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

Rational Optimization of Organic Solar-Cell Materials

Researchers have established a new quantitative model that connects molecular interactions in organic solar-cell materials to device performance. The work suggests a way to quickly identify ideal material mixtures and processing methods, bypassing trial-and-error strategies and minimizing labor-intensive synthesis. Read more »


ALS Doctoral Fellowship Applications Due Jun. 30

ALS Doctoral Fellowships in Residence allow early-career researchers to spend a year at the ALS working at the frontier of synchrotron radiation research and helping advance state-of-the-art techniques and applications.

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Steve Kevan Named Next Director of the Advanced Light Source

After an international search, Stephen “Steve” Kevan has been named the new director of the Advanced Light Source. Kevan, a condensed matter physicist, had served as ALS director in an interim capacity since January. Previously, Kevan was the ALS division deputy for science for more than five years. Read more »

ALS Passes the 7000-Protein Milestone

The eight structural biology beamlines at the ALS have now collectively deposited over 7000 proteins into the Protein Data Bank (PDB), a worldwide, open-access repository of protein structures. The 7000th ALS protein (entry no. 6C7C) is an enzyme from Mycobacterium ulcerans (strain Agy99), solved with data from Beamline 5.0.2. Read more »

Will Chueh, Assistant Professor and UEC Chair

For more than 10 years, Will Chueh has been an ALS user. He started coming to the ALS as a grad student using one technique, and now, as an assistant professor at Stanford University, his group uses multiple techniques and multiple user facilities to better understand energy storage materials. Read more »


ALS to Host DLSR Workshop Oct. 29-31

Registration is now open for the 6th International Diffraction-Limited Storage Ring Workshop. The workshop will address both the technical challenges and the new research opportunities at fourth-generation x-ray facilities enabled by multibend achromat lattices.


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