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Connecting the Dots Between Material Properties and Qubit Performance
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Scientists identified structural and chemical defects that may be causing quantum information loss—an obstacle to practical quantum computation.
Researchers "Watch" Molten Salts Carve Tiny Nooks and Tunnels into Metal Alloys in 3D
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
The study helps explain corrosion by molten salts, knowledge that is critical for developments in nuclear and solar energy technologies.
Brookhaven Lab and Euclid Techlabs to Develop Coated Cathodes for Electron-Ion Collider
Monday, September 20, 2021
The protective coatings are intended to extend the lifetime of the materials for applications in nuclear physics facilities.
Fueling Scientific Discovery and Communication
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
This year’s virtual National Synchrotron Light Source II & Center for Functional Nanomaterials Users' Meeting featured 12 scientific workshops and two plenary sessions, showing the breadth of scientific discoveries at both national user facilities.
The Mystery of the Flexible Shell
Friday, September 10, 2021
Understanding how a marine animal’s shell dynamically adapts its mechanical properties could inform stimuli-responsive materials design.
X-ray Technique Sheds Fresh Light on Correlated Metals
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A team of researchers used resonant inelastic x-ray spectroscopy to study correlated metals.
Toward Scaling Up Nanocages to Trap Noble Gases
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Commercially available materials may be a potentially scalable platform for trapping gases for nuclear energy and other applications.
Summer Sundays Offer Virtual Tour of Brookhaven Lab
Friday, August 20, 2021
Missed the live Summer Sundays events? Video replays are available now.
Layered Graphene with a Twist Displays Unique Quantum Confinement in 2-D
Friday, August 20, 2021
Understanding how electrons move in 2-D layered material systems could lead to advances in quantum computing and communication.
Through the Thin-film Glass, Researchers Spot a New Liquid Phase
Friday, August 13, 2021
A new study on thin films of glass shows how they can be fabricated to be denser and more stable, providing a framework for new applications and devices through better design.
Tracking Pileups on Battery Charging Route to Drive Performance
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
An understanding of this mechanism could help scientists increase the total amount of energy stored by next-generation lithium-ion batteries.
Student Researchers Published Study on Micrometeorites
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The team used x-rays to help understand these extraterrestrial particles that explain the geology and chemistry of Earth and beyond.
Shih-Ting (Christine) Wang: Designing Materials for Biomedicine
Monday, August 2, 2021
Using DNA-based assembly, the CFN postdoc has assembled functional proteins into ordered lattices and coated nanostructures for drug delivery.
Automatically Steering Experiments Toward Scientific Discovery
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Scientists have been developing an automated experimental setup of data collection, analysis, and decision making.
Berkeley Lab's CAMERA Leads International Effort on Autonomous Scientific Discoveries
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The team’s autonomous method has been deployed at several x-ray and neutron scattering facilities.
Understanding the Physics in New Metals
Monday, July 19, 2021
Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new method for complex X-ray studies that will aid in better understanding so-called correlated metals.
Virtual Summer Sundays Return
Friday, July 2, 2021
For Summer Sundays 2021, Brookhaven Lab is hosting three virtual events featuring guided facility tours and live Q&As with scientists.
Recreating a Step in the Evolution of Viruses
Thursday, July 1, 2021
An international team of researchers has shed new light on the way viruses evolved highly effective ways of spreading disease.
Exploring the Electrochemistry of Water-Based Batteries
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Research on a rechargeable, water-based battery paves a new path towards grid-scale energy storage.
Solar Energy Collectors Grown From Seeds
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Scientists used tiny pieces of 2-D crystals to grow stable, high-efficiency photovoltaic thin films.
Putting Functional Proteins in Their Place
Friday, June 25, 2021
Using DNA, scientists organized bioactive proteins in desired 2-D and 3-D ordered arrays—promising for structural biology, biomedicine, and more.
Unraveling the Origin of Alzheimer's Disease
Monday, June 21, 2021
Researchers find new hints that could explain how the disease spreads in human brains.
Scientists Discover New Approach to Stabilize Cathode Materials
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Chemists studied an elusive material property and confirmed its ability to stabilize cathodes for next-gene electric vehicle batteries.
Physicists Uncover Secrets of World's Thinnest Superconductor
Friday, May 28, 2021
Scientists report the first experimental evidence that explains the unusual electronic behavior behind the world’s thinnest superconductor.
Research Team Develops New Class of Soft Materials
Monday, May 24, 2021
A team of materials scientists at the University of Virginia School of Engineering has developed a soft material with promise of new treatments in the future.
NSLS-II User Profile: Geneva Laurita, Bates College
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Geneva Laurita leverages the high energy x-rays, rapid data acquisition rates, and advanced research techniques available at NSLS-II.
Massive Fragment Screen Points Way to New SARS-CoV-2 Inhibitors
Friday, May 7, 2021
Experiment with 2533 fragments compounds generates chemical map to future antiviral agents.
Brookhaven Lab and Northrop Grumman to Further Lab-Industry Collaborations
Monday, May 3, 2021
Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Technologist in Residence program, they will partner on quantum materials research.
ANSTO's X-ray Techniques Support Improvements in Solar
Friday, April 30, 2021
Advanced X-ray techniques have revealed new structural details about the specific arrangement of atoms in conjugated polymers.
Safely Probing Chernobyl Fuel Simulants with X-rays
Monday, April 26, 2021
Ultrabright x-rays at NSLS-II reveal the chemical makeup of simulated nuclear materials, informing better containment strategies.
Synthesis Method Expands Material Possibilities
Friday, April 23, 2021
Scientists are making inorganic and organic-inorganic materials with tunable properties for energy, microelectronics, and other applications.
AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
High-throughput X-ray diffraction measurements generate huge amounts of data. The agent renders them usable more quickly.
Mapping Performance Variations to See How Lithium-Metal Batteries Fail
Monday, April 19, 2021
These batteries, of interest for long-range electric vehicles, have high energy density but lose capacity after many cycles.
Howard-Brookhaven Partnership Empowers Minorities in STEM
Friday, April 16, 2021
Model collaboration advances the capabilities of research institutions while increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in STEM.
Mutant Gene-Targeted Immunotherapy Approach Developed
Friday, April 2, 2021
A novel targeted immunotherapy approach employs new antibodies against genetically altered proteins to target cancers.
Brookhaven to Receive Department of Energy Funding for Battery Manufacturing
Thursday, April 1, 2021
$1.7 million in federal funding will help scale up the processing technologies for manufacturing lithium-ion battery cathodes.
Game on: Science Edition
Thursday, March 25, 2021
After AIs mastered Go and Super Mario, Brookhaven scientists have taught them how to “play” experiments at NSLS-II.
Building Tough 3D Nanomaterials with DNA
Friday, March 19, 2021
The materials can withstand harsh conditions, making them promising for electronics, energy, and other applications.
Argonne Scientists Help Explain Phenomenon in Hardware That Could Revolutionize AI
Monday, March 15, 2021
A team of scientists from national laboratories and universities has developed a device that can sort information similarly to the most sophisticated machine known to mankind: the human brain.
Celebrate Pi Day with MoMath and NSLS-II
Sunday, March 14, 2021
The National Museum of Mathematics and Brookhaven Lab teamed up to offer educational Pi Day challenges related to NSLS-II.
AFRL Launches Collaborative Biosensor Effort to Detect Stress and Fatigue Biomarkers
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The Air Force Research Laboratory recently kicked off a $2 million partnership with Case Western Reserve University. The joint project will accelerate biosensor development, with an emphasis on the detection of biomarkers for stress and fatigue.
