A Note from Steve Dierker
Happy New Year!
Even though Brookhaven Lab operates within the federal fiscal cycle, which begins anew every October 1, the month of January always feels like a new beginning. As we look ahead, however, we should also take a moment to review the past year.
In June 2011, Peter Siddons and colleagues won an R&D 100 Award for development of the Maia x-ray microprobe, which has revolutionized our ability to do high-speed spectroscopic imaging.
Then, in September 2011, DOE announced ARPA-E grants for energy research. We learned that Dario Arena is part of the consortium that won a grant to develop a new class of permanent magnets that do not contain any rare-earth elements.
Here is a sampling of other science highlights during the year, marked by publications in high-profile journals.
- Protein Shows How Plants Keep Their Mouths Shut (Nature)
- New Highly Stable Fuel-Cell Catalyst Gets Strength from its Nano Core (Angewandte Chemie)
- Activated Graphene Makes Superior Supercapacitors for Energy Storage (Science)
- Rare Coupling of Magnetic and Electric Properties in a Single Material (Physical Review Letters)
- Bacterial Protein Caught in the Act of Secreting Sticky Appendages (Nature)
- Injecting Electrons into a Single Sheet of Carbon Atoms through Chemical Substitution (Science)
And here are some milestones and notable events that occurred in FY11.
- Photon Sciences Directorate created
- Celebration to mark closing of ring building
- Contract placed for the first round of insertion devices
- NSLS-II Project Passes First Occupancy Evaluation
- Three milestones celebrated: 50 percent completion of NSLS-II Project, beneficial occupancy of the first section of ring building, placement of first magnet girder in ring building
- Local high-tech company wins $6.5-million contract to build RF cavities for NSLS-II
- Energy Secretary Chu visits NSLS-II
- Users’ Executive Committee represents NSLS, NSLS-II in Washington, DC, exhibition
- Brookhaven Lab announces $7.8-million refrigeration contract for NSLS-II
- NSLS-II opens to Summer Sunday visitors
- $5.2-million contract goes to New Jersey company to build hutches for NSLS-II
As you can see, we had a full year and a good year.
In the near future, we expect to take beneficial occupancy of the fifth and last section of the NSLS-II ring building. Other milestones are coming up.