SSRL Science in SLAC Today

Scientists Discover Path to Improving Game-Changing Battery Electrode

Tue, 2017/12/12 - 8:43am
They created a comprehensive picture of how the same chemical processes that give these cathodes their high capacity are also linked to changes in atomic structure that sap performance.

LIGO Mirror Coatings Get Upgrade with New National Collaboration

Thu, 2017/11/09 - 9:43am
Effort to improve the next generation of gravitational wave detectors includes atomic studies of new and better coatings for LIGO’s mirrors at SSRL.

Slideshow: 2017 SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting

Mon, 2017/10/16 - 2:45pm
About 400 people attended the annual conference and workshops for scientists who conduct experiments at SLAC’s light sources.

A Battery Based on Sodium May Offer More Cost-Effective Storage Than Lithium

Mon, 2017/10/09 - 1:46pm
Lithium ion batteries may remain tops for sheer performance, but when cost-per-storage is factored in, a design based on sodium ions offers promise; research was conducted in part at SSRL.

Matthew Latimer Receives 2017 Lytle Award

Thu, 2017/10/05 - 11:16am
The X-ray scientist is honored for 20 years of beamline and instrumentation design, operation and scientific support at SLAC’s synchrotron.

Researchers Develop a Way to Better Predict Corrosion from Crude Oil

Mon, 2017/09/25 - 12:00am
The X-ray studies performed at SLAC will help the oil industry improve guidelines for corrosion from sulfur in crude oil.

From Science to Finance: SLAC Summer Interns Forge New Paths in STEM

Thu, 2017/09/21 - 9:11am
More than 100 students worked on projects ranging from website development to imaging techniques for X-ray studies, learning new ways to apply their talents.

Hewlett Packard’s Suhas Kumar Wins 2017 Klein Award

Mon, 2017/09/11 - 10:17am
Kumar’s work, carried out in part at SSRL, explains how memristors work – a new class of electronic devices with applications in next-generation information storage and computing.

Kathryn Hastie Wins Spicer Award for Lassa Virus Work at SLAC’s X-ray Synchrotron

Fri, 2017/08/18 - 8:57am
The Scripps researcher is honored for groundbreaking research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource that accelerated the development of a vaccine for deadly Lassa fever.

Scientists Watch ‘Artificial Atoms’ Assemble into Perfect Lattices with Many Uses

Mon, 2017/07/31 - 8:51am
A serendipitous discovery lets researchers spy on this self-assembly process for the first time with SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron. What they learn will help them fine-tune precision materials for electronics, catalysis and more.

How a Single Chemical Bond Balances Cells Between Life and Death

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 12:00am
With SLAC’s X-ray laser and synchrotron, scientists measured exactly how much energy goes into keeping this crucial bond from triggering a cell's death spiral.

SLAC X-Ray Beam Helps Uncover Blueprint for Lassa Virus Vaccine

Thu, 2017/06/01 - 2:13pm
A decade-long search ends at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, where researchers from The Scripps Research Institute emerge with a clear picture of how the deadly Lassa virus enters human cells.

Researchers Develop a New Catalyst for Water Splitting

Wed, 2017/05/03 - 12:00am
Scientists have developed a new molybdenum-coated catalyst that more efficiently generates hydrogen gas, which could lead to a sustainable clean fuel source in the future.

Shunned by Microbes, Organic Carbon Can Resist Breakdown in Underground Environments

Mon, 2017/05/01 - 10:02am
A new study reveals that organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration.

Where Scientist Meets Machine: A Fresh Approach to Experimental Design at SLAC X-Ray Laser

Wed, 2017/04/26 - 5:13am
Paul Fuoss, the new head of experimental design at LCLS, aims to make experiments at light sources here and around the world more productive and user-friendly.

New SLAC Theory Institute Aims to Speed Research on Exotic Materials at Light Sources

Tue, 2017/04/11 - 10:06am
TIMES applies the power of theory to the search for novel materials with remarkable properties that could revolutionize technology.

New Device Produces Hydrogen Peroxide for Water Purification

Fri, 2017/03/31 - 10:40am
Scientists at SLAC and Stanford have identified active carbon catalysts and developed an electrochemical cell designed to purify water in small villages.

Engineers Use Soup Additive to Create a Stretchable Plastic Electrode

Fri, 2017/03/10 - 11:18am
Paving the way for flexible electronics, engineers have developed a plastic electrode that stretches like rubber but carries electricity like wires.

Symmetry: Instrument Finds New Earthly Purpose

Thu, 2017/02/23 - 10:46am

Detectors long used to look at the cosmos are now part of X-ray experiments here on Earth.

SLAC Study Helps Explain Why Uranium Persists in Groundwater at Former Mining Sites

Thu, 2017/02/02 - 12:00am
The contaminant binds to organic matter in sediments, which increases persistence in groundwater.

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