Virtual Talk, Q&A: COVID-19 Research at Brookhaven Lab
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Meet three scientists leading COVID-19 research at Brookhaven Lab on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Chemists Settle Battery Debate, Propel Research Forward
Thursday, January 28, 2021
New findings on a battery reaction mechanism could facilitate the development of better batteries for electric vehicles.
Scientists Streamline Process for Controlling Spin Dynamics
Monday, January 18, 2021
Researchers discovered the thickness of magnetic materials can act as a “knob” for fine-tuning spin dynamics.
Science Begins at Brookhaven Lab's New Cryo-EM Research Facility
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Brookhaven Lab’s Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure is now open for experiments with visiting researchers using two NY State-funded cryo-electron microscopes.
Brookhaven Lab's Top-10 Stories of 2020
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
With all the remarkable changes and challenges that took place in 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory had a banner year in science.
Nikhil Tiwale: Practicing the Art of Nanofabrication
Monday, December 21, 2020
Applying his passions for science and art, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials postdoc is fabricating new microelectronics components.
Single-Crystal Technology Holds Promise for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Researchers create high-performance single-crystal nickel-rich cathodes, identify cause of harmful ‘crystal gliding’ in batteries that power electric vehicles
Driving Water Splitting to Create Chemical Fuels
Monday, December 7, 2020
Scientists improved the performance of an electrode material for converting solar energy to hydrogen—an energy-dense and clean-burning fuel.
Exploring Blended Materials Along Compositional Gradients
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
A new platform could accelerate the development of blended materials with desired properties.
Quantum X-ray Microscope Underway at Brookhaven Lab
Monday, November 23, 2020
Researchers at NSLS-II will use the quantum properties of x-rays to “ghost image” biomolecules.
Making 3-D Nanosuperconductors with DNA
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The tiny architectures, which can conduct electricity without resistance, could find application in quantum computers and sensors
A New Approach for Studying Electric Charge Arrangements in a Superconductor
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
X-ray scattering yields new information on “charge density waves”
National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory Symposium, October 28
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Attend a virtual symposium highlighting how DOE’s unique strengths are helping to tackle the biotechnology challenges of COVID-19
IBM Investigates Microelectronics at NSLS-II
Monday, October 26, 2020
IBM researchers used the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at NSLS-II to visualize strain in a new architecture for next-generation microelectronics
In Memoriam: Christopher Amundsen
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Christopher Amundsen, a mechanical engineer in Brookhaven Lab’s Photon Sciences Directorate, died on Oct. 18, 2019. He was 42.
In Memoriam: Peter Zuhoski, Jr.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Peter Zuhoski, Jr. of Wading River, N.Y., a senior electrical engineer at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), died on July 19, 2019. He was 68.
Novel Cell Membrane Model Could Be Key to Uncovering New Protein Properties
Thursday, September 24, 2020
X-rays at Brookhaven Lab and neutrons at Oak Ridge confirm structure of artificial membrane that can be used to study how lipids affect proteins
Sharing Science Online: Watch Brookhaven's Summer Sundays Series
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Missed the virtual Summer Sundays series? Check out the replays for scientist Q&As and video tours of NSLS-II, CFN, and RHIC.
Brookhaven Lab's Evgeny Nazaretski Named a Battelle 'Inventor of the Year'
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The award recognizes Nazaretski’s achievements in synchrotron light source instrumentation developments
NSLS-II User Profile: Joshua Carter, CEO of Helix BioStructures
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Helix BioStructures CEO Joshua Carter leverages the fast-paced, industrial capabilities of NSLS-II.
Microwaving New Materials
Friday, September 4, 2020
Reeja Jayan has made a breakthrough in our understanding of how microwaves affect materials chemistry, laying the groundwork for tailor-made ceramic materials with new electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties.
Summer Students Tackle COVID-19
Monday, August 31, 2020
Virtual summer research programs at Brookhaven Lab offer meaningful opportunities for high-school and college students to engage in a global science challenge.
White House Office of Technology Policy, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Announce Over $1 Billion in Awards for Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Information Science Research Institutes
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Brookhaven Lab will lead one of five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers.
Brookhaven Lab to Lead Quantum Research Center
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Through hardware-software co-design, the center—one of five awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy—will advance quantum computing.
Brookhaven Lab Partners in New $40 M Research Center to Convert Sunlight to Liquid Fuels
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Scientists aim to advance the design and performance of hybrid molecular-semiconductor photoelectrodes by integrating molecular catalysts with semiconductor surfaces
Department of Energy funds milestone North Carolina-led initiative to advance solar energy research
Friday, July 31, 2020
Brookhaven Lab will bring expertise in catalysis and artificial photosynthesis and access to world-class research tools to collaborative research on solar-to-fuel energy conversion.
Ready to Join the Fight Against COVID-19
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
NY State-funded cryo-electron microscopes at Brookhaven Lab’s Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure are now open for COVID-19-related research
Investigating 3D-Printed Structures in Real Time
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Scientists used ultrabright x-rays to watch the developing structure of a 3D-printed part evolve during the printing process
Upcoming Webinar—See The Light: The National Synchrotron Light Source and Other Tools of Discovery
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
New York City-based Urban Tech Hub will continue its summer webinar series with “See The Light: The National Synchrotron Light Source and Other Tools of Discovery” on Thursday, July 23.
Predicting X-ray Absorption Spectra from Graphs
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Scientists built a machine learning model that can rapidly predict how atoms absorb x-rays for materials science research.
Brookhaven and Forge Nano to Mature Noble Gas-Trapping Technology
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Through DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund, the national lab-startup team will develop “nanocages” for nuclear applications.
Lab Resolves Origin of Perovskite Instability
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Researchers have demystified the reasons for instability in an inorganic perovskite that has attracted wide attention for its potential in creating highly efficient solar cells.
Apart Yet Together: Virtual 2020 NSLS-II & CFN Users' Meeting
Friday, June 26, 2020
A record-breaking number of attendees gathered virtually at the NSLS-II & CFN Users’ Meeting to discuss the most recent developments in photon science and nanoscience.
New Effort to Link Plant Genes to Functions in Bioenergy Crops
Friday, June 19, 2020
Quantitative Plant Science Initiative aims to decode functions of genes to guide breeding, engineering of sustainable bioenergy crops
World's X-ray Facilities Team up to Battle COVID-19
Monday, June 15, 2020
A group of the world’s best X-ray science facilities, including NSLS-II, has developed a strategy for cooperatively combating COVID-19.
Inside Brookhaven National Lab's COVID-19 Quest
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Newsday Opinion video documents Brookhaven Lab scientists’ around-the-clock efforts to map and halt the coronavirus
Artificial intelligence is energy-hungry. New hardware could curb its appetite.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Sharing intelligence features between hardware and software could offset the energy needed for advanced AI applications.
Brookhaven Biochemist Receives Prestigious Award for Plant Lipid Research
Monday, May 4, 2020
Early-career recognition for Jantana Keereetaweep’s efforts to unravel biochemical pathways that control oil synthesis in plants
Stabilizing High-Efficiency Solar Cells
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
A new processing method helps the devices maintain their initial efficiency over time under continuous exposure to light or heat.
Capturing Images of Life on Brookhaven's Wild Side
Friday, April 24, 2020
In his off hours, Rodger Hubbard from NSLS-II’s Accelerator Division captures breathtaking photos of wildlife he spots on site
New Cathode Material Locks In Oxygen
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
New cathode material with a continuous gradient of lithium concentration prevents battery failure from oxygen release
Meet Christine Ali: Military War Veteran and Chemical Engineer
Friday, April 17, 2020
From setting up fuel stations for the U.S. Army in Iraq to monitoring complex gas-delivery systems at NSLS-II
Two is Better Than One
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Scientists fit two co-catalysts on one nanosheet for better water purification.
