Berkeley Lab
The Advanced Light Source is a Department of Energy-funded synchrotron facility that provides users from around the world access to the brightest beams of soft x-rays, together with hard x-rays and infrared, for scientific research and technology development in a wide range of disciplines.

Respiratory Virus Study Points to Likely Vaccine Target

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes serious respiratory disease in infants and older adults, but no vaccine is yet available. Researchers have now determined the molecular structures of human antibodies bound to an RSV surface protein, providing a promising route for designing a vaccine effective against a broad range of RSV strains. Read more »

Clarifying the Working Principle of a High-Capacity Battery Electrode

Operando x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments revealed the electrochemical reaction mechanism of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) electrodes in lithium-ion battery cells. The work unambiguously clarifies that the MoS2 conversion reaction is not reversible and that the Li2S formed is converted to sulfur in the first charge process. Read more »

Kevan Anderson, Beamline Controls Lead

Kevan Anderson joined the ALS in August as supervisor of the Beamline Controls Group, which is responsible for supporting the integrated control systems associated with ALS beamlines. Anderson works with a group of software developers who are available to beamline scientists. Read more »

TE Connectivity Uses ALS to Improve Conductive Plastics

TE Connectivity used ALS microtomography capabilities to optimize the material and manufacturing parameters of their conductive plastics to impart good electrical conductivity. Conductive plastics with good electrical properties offer processing and cost benefits over metal alternatives, with applications ranging from automotive to data communications. Read more »