Interfacial Electron-Phonon Coupling as the Cause of Enhanced
Single-layer FeSe Films on SrTiO3 – Contact:
James J. Lee, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource
For three decades, scientists have worked to engineer materials that allow
electricity to flow without resistance at ambient temperatures. That could make
just about everything that runs on electricity more efficient – saving
enormous amounts of energy. But current superconductors are far from that
dream: they only operate well below minus 135 degrees C.
A recent study suggests a promising path toward room-temperature
superconductors. Read more...
See also: SLAC News Feature
Uranium and Strontium Batch Sorption and Diffusion Kinetics into
Mesoporous Silica – Contact: David Singer, Kent State University
When radioactive elements enter the environment – whether through
natural processes or an accidental spill – it is important to understand
how to clean them up. This is especially true at the interface between water
and minerals, which dominate the surface area of most geological
Recently, researchers came to SSRL to better understand how trace
radioactive elements like uranium and strontium come to preferentially enrich
materials that have pores with diameters just a few nanometers wide, called
mesopores. Read more...
Non-Equilibrium Pathways during Electrochemical Phase
Transformations in Single Crystals Revealed by Dynamic Chemical Imaging at
Nanoscale Resolution – Contacts: Young-Sang Yu,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Yijin Liu, Stanford Synchrotron
Radiation Lightsource, and Jordi Cabana, University of Illinois at
Lithium-ion batteries, the mobile power source for most electronic devices,
play an important role in everyday life. In the coming decades, they could play
an even greater role, powering electric vehicles or storing electrical energy
for the grid – if researchers can find ways to improve them.
In particular, the energy density of current batteries is limited by the
capacity of the positive electrode, which in turn is determined by the
properties and concentration of its active material. By better understanding
this material and its limitations, researchers hope to design the highest
capacity electrodes possible. Read more...
Upcoming Workshops and Conferences
2015 SSRL Workshop on XAS and RIXS Data Analysis Using CTM4XAS and
CTM4RIXS, March 24-26, 2015, Menlo Park, CA
A three-day workshop on the fundamental aspects of x-ray spectroscopy,
including lectures and tutorials on the use of CTM4XAS and CTM4RIXS will be
held on March 24-26, 2015. The workshop will focus on lectures and
demonstrations by Prof. de Groot, Dr. Mario Delgado and Dr. Thomas Kroll.
The workshop will also include advanced data analysis session on
Participants need to register online before March 20, 2015. The workshop is
free to participants, but space is limited and advanced registration is
See Workshop website
12th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation
Instrumentation, July 6-10, 2015, New York City, NY
Registration is now open for the 12th International Conference on
Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation (SRI 2015)
The National Synchrotron Light Source ll (NSLS-ll) at Brookhaven National
Laboratory is pleased to invite you to register to attend the 12th
International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation (SRI) at the
Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, New York City, July 6-10, 2015.
Register at SRI website
Nuclear Forensic Undergraduate Summer School , June 15-July 24,
The Nuclear Forensic Undergraduate Summer School (NFUSS) will be held in
Washington, June 15-July 24. The course is designed to provide comprehensive,
experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics as a
means of interesting students in pursuing graduate studies in scientific
disciplines related to nuclear forensics. This is a great opportunity for
undergraduate students to network and gain insight into nuclear and
radiochemistry, as well as in the chemical and physical characterization of
Apply before March 15. Students will be notified of
selection by March 24, 2015.
16th International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine
Structure (XAFS16), August 23-28, 2015, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
12th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron
Radiation (BSR) is being planned to take place in Menlo Park, CA on August
22-24, 2016. Save the Date.
Joint SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Conference, October 7-9, 2015.
Save the Date.
SLAC Access and Badging Procedures - When in Doubt Contact User
Admin Before You Arrive
User Badges are now issued at the SLAC Security Office Building 235 by the
SLAC main gate. There are additional requirements that need to be met for
users to get access to the site and the SSRL beam lines for scheduled
experiments. Please see:
A step-by-step outline is provided below:
Before traveling to SLAC, please list all experimenters who will participate
in your scheduled experiments on proposals and beam time/support requests and
inform your colleagues about access changes so that everyone coming onsite
completes the following steps:
1. Register through the user
portal to provide or update contact information.
2. Contact URA for additional requirements for users from certain
3. Ensure that you have an appropriate business visa (e.g., B1/WB Business, not B2/WT
4. Review updated SSRL user arrival and check-in procedures.
5. Complete all safety training (including Traffic Safety Course 154).
6. Stop at the Security Office Building 235 to obtain a new ID badge and/or
proximity access. Bring identification to verify citizenship.
7. Prior to entering the experimental area or starting any experiments,
check in with User Check-In Coordinator Jackie Kerlegan in the URA office in
SSRL Building 120, Room 211 (Monday-Friday 7 am - 12 noon and 1 - 4 pm (except
8. Contact the URA team for questions or assistance
Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program is Now Accepting
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student
Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2015
solicitation. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday April 14,
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate
students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national
laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3
to 12 consecutive months-with the goal of preparing graduate students for
scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of
The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate
programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their
graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of
Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate
students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise,
resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental
award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses
directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host
laboratory during the award period.
Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements
and access to the online application system, can be found at the SCGSR
User Research Administration
The next deadline for submitting standard
Macromolecular Crystallography proposals is April 1 and June 1 is the deadline
for X-ray/VUV proposals.
Submit proposals and beam time requests through the user
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) is a third-generation
light source producing extremely bright x-rays for basic and applied
research. SSRL attracts and supports scientists from around the world who
use its state-of-the-art capabilities to make discoveries that benefit society.
SSRL, a U.S. DOE Office of Science national user facility, is a Directorate of
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University for the
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The SSRL Structural
Molecular Biology Program is supported by the DOE Office of Biological and
Environmental Research, and by the National Institutes of Health, National
Institute of General Medical Sciences. For more information about SSRL science,
operations and schedules, visit http://www-ssrl.slac.stanford.edu.
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