Cell Membrane Proteins Imaged in 3-D
Monday, April 13, 2020
Scientists used lanthanide-binding tags to image proteins at the level of a cell membrane, opening new doors for studies on health and medicine.
Brookhaven Lab Mobilizes Resources in Fight Against COVID-19
Monday, April 6, 2020
Brookhaven Lab scientists and staff combine expertise across disciplines and use Lab’s unique facilities to address drug development, medical supplies, information processing, and more
Quantum Effect Triggers Unusual Material Expansion
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Findings about a material that expands dramatically when cooled should open new avenues for designing alloys for aviation and other applications.
Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Loading single platinum atoms on titanium dioxide promotes the conversion of a plant derivative into a potential biofuel.
Happy 100th Birthday to Ernest Courant
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Brookhaven Lab celebrates the father of modern particle accelerators
Protecting DNA Origami for Anti-Cancer Drug Delivery
Monday, March 9, 2020
Scientists designed tunable molecular coatings to promote the structural integrity and functionality of 3-D DNA nanostructures for biomedicine.
A Material's Insulating Properties Can Be Tuned at Will
Friday, February 28, 2020
MIT scientists designed a device that can vary its thermal conductivity on demand.
Defects in Magnetic Nanoparticles May Improve Cancer Treatment
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Brookhaven scientists have uncovered key details of magnetic nanoparticles that may improve their use in an innovative cancer treatment
Light Sources Form Data Solution Task Force
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
New collaboration between scientists at the five DOE light source facilities will develop flexible software to easily process big data
Meet Liguo Wang, Scientific Operations Director of LBMS
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Biologist Liguo Wang has been named the scientific operations director of the Laboratory for Biomolecular Structure.
NSLS-II Achieves Design Beam Current of 500 Milliamperes
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Accelerator division enables new record current during studies
Nano-objects of Desire: Assembling Ordered Nanostructures in 3-D
Monday, January 13, 2020
A new DNA-programmable nanofabrication platform organizes inorganic or biological nanocomponents in the same prescribed ways.
Top-10 Science and Technology Achievements of 2019
Monday, January 6, 2020
From building a quantum network testbed to delving deeper into proton spin, here are the Lab’s top 10 advances of the year.
Monday, December 23, 2019
On behalf of Brookhaven Science Associates, we wish you peace and the excitement of discovery this holiday season and in the new year.
Camouflage Made of Quantum Material Could Hide You From Infrared Cameras
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Brookhaven scientist Jurek Sadowski and university collaborators discovered a material that can mask its heat properties from infrared cameras.
LI High School Students Solve Protein Structures at Brookhaven's Light Source
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Knowledge gained at world-class research facility could open doors to new treatments for diseases and advance careers of young scientists
Meet Alessandra Colli: Engineering Improvements in 3-D-printed Metals
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Alessandra Colli seeks to merge materials risk analysis with data collected at world-class science tools to improve safety, reliability, and opportunities in metal additive manufacturing
Turning Up the Heat to Create New Nanostructured Metals
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The metallic thin films with 3-D interlocking nanostructures could be used in catalysis, energy storage, and biomedical sensing.
A Superconductor That "Remembers" its Electronic Charge Arrangement
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
New information on charge order in a high-temperature superconductor may lead to a fuller understanding of these materials’ electronic behavior
NSLS-II Celebrates its 5th Anniversary
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Five years ago, the National Synchrotron Light Source II achieved “first light”—its first successful delivery of x-ray beams.
Scientists discover fractal patterns in a quantum material
Friday, October 18, 2019
A fractal is any geometric pattern that occurs again and again, at different sizes and scales, within the same object. This “self-similarity” can be seen throughout nature, for example in a snowflake’s edge, a river network, the splitting veins in a fern, and the crackling forks of lightning.
Two Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named DOE Office of Science Distinguished Fellows
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Higgs theorist Sally Dawson and catalysis researcher José Rodriguez will receive $1 million each to advance their work.
Chemistry Postdoc Receives Battery500 Young Investigator Award
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Zulipiya Shadike will receive $50K in funding for research aimed at improving batteries for electric vehicles
Following the Data Trail to Accelerated Discovery
Friday, October 4, 2019
Software tracking how data were generated and transformed will enable better science.
PubSci at the Parrish Merges Science, Art, and Music
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
At an event held on Sept. 6, a scientist, artists, and composers discussed their approaches to representing nanoscience data.
Toward Collaborative Scientific Computing
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Brookhaven is provisioning a suite of software tools and enabling technologies to enable collaboration among geographically dispersed scientists.
Rice Reactor Turns Greenhouse Gas Into Pure Liquid Fuel
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
New electrocatalysis reactor recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity.
Smarter Experiments for Faster Materials Discovery
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Scientists created a new AI algorithm for making measurement decisions; autonomous approach could revolutionize scientific experiments
AFRL Looks to Fine Tune Process of 3D Printing Composite Inks
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Scientists from the Air Force Research Laboratory came to NSLS-II to improve 3-D printing.
Enhancing Materials for Hi-Res Patterning to Advance Microelectronics
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Scientists created organic-inorganic materials for transferring ultrasmall features into silicon with a high aspect ratio.
Brookhaven Lab and University of Delaware Begin Joint Initiative
Monday, August 12, 2019
The two-year initiative will bring together scientists from both institutions to study rice soil chemistry and quantum materials.
Transforming Advanced Nanoscience Data into Interactive Art
Monday, July 29, 2019
A scientist, an artist, and a computer music professor combined 3-D printing, sound, and virtual reality to represent nanoscience data.
Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries: Visit NSLS-II on July 21
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Tour the source of some of the world’s brightest x-rays, the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Optimizing the Growth of Coatings on Nanowire Catalysts
Monday, July 8, 2019
A chemical surface treatment boosts the catalytic activity of the wire-looking nanostructures for a key reaction in solar fuel production.
The Best is Yet to Come: The 2019 NSLS-II/CFN Users' Meeting
Friday, July 5, 2019
Researchers from various scientific fields came together to discuss their newest results and projects at Brookhaven Lab
The Mantis Shrimp's Perfect Shield
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The mantis shrimp’s perfect shield is inspiring a new class of lightweight, impact-resistant materials.
Creating 'Movies' of Thin Film Growth at NSLS-II
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Coherent x-rays at NSLS-II enable researchers to produce more accurate observations of thin film growth in real time
New Core-Shell Catalyst for Ethanol Fuel Cells
Friday, June 7, 2019
New catalyst greatly boosts efficiency of ethanol electro-oxidation, offering promise for liquid-fuel-cell-powered drones.
Scientists Design Organic Cathode for High Performance Batteries
Thursday, May 30, 2019
The new, sulfur-based material is more energy-dense, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than traditional cathodes.
Ten Years and Nearly a Billion Dollars: How Project Management Made a Massive X-Ray Light Source Possible
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The $912-million NSLS-II project put the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s project management skills to the test.
Nanoscale Sculpturing Leads to Unusual Packing of Nanocubes
Friday, May 17, 2019
Brookhaven and Columbia scientists found that cubic nanoparticles surrounded by thick DNA shells pack in a never-before-seen “zigzag” pattern.
New Approach for Solving Protein Structures from Tiny Crystals
Friday, May 3, 2019
New technique opens the door for studies of countless hard-to-crystallize proteins involved in health and disease.
Meet NSLS-II's Lisa Miller
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Miller manages NSLS-II’s outreach efforts and uses the facility’s ultrabright x-rays to study neurological protein-misfolding diseases.
New Lens System for Brighter, Sharper Diffraction Images
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Researchers from Brookhaven Lab designed, implemented, and applied a new and improved focusing system for electron diffraction measurements.
Catalyst Renders Nerve Agents Harmless
Monday, April 22, 2019
Scientists have studied a catalyst that decomposes nerve agents, eliminating their harmful and lethal effects.
