ALS Director Dimitri Argyriou has not only settled into life in the Bay Area, he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the ALS community, meeting and planning with staff, users, and beyond. At every occasion, he has been impressed and excited by their enthusiasm and dedication, which will be crucial for the success of the ALS of the future. Read more »
ALSNews Vol. 455
January 31, 2024
Researchers found flat electronic band structures—known hallmarks of electrons trapped in two dimensions—but in a material that extends this phenomenon to three dimensions. The work opens up a material framework for exploring superconductivity and other exotic states in three dimensions for advanced electronic applications. Read more »
Using the ALS, researchers found quantitative correlations between processing parameters and the structure of ultrafine, polymer-reinforced carbon-nanotube fibers. The work will facilitate the production of high-strength materials, including those needed for positioning target capsules for fusion research at the National Ignition Facility. Read more »
High-energy Li-ion batteries can provide both high capacity and high voltage, both of which are important in electric vehicles for greater range and faster acceleration. Here, researchers untangled the contributions of nickel and cobalt in high-energy Li-rich battery cathodes, pointing the way to optimizing them via a compositional approach. Read more »
Burning of natural gas at oil and gas wells, called flaring, is a major waste of fossil fuels and a contributor to climate change. In this work, researchers synthesized and characterized a metal-organic framework that uses biomimetic chemistry to convert wellhead gases into economically valuable feedstocks for petrochemical products. Read more »
Living in the Santa Cruz mountains, Quentin Williams spends a lot of time tending to projects on the Earth’s surface, but his professional interests lie thousands of kilometers below. His geosciences research led him to become a long-time user of the ALS, where he is serving as the UEC chair for 2024. Learn more about his work and hear his advice for other ALS users. Read more »
The User Office is accepting new General User Proposals (GUPs) from scientists who wish to conduct research at the ALS in the 2024-2 (August–December) cycle. The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2024. Applicants are reminded that they may request joint access to the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility at Berkeley Lab, to support their ALS activities. Read more »
Reminder! If coming onsite to conduct experiments, you must register your arrival date 3 weeks (U.S. citizens) or 6 weeks (non-U.S. citizens) before your experiment to guarantee access. A calculator is now provided in ALSHub to show you how many weeks in advance you are requesting access. Read more »
In recognition of a lack of representation for the biosciences on the Users’ Executive Committee, a special election was held in accordance with UEC bylaws, and Grant Shoffner was selected to represent the biosciences community for a one-year term (2024).
Last week the ALS hosted directors and staff from the five DOE-BES light sources and, for the first time, the Oak Ridge neutron sources, turning the traditional “5-way” directors’ meeting into a “6-way.” Discussions covered strategic and operational topics of common interest, spanning data and computing, instrumentation, strategic planning, metrics, user processes, and business and administrative practices.