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Kelly Summers wins 2020 Klein Award for research on treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Mon, 2020/09/21 - 11:40am
Using SLAC’s synchrotron, Summers improves fundamental knowledge of the role of copper in the brain and investigates treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Case van Genuchten wins 2020 Farrel W. Lytle Award for drinking water treatment research

Thu, 2020/09/17 - 8:51am
The honor recognizes his research on technologies for removing toxic chemicals from water.

Stanford physicist’s quest for the perfect keys to unlock the mysteries of superconductivity

Thu, 2020/09/10 - 9:02am
For decades Z-X Shen has ridden a wave of curiosity about the strange behavior of electrons that can levitate magnets.

Scientists probe the chemistry of a single battery electrode particle both inside and out

Tue, 2020/09/08 - 8:15am
The results show how a particle’s surface and interior influence each other, an important thing to know when developing more robust batteries.

In a search for COVID-19 treatments, researchers pursue a drug used on cats

Thu, 2020/08/27 - 2:00pm
University of Alberta researchers worked with SLAC X-ray scientists to explore the potential of a feline coronavirus drug that may be effective against SARS-CoV-2.

SLAC and Stanford join Q-NEXT national quantum center

Wed, 2020/08/26 - 11:02am
Q-NEXT will tackle next-generation quantum science challenges through a public-private partnership, ensuring U.S. leadership in an economically crucial arena.

Peter Chung wins 2020 Spicer Young Investigator Award for work on neurodegenerative disease

Wed, 2020/08/19 - 6:31pm
Chung is being recognized for pathbreaking contributions to the study of proteins involved in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and for mentoring the next generation of synchrotron scientists.

SLAC’s new X-ray beamline aids COVID-19 research

Thu, 2020/07/30 - 1:54pm
Scientists are deploying this state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography facility to study biological molecules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How clean water technologies could get a boost from X-ray synchrotrons

Mon, 2020/07/27 - 9:15am
In a new perspective, SLAC and University of Paderborn scientists argue that research at synchrotrons could help improve water-purifying materials in ways that might not otherwise be possible.

SLAC’s Amy Cordones-Hahn and Brendan O’Shea receive DOE Early Career Awards

Tue, 2020/06/23 - 6:26pm
The prestigious awards provide at least $2.5 million over five years in support of their work in understanding photochemical reactions and improving accelerator beams.

SLAC and Stanford scientists home in on pairs of atoms that boost a catalyst’s activity

Mon, 2020/06/22 - 1:33pm
They discovered the messy environment of a chemical reaction can actually change the shape of a catalytic nanoparticle in a way that makes it more active.

Untangling a key step in photosynthetic oxygen production

Wed, 2020/05/20 - 10:19am
Understanding nature’s process could inform the next generation of artificial photosynthetic systems that produce clean and renewable energy from sunlight and water.

Computer vision helps SLAC scientists study lithium ion batteries

Fri, 2020/05/08 - 5:00am
New machine learning methods bring insights into how lithium ion batteries degrade, and show it’s more complicated than many thought.

A new machine learning method streamlines particle accelerator operations

Wed, 2020/04/29 - 8:38am
It combines human knowledge and expertise with the speed and efficiency of “smart” computer algorithms.

SLAC joins the global fight against COVID-19

Thu, 2020/04/16 - 11:19am
The lab is responding to the coronavirus crisis by imaging disease-related biomolecules, developing standards for reliable coronavirus testing and enabling other essential research.

Researchers identify new culprit for Minamata mercury poisoning tragedy

Fri, 2020/02/21 - 8:00am
The 1950s and ‘60s poisoning event was long attributed to methylmercury, but studies at SLAC suggest a different compound was to blame. The findings could reshape toxicologists’ understanding of disease related to mercury poisoning.

Researchers show how electric fields affect a molecular twist within light-sensitive proteins

Wed, 2020/02/12 - 9:13am
A better understanding of this phenomenon, which is crucial to many processes that occur in biological systems and materials, could enable researchers to develop light-sensitive proteins for areas such as biological imaging and optogenetics.

How iron carbenes store energy from sunlight – and why they aren’t better at it

Thu, 2020/02/06 - 10:14am
These inexpensive photosensitizers could make solar power and chemical manufacturing more efficient. Experiments at SLAC offer insight into how they work.

Rust offers a cheap way to filter arsenic-poisoned water

Thu, 2020/01/30 - 10:00am
In regions that lack the resources to treat the contaminated water, it can lead to disease, cancer, and even death.

Scientists discover how proteins form crystals that tile a microbe’s shell

Tue, 2019/12/17 - 4:11pm
A new understanding of the nucleation process could shed light on how the shells help microbes interact with their environments, and help people design self-assembling nanostructures for various tasks.

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