Meet Diane Hatton: Project Planning, Tracking, and Team Building—the Secrets to Success
Monday, April 15, 2019
Diane Hatton is bringing what she learned on the NSLS-II project to new endeavors at Brookhaven Lab.
Our Favorite Elements
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the chart of the chemical elements, the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table. To celebrate, we’ve asked Lab staff to talk about their favorite element and why it’s important to them. Check out our new interactive periodic table to see what they said!
Illuminating Water Filtration
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Researchers using ultrabright x-rays reveal the molecular structure of membranes used to purify seawater into drinking water.
Lithium Ions Flow Through Solid Material
Monday, March 25, 2019
Scientists have merged materials science and condensed matter physics in a study of a promising solid material that conducts lithium ions.
Meet Gretchen Cisco: User Administrator of NSLS-II
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
As the user administrator of NSLS-II, Cisco coordinates the experience of nearly 1,500 visiting researchers annually.
From Intern to Mentor: Meet NSLS-II's Christopher Guerrero
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Christopher Guerrero of NSLS-II is eager to help inspire future scientists and engineers.
Cause of Cathode Degradation Identified for Nickel-rich Materials
Friday, March 15, 2019
New findings on cathode degradation could lead to the development of more affordable and better performing batteries for electric vehicles.
Synchrotron Tools Aid NETL Research On Converting CO2 Into Useful Products
Friday, March 8, 2019
NETL researchers conducted advanced x-ray characterization techniques at NSLS-II to study materials that convert CO2 into value-added products.
NETL Develops an Improved Process for Creating Building Blocks for $200 Billion Per Year Chemical Industry Market
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
National Energy Technology Laboratory researchers came to Brookhaven’s NSLS-II and CFN to characterize a new catalyst.
Meet Catherine Trewhella: Mapping Terrestrial Analogs for Martian Samples
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Internships at Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II helped turn her love for rocks into serious study.
Top 10 Discoveries of 2018
Monday, January 7, 2019
From uncovering mysteries of the universe to building better batteries, here are Brookhaven Lab’s top 10 discoveries of 2018.
Illuminating Nanoparticle Growth with X-rays
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Ultrabright x-rays at NSLS-II reveal key details of catalyst growth for more efficient hydrogen fuel cells.
Lighting the Way to Centralized Computing Support for Photon Science
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
At a workshop hosted by Brookhaven, scientists and IT specialists discussed best practices for managing data from light source facilities.
Construction Starts on New Cryo-EM Center at Brookhaven Lab
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Called the Laboratory of BioMolecular Structure, the new center will offer world-leading imaging capabilities for life sciences research.
Reflecting Antiferromagnetic Arrangements
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
An x-ray imaging technique could help scientists understand the magnetic structure of promising materials for “spin”-based electronics.
Student Exchange Program Established to Honor Late World-Renowned Physicist, Satoshi Ozaki
Monday, December 3, 2018
New graduate student exchange program in honor of late physicist Satoshi Ozaki will help strengthen scientific collaborations between the US and Japan.
Using Hydrogen Ions to Manipulate Magnetism on the Molecular Scale
Friday, November 30, 2018
A team of researchers has determined how to use hydrogen ions to electrically control magnetism within a thin sample of a magnetic material.
Brookhaven Lab Scientist, Science Communicator Named AAAS Fellows
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has recognized two staff members from Brookhaven National Laboratory with the distinction of Fellow.
Light-Activated, Single-Ion Catalyst Breaks Down Carbon Dioxide
Monday, November 26, 2018
X-ray studies reveal structural details that may point the way to designing better catalysts for converting pollutant gas into useful products.
Meet NSLS-II's Tom Caswell: Lead Developer of Matplotlib
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Meet Tom Caswell, a computational scientist at NSLS-II and Lead Developer of Python plotting library Matplotlib.
Making X-ray Microscopy 10 Times Faster
Monday, November 19, 2018
NSLS-II’s Full Field X-ray Imaging beamline can image samples in 3-D faster than ever before.
Scientists Produce 3-D Chemical Maps of Single Bacteria
Friday, November 16, 2018
Researchers used ultrabright x-rays to see a single bacteria’s chemical composition with unparalleled resolution.
Unlocking the Secrets of Metal-Insulator Transitions
Thursday, November 8, 2018
The x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy technique at the CSX beamline of NSLS-II played a key role in tracking the transition of an insulator to a metal.
Rice Engineers Give Organic Photovoltaics New Properties
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Researchers at Rice University have developed flexible organic solar cells.
New NSLS-II Beamline Illuminates Electronic Structures
Friday, October 5, 2018
MIT scientists conduct the first experiment at NSLS-II’s Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering beamline
Single Atoms Break Carbon's Strongest Bond
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Scientists discovered that single atoms of platinum can break carbon-fluorine bonds, one of the strongest known chemical bonds.
PubSci Explores the Intersection of Science and Art
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
PubSci, Brookhaven Lab’s science café and conversation series, teamed up with the Parrish Art Museum for a special spin-off event.
PubSci at the Parrish: Illumination
Thursday, August 30, 2018
A spin-off of Brookhaven Lab’s science conversation series will focus on the intersection of science and art.
Novel X-Ray Optics Boost Imaging Capabilities at NSLS-II
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Brookhaven Lab scientists capture high-resolution, 3-D images of thick materials more efficiently than ever before.
Summer Sundays Connect Long Island to World-class Science
Monday, August 20, 2018
Brookhaven Lab hosted more than 4,500 community members at its annual open house events.
Summer Sundays Visitors Become "NSLS-II Junior Operators"
Friday, August 17, 2018
At this year’s Summer Sundays tour at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), visitors were delighted when they earned their “Junior Operator” license by following the correct sequence of steps to “get beam” into the NSLS-II ring on a hands-on model of NSLS-II.
Plant Roots Police Toxic Pollutants
Monday, August 6, 2018
X-ray studies reveal details of how plant roots scavenge and immobilize arsenic from toxic mine tailings.
High-Caliber Research Launches NSLS-II Beamline into Operations
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney conducted the first experiments at a new NSLS-II beamline.
Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries! Visit the National Synchrotron Light Source II, July 29
Friday, July 27, 2018
Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries! Visit the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), July 29 Experience Brookhaven Lab’s Summer Sundays. See exciting science shows, tour world-class science facilities, and enjoy hands-on educational activities— all for free! All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.
In a New Light: 2018 NSLS-II and CFN Joint Users' Meeting
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Brookhaven scientists and visiting researchers came together to discuss their advances in photon sciences and nanoscience at the 2018 NSLS-II and CFN Users’ Meeting.
Talented Photographers Capture the Art of Science at Brookhaven Lab
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
See the winning photos from Brookhaven Lab’s Photowalk.
Funding for New DOE Energy Frontier Research Center at Brookhaven Lab
Friday, July 6, 2018
Scientists will explore properties of “molten salts” with potential for use in nuclear energy applications
Brookhaven Lab Scientist Receives Early Career Research Program Funding
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Valentina Bisogni, an associate physicist at Brookhaven Lab, has been selected by DOE’s Office of Science to receive significant research funding as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program.
Maxwell Terban Receives 2018 Julian David Baumert Ph.D. Thesis Award
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Maxwell Terban received the 2018 Julian Baumert Ph.D. Thesis Award at this year’s Joint CFN and NSLS-II Users’ Meeting.
Tripling the Energy Storage of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Scientists have synthesized a new cathode material from iron fluoride that surpasses the capacity limits of traditional lithium-ion batteries.
Takeuchi Receives European Inventor Award 2018 in the Non-EPO Countries Category
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Prolific patent-holder won for inventing battery that increases the lifespan of implantable defibrillators fivefold, greatly reducing need for reoccurring surgery.
