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Scientists report two advances in understanding the role of ‘charge stripes’ in superconducting materials

Fri, 2019/08/16 - 12:59pm
The studies could lead to a new understanding of how high-temperature superconductors operate.

How the catalytic converters in cars go bad and why it matters

Tue, 2019/08/13 - 12:51pm
A new way to arrange the hard-working atoms in this part of an exhaust system could lower the cost of curbing pollution from automotive engines.

Scientists create artificial catalysts inspired by living enzymes

Mon, 2019/08/05 - 10:21am
Stanford researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts for making cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial scale.

Arianna Gleason and Diana Gamzina receive DOE Early Career Research grants

Thu, 2019/08/01 - 10:00am
The SLAC scientists will each receive $2.5 million for their research on fusion energy and advanced radiofrequency technology.

Hans-Georg Steinrück receives 2019 Spicer Award for energy storage research at SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron

Fri, 2019/07/26 - 8:39am
This early-career scientist has undertaken challenging projects with significant implications for lithium-ion batteries.

First snapshots of trapped CO2 molecules shed new light on carbon capture

Wed, 2019/06/26 - 9:16am
A new twist on cryo-EM imaging reveals what’s going on inside MOFs, highly porous nanoparticles with big potential for storing fuel, separating gases and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Scientists make first high-res movies of proteins forming crystals in a living cell

Fri, 2019/06/21 - 11:58am
A close-up look at how microbes build their crystalline shells has implications for understanding how cell structures form, preventing disease and developing nanotechnology.

Researchers get most comprehensive view yet of lithium-ion battery electrode damage

Mon, 2019/06/03 - 8:53am
What they learned could help manufacturers design more reliable and longer-lasting batteries for smartphones and cars.

A day in the life of a synchrotron duty operator

Wed, 2019/05/29 - 8:53am
For mechanical engineer Sarah Edwards, SSRL is the ultimate classic car.

In a first, researchers identify reddish coloring in an ancient fossil – a 3-million-year-old mouse

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 1:08am
X-rays reveal an extinct mouse was dressed in brown to reddish fur on its back and sides and had a tiny white tummy.

Capturing the behavior of single-atom catalysts on the move

Tue, 2019/04/23 - 2:09pm
Scientists precisely control where single-atom catalysts sit on their support structures, and show how changing their position affects their reactivity.

A day in the life of a midnight beam master

Tue, 2019/04/16 - 8:00am
In SLAC’s accelerator control room, shift lead Ben Ripman and a team of operators fine-tune X-ray beams for science experiments around the clock.

A mile-long graveyard of Jurassic fossils sparks a new international science collaboration

Thu, 2019/03/28 - 10:04am
Researchers will use SLAC’s X-ray light source to probe 150 million-year-old dinosaur fossils at the atomic level.

Cause of Cathode Degradation Identified for Nickel-rich Materials

Fri, 2019/03/15 - 9:33am
Combination of research methods reveals causes of capacity fading, giving scientists better insight to design advanced batteries for electric vehicles

Untangling a strange phenomenon that both helps and hurts lithium-ion battery performance

Tue, 2019/02/05 - 8:00am
New research offers the first complete picture of why a promising approach of stuffing more lithium into battery cathodes leads to their failure. A better understanding of this phenomenon could be the key to smaller phone batteries and electric cars that drive farther between charges.

Study shows single atoms can make more efficient catalysts

Mon, 2019/01/07 - 8:51am
Detailed observations of iridium atoms at work could help make catalysts that drive chemical reactions smaller, cheaper and more efficient

X-rays show how periods of stress changed an ice age hyena to the bone

Tue, 2018/11/13 - 8:44am
Researchers mapped trace elements within Pleistocene fossils to learn about the life of a long-extinct subspecies of spotted hyena.

Researchers create most complete high-res atomic movie of photosynthesis to date

Wed, 2018/11/07 - 2:32pm
In a major step forward, SLAC’s X-ray laser captures all four stable states of the process that produces the oxygen we breathe, as well as fleeting steps in between. The work opens doors to understanding the past and creating a greener future.

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials provide insight into how solar cells work

Tue, 2018/11/06 - 2:06pm
A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized “hot” technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today’s solar cells.

In materials hit with light, individual atoms and vibrations take disorderly paths

Thu, 2018/11/01 - 9:48am
Revealed for the first time by a new X-ray laser technique, their surprisingly unruly response has profound implications for designing and controlling materials.

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