SSRL Science in SLAC Today

Q&A with Stephen Streiffer, the new Stanford VP for SLAC

Wed, 2022/06/01 - 9:00am
After decades of experience in the DOE lab system and as director of a leading synchrotron light source, he’s back to where he earned his PhD – with a much bigger mission.

Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage

Thu, 2022/05/26 - 2:10pm
By revealing the chemistry of plant secretions, or exudates, these studies build a basis for better understanding and conserving art and tools made with plant materials.

Superconductivity and charge density waves caught intertwining at the nanoscale

Fri, 2022/05/20 - 1:25pm
Scientists discover superconductivity and charge density waves are intrinsically interconnected at the nanoscopic level, a new understanding that could help lead to the next generation of electronics and computers.

How a soil microbe could rev up artificial photosynthesis

Fri, 2022/04/29 - 3:16pm
Researchers discover that a spot of molecular glue and a timely twist help a bacterial enzyme convert carbon dioxide into carbon compounds 20 times faster than plant enzymes do during photosynthesis. The results stand to accelerate progress toward converting carbon dioxide into a variety of products.

What drives rechargeable battery decay? Depends on how many times you've charged it

Thu, 2022/04/28 - 1:18pm
How quickly a battery electrode decays depends on properties of individual particles in the battery – at first. Later on, the network of particles matters more.

San Jose State students study nanodiamonds at SLAC’s synchrotron

Fri, 2022/04/08 - 9:20am
A physical chemist and a diverse group of his students are working on applications for the microscopic diamonds.

Q&A: From particle beams to cancer treatment – fundamental research that affects everyday life

Mon, 2022/03/07 - 9:00am
SLAC’s Matt Garrett and Susan Simpkins talk about tech transfer that brings innovations from the national lab to the people, including advances for medical devices and self-driving vehicles.

A new way to shape a material’s atomic structure with ultrafast laser light

Mon, 2022/02/14 - 11:47am
X-ray laser experiments show that intense light distorts the structure of a thermoelectric material in a unique way, opening a new avenue for controlling the properties of materials.

Study raises new possibilities for triggering room-temperature superconductivity with light

Wed, 2022/02/09 - 11:02am
Scientists discover that triggering superconductivity with a flash of light involves the same fundamental physics that are at work in the more stable states needed for devices, opening a new path toward producing room-temperature superconductivity.

SLAC and Stanford researchers reveal the fourth signature of the superconducting transition in cuprates

Wed, 2022/01/26 - 9:54am
The results cap 15 years of detective work aimed at understanding how these materials transition into a superconducting state where they can conduct electricity with no loss.

Analysis of the rock record rules out atmospheric oxygen before the Great Oxygenation Event

Thu, 2022/01/13 - 2:20pm
New research questions ‘whiff of oxygen’ in Earth’s early history.

Room-temperature crystallography aids new study of photosynthetic bacteria

Thu, 2021/12/16 - 9:38am
Recently developed methods now in use at SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron helped a team of chemists better understand how certain bacteria turn light into chemical energy.

Bucket brigades and proton gates: Researchers shed new light on water’s role in photosynthesis

Tue, 2021/11/16 - 12:02pm
A better understanding of this process could inform the next generation of artificial photosynthetic systems that produce clean and renewable energy.

Researchers probe secrets of natural antibiotic assembly lines

Thu, 2021/11/04 - 9:16am
In two new papers, researchers used X-ray crystallography and cryogenic electron microscopy to reveal new details of the structure and function of molecular assembly lines that produce common antibiotics.

SSRL and LCLS Host 2021 Users’ Meeting

Wed, 2021/10/13 - 11:32am
Scientists who perform experiments at SLAC’s lightsources gathered online for research talks, workshops and discussions.

SLAC’s Riti Sarangi wins 2021 Farrel W. Lytle Award

Thu, 2021/09/16 - 4:17am
The award recognizes her research and service at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

After 20 years of trying, scientists succeed in doping a 1D chain of cuprates

Thu, 2021/09/09 - 1:48pm
The chemically controlled chains reveal an ultrastrong attraction between electrons that may help cuprate superconductors carry electrical current with no loss at relatively high temperatures.

Stanford graduate student Aisulu Aitbekova wins 2021 Melvin P. Klein Award

Wed, 2021/09/08 - 9:33am
The award recognizes Aitbekova's work on catalysts, including a new catalyst that may revolutionize car emission controls.

Soap study shows the value of global connections during the pandemic

Tue, 2021/09/07 - 8:38am
Researchers at the University of Leeds deepened their understanding of a synthetic detergent without ever setting foot in the lab where their experiments took place.

A new approach creates an exceptional single-atom catalyst for water splitting

Tue, 2021/08/31 - 3:15pm
Anchoring individual iridium atoms on the surface of a catalytic particle boosted its performance in carrying out a reaction that’s been a bottleneck for sustainable energy production.

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