New High-Precision Instrument Enables Rapid Measurements of Protein Crystals
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Scientists developed a new goniometer scanner system for ultra-fast and efficient serial protein crystallography at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Engineering Professor Karen Chen-Wiegart Receives NSF CAREER Award for Her Research at SBU and BNL
Monday, May 14, 2018
Karen Chen-Wiegart, assistant professor at Stony Brook University and researcher at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, has been awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award.
Introducing Graduate Students Across the Globe to Photon Science
Monday, May 7, 2018
Brookhaven Lab recently started an online course to teach graduate students about the advanced material characterization techniques available at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Multi-Modal Operando X-Ray Study Yields New Insights on Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
At the National Synchrotron Light Source II, scientists conducted a multi-technique x-ray study to learn more about the structural and chemical evolution of Lithium-sulfur batteries.
NSLS-II Featured on the Cover of SRN
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source II was featured on the cover of Synchrotron Radiation News.
Safety Concerns Over Tungsten
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Scientists at McGill used the National Synchrotron Light Source II to determine how tungsten accumulates in bone tissue.
New Capabilities at NSLS-II Set to Advance Materials Science
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II now offers a combination of world-leading spatial resolution and multimodal imaging.
Researchers Engineer New Pathways for Self-Assembled Nanostructures
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Scientists used a new method called “Pathway Engineering” to direct the self-assembly process of molecules into novel nanostructures.
NEXT Project Receives Secretary's Achievement Award
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes presented the Secretary’s Achievement Award to the National Synchrotron Light Source II Experimental Tools project management team for completing the project on schedule and under budget, and for delivering scientific instruments to NSLS-II that will benefit research for years to come.
Despite Devastation, They—and Their Science—Go On
Monday, March 26, 2018
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, five students from the University of Puerto Rico were welcomed to continue their research at Brookhaven Lab—thanks to the Lab's Office of Educational Programs, mentors, and a scholarship fund created in honor of a late Brookhaven biologist.
Scientists Have a New Way to Gauge the Growth of Nanowires
Monday, March 19, 2018
Researchers from Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories observed the formation of two kinds of defects in individual nanowires.
Converting CO2 into Usable Energy
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Scientists show that single nickel atoms are an efficient, cost-effective catalyst for converting carbon dioxide into useful chemicals.
Atomic Flaws Create Surprising, High-Efficiency UV LED Materials
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
A team of scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University has discovered that subtle imperfections can dramatically increase the efficiency and ultraviolet (UV) light output of certain LED materials.
Pigments in Oil Paintings Linked to Artwork Degradation
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By analyzing a microscopic sample from a 15th century oil painting, scientists have determined what is responsible for "soap formation," a widespread degradation process in oil paintings.
Surprising Discovery Could Lead to Better Batteries
Friday, January 12, 2018
Scientists have observed how lithium moves inside individual nanoparticles that make up batteries. The finding could help companies develop batteries that charge faster and last longer.
2017's Top-10 Discoveries and Scientific Achievements at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
From unraveling new details of the particle soup that filled the early universe to designing improvements for batteries, x-ray imaging, and even glass, this year’s Top-10 achievements at Brookhaven Lab span a spectrum of size scales and fields of science.
Meet NSLS-II's Ashley Shoemaker-Skokov, Rock Climber and Traveler
Thursday, December 14, 2017
As an administrative services assistant for the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and an avid rock climber, Ashley Shoemaker-Skokov is always on the go.
Novel Lenses Enable X-ray Microscopy With Record Resolution
Friday, December 8, 2017
Scientists at DESY have developed novel lenses that enable x-ray microscopy with record resolution in the nanometer regime. The research team used the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at NSLS-II to measure the focus of the lens.
Breaking Electron Waves Provide New Clues to High-Temperature Superconductivity
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A collaboration led by Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers has discovered a surprising breakdown in the electron interactions that may underpin high-temperature superconductivity. The scientists found that as superconductivity vanishes at higher temperatures, powerful waves of electrons begin to curiously uncouple and behave independently—like ocean waves splitting and rippling in different directions.
Nanoscientists Develop New Material with Controllable Pores
Monday, December 4, 2017
Scientists at the University at Buffalo have synthesized a new material with nanoscale, controllable pores. They analyzed the material’s structure at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, using a beamline built in partnership with the Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
Five Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named 2017 American Physical Society Fellows
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Anatoly Frenkel, Morgan May, Rachid Nouicer, Eric Stach, and Peter Steinberg were recognized for their outstanding contributions to astrophysics, materials physics, and nuclear physics.
Case Center at National Synchrotron Light Source II Receives Resource-Sharing Award
Monday, November 20, 2017
The Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences, located at NSLS-II, has been awarded second prize in the 2017 Sharing Research Resources competition, held by the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Unique High-brilliance X-ray Sheds New Light on Additive Manufacturing Process
Friday, October 27, 2017
Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate used the National Synchrotron Light Source II to improve 3-D-printed materials by studying their structure in real-time during processing.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Riccardo Comin
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Riccardo Comin, an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, performs studies on quantum materials using the Coherent Soft X-Ray scattering beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source II
Scientists Solve Fundamental Puzzle in Medical Imaging
Monday, October 23, 2017
Scientists from Stony Brook University used a novel technique at NSLS-II to characterize the physics of how light moves within scintillators—a component of x-ray detectors—for the very first time. Their findings could aid the development of more efficient x-ray detectors for improved medical diagnoses.
The Moon and Gravitational Impacts on NSLS-II
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Just like sea levels rise and fall, the earth’s crust changes shape with the phase of the moon.
Scientists Use Machine Learning to Translate 'Hidden' Information that Reveals Chemistry in Action
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
New method allows on-the-fly analysis of how catalysts change during reactions, providing crucial information for improving performance.
Software Developed at Brookhaven Lab Could Advance Synchrotron Science Worldwide
Monday, October 2, 2017
Scientists at Brookhaven have developed new software to streamline data acquisition at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Called “Bluesky,” the software significantly eases the process of collecting and comparing data at NSLS-II, and could be used to facilitate scientific collaboration between light sources worldwide.
What's NEXT for NSLS-II? Five New, World-class Beamlines
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
On Friday, Aug. 4, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) Experimental Tools project received CD-4 approval from the U.S. Department of Energy. This status marks the official and successful completion of the project, which coordinated the development and construction of five new beamlines for NSLS-II.
NIST Laboratory Director Laurie Locascio Visits NSLS-II
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Laurie Locascio, the Material Measurement Laboratory Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), visited the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) on Thursday, Aug. 24.
Texas Southern University Research Team Advances Safety, Efficiency at NSLS-II
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Two student interns and their professor from Texas Southern University are making a significant impact on the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). By collecting and analyzing radiation detector data, the research team is helping to enhance the safety features and reduce the construction costs of future beamlines built at NSLS-II.
National Synchrotron Light Source II Celebrates Two Years of User Operations
Monday, August 28, 2017
In July of 2017, Brookhaven National Laboratory wished a happy second birthday to the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Located at Brookhaven, NSLS-II is a DOE Office of Science User Facility that provides ultra-bright x-rays for cutting-edge science research.
Out of the Classroom and Into the Laboratory
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Teacher and student teams use the National Synchrotron Light Source II to study proteins.
NSLS-II Welcomes New Tool for Studying the Physics of Materials
Thursday, August 17, 2017
A new instrument for studying the physics of materials using high intensity x-ray beams has arrived at NSLS-II. It will offer researchers greater precision when studying materials with unique structural, electronic, and magnetic characteristics.
Three Brookhaven Lab Scientists Selected to Receive Early Career Research Program Funding
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Three scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have been selected by DOE’s Office of Science to receive significant research funding through its Early Career Research Program.
