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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-ray and infrared light, for scientific research and technology development in a wide range of disciplines.

A New Way to Determine the 3D Structure of Molecules

Researchers have created a sort of nanoscale display case that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples. The work could help to reveal new structural details for a range of challenging molecules by stabilizing them inside sturdy structures known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). ... Read more »


New UEC Members

The results of the ALS Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) election are in, and six new members have been chosen, including a new student representative. They will each serve on the committee for three years (two years for the student representative), starting on January 1, 2017.

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3D Visualization of the Behavior of Grease Additives

Lubricants help keep civilization running smoothly, but is there room for improvement? With the goal of increasing the life span and lowering the costs of all kinds of mechanical and biological systems, researchers used x-ray microtomography to visualize the behavior of grease additives under working conditions. ... Read more »

Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Tiny, glowing crystals designed to detect and capture heavy-metal toxins such as lead and mercury could prove to be a powerful new tool in locating and cleaning up contaminated water sources. The crystals function like miniature, reusable sensors and traps, and are known as luminescent metal-organic frameworks, or LMOFs. ... Read more »

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2017 ALS Shutdown

Between January 3 and March 20, 2017, the ALS will be closed to users so that facility, beamline, and accelerator upgrades and maintenance can be accomplished.

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