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The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

Earth’s Early Toxic Atmosphere:  In research partly conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source, scientists revealed that Earth’s early atmosphere resembled that found on Venus today, but then evolved differently, providing a better understanding of the early evolution of Earth’s atmosphere that may help scientists identify planets elsewhere in the galaxy that may host living organisms.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

A multi-institution research team working at three U.S. Department of Energy x-ray light sources including the Advanced Photon Source obtained data that define how antibodies can recognize a highly unstable molecule that has been found to play a central role in some forms of cancer, enabling scientists to design ever more efficient antibodies.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Relaxation at the Molecular Level:  Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source may be of great value for uncovering the information needed to identify new treatments for neuromuscular disorders associated with impaired muscle relaxation kinetics.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

A New Method for Probing Material Strength:  In an effort to better understand how materials deform under extreme conditions, researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source have developed a new experimental method for probing large-strain and high strain-rate material strength.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

Direct Observation of Piezomagnetic Domains in Uranium Dioxide:  Only a few crystalline compounds are known to exhibit the rare phenomenon of piezomagnetism. Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source provides new information on the complex relationship between piezomagnetism and crystallographic structure, which could lead to new types of sensors and other electronic devices.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Synthesis of a Potent Antibiotic Follows an Unusual Chemical Pathway:  Images of a protein involved in creating a potent antibiotic reveal the unusual first steps of the antibiotic’s synthesis. These structures, determined at two U.S. Department of Energy x-ray light sources including the Advanced Photon Source, could allow researchers to adapt this and similar compounds for use in human medicine.

Another discovery by users of the Advanced Photon Source

Ironing Out Technetium Contamination:  Millions of medical imaging procedures each year rely on radioactive technetium. One of its radioisotopes, technetium-99, is very long-lived, poses a risk to the environment, and is a potential health threat. Research based in large part on studies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source bring us closer to understanding how high concentrations of technetium-99 can be treated by simple iron, which is inexpensive and readily available.

A Riddle Solved by Research at the Advanced Photon Source

X-ray Tomography Reveals How Solid-State Batteries Charge and Discharge:  Detailed 3-D information from research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source could help improve the reliability and performance of solid-state lithium batteries, which use solid materials to replace the flammable liquid electrolytes in existing lithium-ion batteries.

A technology breakthrough at the Advanced Photon Source

Inside the Black Box of Iron Oxide Formation:  Scientists know that iron hydroxides can capture heavy metals and other toxic materials, and also can be natural semiconductors. While these properties suggest many applications, the full details of how iron hydroxides form on a quartz substrate have been hidden in a “black box” of sorts — until research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon devised a way to open that box and observe the moment iron hydroxide forms on quartz.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

Uncovering New Insights about the Brains of Individuals with Schizophrenia:  Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source was essential to the discovery that neuronal structures that allow neurons to communicate with each other are different in individuals with schizophrenia and that the structural dissimilarity observed varied from patient to patient.

Advanced Photon Source Research with Positive Impacts on Our Health

New Promising Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2:  An international research team carrying out studies at two U.S. Department of Energy x-ray light sources including the Advanced Photon Source has identified and further developed novel antibody fragments against the SARS coronavirus-2. 

FROM THE APS DIRECTOR

Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the APS user program is currently operational to support:

  • Mail-in/remote access work for any research involving low-risk samples and most medium-risk samples as defined on the Experiment Safety Assessment Form.
  • Experiments proposed by users with prior APS experience that cannot be performed remotely and that meet specific criteria. These proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis with no guarantee of approval. Contact apsuser@anl.gov for more information.

Please get in touch with the beamline contact to determine the ability of a specific beamline to support your research.

The health and safety of our employees, users, students, and visitors remains our top priority.  We will continue to monitor and adapt to changing conditions onsite, in the surrounding communities, in our state and nationwide.

Information on APS Operations and General User Programs During the COVID Pandemic