'Organismic learning' mimics some aspects of human thought
Monday, August 14, 2017
A new computing technology called “organismoids” mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones
New Devices to Control X-rays are Less Expensive, Faster to Make
Friday, August 11, 2017
Brookhaven researchers have developed a less expensive and more efficient way of controlling x-ray beams used to study the intricate details of batteries, solar cells, proteins and all manner of materials.
Scientists Find New Method to Control Electronic Properties of Nanocrystals
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Researchers from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new effects of an important method for modulating semiconductors. The method, which works by creating open spaces or "vacancies" in a material's structure, enables scientists to tune the electronic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals—semiconductor particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers.
516th Brookhaven Lecture on Tuesday, 8/8: 'From NSLS to NSLS-II and Beyond: Accelerator Physics Challenges'
Friday, August 4, 2017
What was once considered a nuisance has become a pillar in scientists' portfolio of tools for cutting-edge research. And the accelerator physicists who design synchrotron light sources and improve capabilities continue to encounter new challenges and opportunities.
In Memoriam: Satoshi Ozaki
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Satoshi Ozaki, a world-renowned physicist who helped design and build accelerators for scientific research across two continents, died on July 22.
Welcoming a Bright Future: 2017 NSLS-II and CFN Joint Users' Meeting
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The event theme of this year’s Joint User’s Meeting of the National Synchrotron Light Source II and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, two U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities located at Brookhaven National Laboratory, resonated well with the future research at both facilities: “Making and Measuring in 4-Dimensions.
Scientists Design Promising New Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles.
New Milestone Reached: 1000th Lifetime User at NSLS-II
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The National Synchrotron Light Source II celebrated the arrival of their 1000th lifetime user on June 28 with balloons, cake, coffee, and cheers.
Studying Argon Gas Trapped in Two-Dimensional Array of Tiny "Cages"
Monday, July 17, 2017
For the first time, scientists have trapped a noble gas in a two-dimensional porous structure at room temperature. This achievement will enable detailed studies of individual gas atoms in confinement—research that could inform the design of new materials for gas separation and nuclear waste remediation.
National Synchrotron Light Source II User Profiles: Joshua Gallaway and Gautam Yadav
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Josh Gallaway and Gautam Yadav are currently researchers at the City College of New York and they conduct battery research at NSLS-II.
New Efficient, Low-Temperature Catalyst for Converting Water and CO to Hydrogen Gas and CO2
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Low-temperature “water gas shift” reaction produces high levels of pure hydrogen for potential applications, including fuel cells
National Synchrotron Light Source II User Profile: Stephan Hruszkewycz
Monday, June 19, 2017
Stephan Hruskewycz is an assistant physicist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. While he regularly conducts research at Argonne's own synchrotron user facility, the Advanced Photon Source, his work on the nanoscale structure and behavior of materials has led him to book beamtime at the DOE's newest synchrotron, the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
2017 Open Space Stewardship Celebration Honors Environmental Research and Community Outreach Efforts by Local Students
Friday, June 16, 2017
More than 150 students—along with parents, teachers, and environmental scientists—gathered at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Wednesday, May 31 to celebrate another successful run of Brookhaven’s Open Space Stewardship Program and “A Day in the Life of a River” effort.
X-ray Study Reveals Way to Control Molecular Vibrations that Transmit Heat
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Controlling vibrational waves in soft materials such as polymers or liquid crystal compounds could lead to a range of energy-inspired innovations
Brookhaven Lab's NSLS-II Reaches Critical Accelerator Milestone – 300 Milliamp Current
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, one of the world’s most advanced synchrotron light sources, recently achieved an important milestone in its accelerator development: the bunches of electrons circling the facility’s storage ring at nearly light speed are now doing so at a current of 300 milliamps.
2017 Julian Baumert Award Goes to Kelli Hvorecny
Thursday, May 25, 2017
This year's Julian Baumert Thesis Award recipient is Kelli Hvorecny of Dartmouth College, who completed the requirements for her Ph.D. in March and will receive her degree in June. Hvorecny was chosen based on her work at NSLS into the molecular mechanism and virulence of a protein secreted by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa during its infection of airways.
Scientists Demonstrate New Real-Time Technique for Studying Ionic Liquids at Electrode Interfaces
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
This electron microscope-based imaging technique could help scientists optimize the performance of ionic liquids for batteries and other energy storage devices.
Speedy X-Ray Detector Arrives at NSLS-II
Friday, May 5, 2017
Advanced detector fuels discovery by allowing users to collect massive datasets in less time with millionth-of-a-meter resolution.
Jingguang Chen is the Recipient of the 2017 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis
Monday, April 24, 2017
Professor Jingguang Chen of Columbia University is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis of the North American Catalysis Society, sponsored by Johnson Matthey and administered by The North American Catalysis Society.
Brookhaven Lab, Stony Brook University Scientists Present Catalysis Research Opportunities at NSLS-II
Friday, April 21, 2017
In the March 31 online edition of Synchrotron Radiation News, an article authored by a group of researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University describes the research opportunities and tools available (or coming soon) to catalysis scientists at Brookhaven's new state-of the-art synchrotron facility, the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Brookhaven Lab-Led Research Aims to Develop Protections Against Chemical Warfare Agents
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory are participating in a collaborative effort to study how the use of zirconium-based metal organic frameworks and niobium-based polyoxometalates may be effectively used in gas masks to capture and decompose dangerous chemical agents like Sarin.
National Synchrotron Light Source II User Profiles: Crysten Blaby
Friday, March 17, 2017
Crysten Blaby is a member of the scientific staff in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Many of the tools available at the National Synchrotron Light Source II will play a key role in her research
Investigating the Benefits of Cooperation
Monday, March 13, 2017
Stony Brook grad student Tiffany Victor uses infrared light to explore how fungal associations help plants thrive
Brookhaven Scientists Named Innovators of the Year
Friday, March 10, 2017
Innovate Long Island honors physicists at NSLS-II for invention of world-class microscope
Conveyor Belt Innovation Speeds Up Biological Discovery
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Babak Andi of Brookhaven Lab was part of a research team that developed a new assembly-line system that uses sound waves to deposit as many as 120 sample-containing droplets each second onto a conveyor belt. The droplets ride along and are then exposed to x-ray pulses for rapid analysis.
Imaging the Inner Workings of a Sodium–Metal Sulfide Battery for First Time
Monday, March 6, 2017
Scientists discover that the battery material undergoes significant changes in its microstructure and chemical composition as sodium ions enter and leave the material during the first discharge/charge cycle, leading to an initial loss in battery capacity.
AGEP-T FRAME Scientist Raul Acevedo Studies How Fuel Cells Behave in Space
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Raul Acevedo has been working at NSLS-II to develop a platform to work with fuel cells, analyzing nanomaterials that work as catalysts. Eventually fuel cells could be used in the International Space Station’s water purification system.
Scientists Estimate Solar Nebula's Lifetime
Friday, February 10, 2017
A collaborative study involving Brookhaven, MIT, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro suggests the gas cloud from which our solar system formed lasted about 4 million years.
Meet the Director: John Hill
Friday, January 13, 2017
Meet John Hill, Director of Brookhaven Lab's groundbreaking National Synchrotron Light Source II, which produces ultra-bright x-rays for basic and applied research in biology and medicine, materials and chemical sciences, geosciences and environmental sciences, and nanoscience.
Q&A with CFN Scientist Anibal Boscoboinik
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Using surface-science tools and a 2D model system, Boscoboinik studies catalysis in nanoporous zeolites, which speed up reactions in many industrial processes.
