusk found along rocky coastlines, and used the mineral to develop inks for 3-D printing of bioinspired composites.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

(Solar) Power to the Perovskites:  Solar power generates a growing slice of the world’s electricity, and industry is always on the hunt for better solar technology. Researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photon Source now have a basis for rationally designing manufacturing techniques for high-quality commercial lead iodide perovskite solar cells.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

Using Strain to Control an Iron-Based, High-Temperature Superconductor:  Experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source demonstrated the capability to dramatically promote or suppress superconductivity by applying small amounts of strain, an important advance in the effort to harness superconductivity for use in a wide variety of applications.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Determining How Antibodies Target the Virus That Causes COVID-19:  Studying the naturally occurring human antibodies created in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, helped researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source develop new therapies that can prevent and treat COVID-19 infections.

A Riddle Solved by Research at the Advanced Photon Source

Tracking the Early Stages of Sequential Infiltration Synthesis:  Researchers used the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source to reveal the structural evolution of inorganic cluster growth and crystallization resulting from sequential infiltration synthesis in polymeric templates with potential applications that extend to virtually all technologies in which periodic nanomaterial structures are desirable.

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