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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.

Molecular Anvils Trigger Chemical Reactions

“Molecular anvils” (diamondoids) were used to trigger chemical reactions using pressure, yielding products that differ from those produced in conventionally driven reactions with the same reactants. The discovery opens up new possibilities for the high-specificity synthesis of valuable but challenging molecules in an environmentally friendly process.
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Daniela Leitner, ALS-U Removal and Installation Lead

Daniela Leitner first came to Berkeley Lab more than 20 years ago and has worked on a variety of research and operations projects in multiple divisions. Most recently, she joined the team of the ALS Upgrade project (ALS-U) as the lead for removal and installation. Read more »

Message from New ALS Director Steve Kevan

I want to thank LBNL management for their vote of confidence in asking me to lead the ALS through a time of transition and renewal, and also many in the ALS community who sent their congratulations and support. I very much look forward to working with the entire community and our DOE program managers to continue the ALS tradition of excellence. Read more »

Beamline Scientist Ethan Crumlin Receives DOE Early Career Award

Ethan Crumlin is one of six Berkeley Lab scientists selected by DOE’s Office of Science to receive Early Career Research Program awards. Crumlin’s award, for “Discovering the Mechanisms and Properties of Electrochemical Reactions at Solid/Liquid Interfaces,” will combine operando spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, modeling, and computation to gain insight into interactions between electrodes and electrolytes. Read more »

3D Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions

A new tool lets researchers pinpoint the locations of chemical reactions happening inside batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale level. Combining ptychography, tomography, and spectroscopy, Nanosurveyor 1 is a multidimensional tool providing novel insight into the design of next-generation batteries and devices. 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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