Make-up, Structure, and Function—For Proteins and Research Teams
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Proteins help antibodies fight off bacteria that make you sick, influence how you taste food, and are vital in repairing DNA damaged by chemical compounds and radiation from the sun. Meet researchers at Brookhaven Lab who are working to learn far more about the proteins that affect our lives and our world in so many ways.
Nanoscale 'Conversations' Create Complex, Multi-Layered Structures
Thursday, December 22, 2016
New technique leverages controlled interactions across surfaces to create self-assembled materials with unprecedented complexity
Brookhaven Lab's Peter Takacs Elected OSA Fellow
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Throughout his career, Takacs has made many important contributions to instrumentation and standards for optical measurements.
Q&A with CFN User Don DiMarzio
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
In search of next-generation aerospace materials, DiMarzio of Northrop Grumman uses the characterization labs at Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) to investigate nanostructures whose self-assembly is directed through DNA scaffolds.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Sana Rani & Alicia Broderick
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
University of Delaware students explore zinc oxide compounds at the Coherent Soft X-ray 2 beamline
Brookhaven Lab Advances its Computational Science and Data Analysis Capabilities
Friday, November 18, 2016
New capabilities will enable scientists to more efficiently and effectively solve scientific problems
Brookhaven Lab Wins Three 2016 R&D 100 Awards
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Innovations in microscopy, catalysis, and nanomaterials are among the 100 technologies and services of the past year selected by R&D Magazine to receive awards.
Scientists Find Static "Stripes" of Electrical Charge in Copper-Oxide Superconductor
Friday, October 14, 2016
Understanding the electronic ordering in copper-oxide superconductors could help scientists find the "recipe" for raising the temperature at which current can flow through these materials without energy loss.
Highly sensitive X-ray scattering shows why an exotic material is sometimes a metal, sometimes an insulator
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Some materials hold surprising – and possibly useful – properties: Neodymium nickel oxide is either a metal or an insulator, depending on its temperature. This characteristic makes the material a potential candidate for transistors in modern electronic devices.
Brookhaven Lab to Play Major Role in Two DOE Exascale Computing Application Projects
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Scientists will help develop modeling and simulation applications for next-generation supercomputers to enable advances in nuclear and high-energy physics and chemistry research.
Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II Wins Project Management Institute 2016 Project of the Year Award
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
International award in recognition of a large and complex project with a budget exceeding $100 million that best delivers superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society.
Brookhaven Lab Community Bids Farewell to 2016 Summer Science Research Students
Monday, September 12, 2016
Coming from as far away as Puerto Rico, Texas, and California, Brookhaven Lab's diverse group of summer interns joined world-renowned mentors on projects in all areas of Brookhaven’s work.
The Next Generation
Monday, September 12, 2016
Select student profiles and statistics on the 2016 summer science research interns
New York State Lt. Governor Kathleen Hochul Meets Students, Scientists at Brookhaven Lab
Monday, September 5, 2016
On August 17, Brookhaven National Laboratory hosted New York State Lt. Governor Kathleen Hochul, her director of external affairs, and Governor Cuomo’s Suffolk County regional representative. The group met with students and BWIS members.
When Nanofabrication Leads to Nanoscience: Optics Developed at the CFN Bring NSLS-II's Ultra-Bright x-rays into Focus for Scientific Imaging
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Advanced x-ray nanofocusing optics are critical components in a one-of-a-kind x-ray scanning microscope.
Five Brookhaven Lab Projects Selected as R&D 100 Award Finalists
Monday, August 29, 2016
Five projects from Brookhaven National Laboratory have been selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.
Summer Sundays are a Huge Success, Again!
Friday, August 19, 2016
This year, Brookhaven Lab welcomed nearly 5,000 visitors to Summer Sundays tours to learn about our cutting-edge technologies, attend science shows, and visit our world-class facilities
Slicing Through Materials with a New X-ray Imaging Technique
Friday, August 12, 2016
Images reveal battery materials' chemical reactions in five dimensions – 3D space plus time and energy.
Brookhaven Scientists Contribute to Effort to Make Next-generation Electric Vehicle Batteries
Friday, July 29, 2016
Brookhaven chemists contribute to PNNL-led effort to make next-generation electric vehicle batteries.
Seeing High School Science in a Whole New Light
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The brand-new, multimillion-dollar National Synchrotron Light Source II is opening its doors to research proposals from high school students.
NSLS-II's Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe Wins 2016 Microscopy Today Innovation Award
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The team at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe (HXN) beamline are proud recipients of one of the 2016 Microscopy Today Innovation Awards, which highlight the 10 best microscopy innovations each year.
Summer Sundays: Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries, July 24
Friday, July 22, 2016
Visit the Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, a powerful photon microscope designed to deliver world-leading intensity and brightness. Take a guided tour around the synchrotron! Participate in hands-on activities, take a synchrotron quiz, and listen to talks by scientists and students. Be amazed by the Science Spectacular Laser Light Show! All activities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors 16 and older must bring a photo ID.
Scientists Determine Structure of Enzyme Linked with Key Cell-Signaling Protein
Monday, July 18, 2016
Atomic level snapshots show how one key enzyme modifies a protein involved in turning genes on or off inside cells, potentially pointing to new targets for anticancer drugs.
Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin are Better for Biofuels
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures
515th Brookhaven Lecture on Wednesday, 6/29: 'Structural Biology: Studying Living Things as They Jiggle and Wiggle'
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Some proteins help antibodies fight the bacteria that make you sick and some influence how you taste the food you eat. Other proteins are vital in repairing DNA damaged by harmful chemical compounds and radiation from the sun. At National Synchrotron Light Source II, scientists are preparing for new, exciting challenges and opportunities in studying these proteins and their structure.
Discovery of Gold Nanocluster "Double" Hints at Other Shape-Changing Particles
Friday, June 17, 2016
Understanding how atomic structure and function relate could pave the way for designing nanoparticles based on their desired properties.
DNA Shaping Up to be Ideal Framework for Rationally Designed Nanostructures
Monday, June 13, 2016
Self-assembly approaches that use DNA to link nanoparticles into different structures could enable the design of nanomaterials with desired functionality.
New Material Has Potential to Cut Costs and Make Nuclear Fuel Recycling Cleaner
Monday, June 13, 2016
Computer modeling helps pinpoint best material out of a hundred thousand options.
Satoshi Ozaki Presented With BSA Distinguished Service Award
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Brookhaven Science Associates presented Satoshi Ozaki, a senior scientist emeritus at Brookhaven Lab, with the second-ever BSA Distinguished Service Award.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Wilson Chiu
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Q and A with Wilson K. S. Chiu, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, who recently conducted an experiment as one of the first general users at the National Synchrotron Light Source II Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe.
Nusnin Akter: A Role Model for Young Women and Underrepresented Minority Engineers
Thursday, May 12, 2016
A Stony Brook University doctoral student and Brookhaven Lab guest researcher brings her passion and curiosity for scientific research to the lab and the community.
Ultra-fast X-ray Lasers Illuminate Elusive Atomic Spins
Monday, May 9, 2016
New x-ray technique reveals never-before-seen, trillionth-of-a-second magnetic fluctuations that transform the electronic and magnetic properties of materials.
Visualizing the Lithiation of a Nanosized Iron-Oxide Material in Real Time
Monday, May 9, 2016
An electron microscopy technique for visualizing how lithium ions migrate at the nanoscale could help improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries.
Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
On April 28, the Lab hosted dozens of important visitors — children of employees — for the 2016 “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day.”
Supercooled Cavities for Particle Acceleration
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
A cryogenics system supports the superconducting radio-frequency cavities used to accelerate electrons around Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II.
NSLS Re-Use & Recycling Effort Saves Funding, Gives New Life to Key Components
Friday, April 29, 2016
As the cleanup of NSLS continues, many pieces of equipment have been recycled or reused at NSLS-II and other labs.
Department of Energy Awards Recognize National Synchrotron Light Source II Project and Brookhaven Site Office Leadership
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Frank Crescenzo and John Hill accepted the Secretary’s Award of Excellence on behalf of the NSLS-II team.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Pankaj Sarin
Monday, March 21, 2016
Pankaj Sarin, an assistant professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Oklahoma State University, traveled to Brookhaven Lab recently to conduct research at the X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XPD) beamline. He and his group studied ceramic materials that can withstand extremely high temperatures and may be used to protect spacecraft during re-entry, descent, and landing.
Meet Intern Cecilia Osorio: Merging Multiscale Images at NSLS-II
Friday, March 18, 2016
Cecilia Osorio, a 20-year-old sophomore from California State University, Bakersfield, and current intern with the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is tackling a significant software challenge at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Brookhaven Lab Facilities Team Up to Offer Beamline for Cutting-Edge Science
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy (CSX-2) beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which hosted its first users in February, was built in partnership with the Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Chris Marrows
Friday, March 4, 2016
Christopher Marrows (right) is a professor of Condensed Matter Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds in the UK. He recently traveled to Brookhaven for beam time at NSLS-II's Coherent Soft X-Ray (CSX) beamline, where he and his collaborators studied the behaviors of an array of nanomagnets known as an artificial spin ice.
Brookhaven National Lab, SUNY Old Westbury Host More than 160 Local Students for 'My Brother's Keeper' Anniversary Event
Thursday, March 3, 2016
To celebrate the second anniversary of President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, the Brookhaven Lab collaborated with SUNY Old Westbury to bring more than 160 students from New York City and Long Island to the Laboratory on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 for a day of mentorship and engagement in science.
'First Light' Experiments at NSLS-II Study Radiation's Effect on Reactor Pressure Vessels
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Among the first experiments at the National Synchrotron Light Source II were studies of irradiated steels similar to those used in nuclear reactor pressure vessels to determine the structural properties of nanoscale features that lead to embrittlement.
Chiral Magnetic Effect Generates Quantum Current
Monday, February 8, 2016
Scientists at Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University have discovered a new way to generate very low-resistance electric current in a new class of materials.
Scientists Guide Gold Nanoparticles to Form "Diamond" Superlattices
Thursday, February 4, 2016
DNA scaffolds cage and coax nanoparticles into position to form crystalline arrangements that mimic the atomic structure of diamond.
Four Brookhaven Lab Researchers Elected as 2015 American Physical Society Fellows
Monday, February 1, 2016
The American Physical Society, the world's largest physics organization, has named four researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory as 2015 APS Fellows.
Meet Crysten and Ian Blaby
Friday, January 29, 2016
Brookhaven National Laboratory welcomes two new biologists, Crysten and Ian Blaby, who have been brought to the Lab to explore the many genes that play a role in a plant’s ability to harness energy and what those genes could mean for enhancing bioenergy crops.
NSLS Research Leads to New Discoveries About Structure of Human Hair
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
A recent study on the detailed micro-structure of human hair reveals new details about the structure of a single strand of human hair, including new models of the molecular arrangements in two different regions of a hair.
National Lab Facility Staff and DOE Computer Scientists Collaborate on Projects to Speed Up Experimental Data Analysis
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Brookhaven National Laboratory hosted the first in a series of week-long “hackathons,” a code brainstorming session attended by nearly 40 computer scientists and software developers from several DOE Office of Science User Facilities.
Bright High School Students Get An Insider Look at the National Synchrotron Light Source II
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Field trip to a beamline at one of the world’s most advanced synchrotron x-ray sources gives high schoolers a view into the work of scientists exploring soil science.
Brookhaven Lab Expands Computational Science Initiative
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Building on its capabilities in data-intensive science, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has expanded its Computational Science Initiative (CSI). The programs within this initiative leverage computational science, computer science, and mathematics expertise and investments across multiple research areas at the Laboratory.
2015's Top 10 Scientific Advances at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
From creating the tiniest drops of primordial particle soup to devising new ways to improve batteries, catalysts, superconductors, and more, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory pushed the boundaries of discovery in 2015.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Ryan Tappero and Jason Unrine
Monday, December 14, 2015
Researchers use the HXN beamline for plant and soil science aimed at understanding how nanomaterials affect natural resources and the food web.
New Clues for Battling Botulism
Monday, December 7, 2015
Scientists decipher details of deadly toxin's cloaking mechanism that could guide development of new vaccines, treatments.
NSLS-II User Profiles: Emmie Campbell & Karen DeRocher
Monday, November 23, 2015
Meet two materials engineers studying sea urchin skeletons at the HXN beamline at NSLS-II.
509th Brookhaven Lecture on Wednesday, 11/18: 'Synchrotron Science…and Bugs?'
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
During the 509th Brookhaven Lecture, Wah-Keat Lee of the National Synchrotron Light Source II will highlight synchrotrons' advantages over conventional x-ray sources for research, while also explaining how resolution, sensitivity, and contrast affect overall capabilities. He will then discuss his past research with insects done at a different synchrotron light source.
Meet Robert Palomino: 'Give Everything a Shot!'
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
After earning his master’s and Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Stony Brook University, Robert Palomino is now one of Brookhaven Lab’s new postdocs in the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate–Transformation program, working at the Lab’s new National Synchrotron Light Source II to analyze the structure and other properties of catalysts.
Reaction Snapshots of a Notch-Modifying Enzyme Provide a Basis for Drug Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Insights into an elusive catalytic reaction help researchers understand the modification of a key receptor in cell development.
NSLS-II Scientists Find Flexible Boundary Between Phases of Matter Within Supercritical Fluids
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The extraordinary behavior of ordinary liquids under extreme conditions is exploited for use in many technologies.
Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe Beamline Now Open for User Experiments, Offers 15-Nanometer Imaging Capability
Monday, September 21, 2015
The HXN Beamline at NSLS-II offers cutting edge 15-nanometer imaging capabilities to users from around the globe.
First Users Usher in Science at the National Synchrotron Light Source II
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The first scientific and industrial researchers ran their experiments this summer, and the fall scientific slate is filling up at the new synchrotron.
Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan to Speak at Brookhaven Lab on Wednesday, 9/30
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Venki Ramakrishnan, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry—one of seven Nobel Prizes awarded for discoveries made at Brookhaven Lab—will present a BSA Distinguished Lecture, titled "One Hundred Years of Visualizing Molecular Structure," on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
SRI 2015: Bringing Synchrotron Scientists to New York
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The 2015 Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation Conference was hosted by NSLS-II in New York City.
Brookhaven Summer Intern Reveals the Cutting Edge of NSLS-II
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Young engineer Brandon Bozeat, inspired to enter science by a Summer Sunday visit to RHIC, spent his summer internship learning about the magnets at NSLS-II.
So Long, Summer Students
Friday, August 14, 2015
More than 200 college-age science students marked the end of 10 weeks living and learning among the researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Investigating Metal-Organic Frameworks as Clean-Up Agents for Nuclear Waste
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Complementary studies show promising uses for sponge-like metal-ion clusters.
Brookhaven Lab Study Explores Nanoscale Structure of Thin Films
Monday, August 3, 2015
Result opens new doors in thin-film research and provides early confirmation of the expected impact of the National Synchrotron Light Source II
Brookhaven Lab Summer School Helps Develop Tomorrow's Nuclear Chemistry Experts
Friday, July 24, 2015
Students receive hands-on training and introduction to careers in energy, environmental science, and medicine.
Bright Light, Dazzling Discoveries
Friday, July 17, 2015
Tour the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s most advanced light sources – a giant x-ray microscope! Learn how scientists will illuminate the inner workings of batteries. Be enlightened by the “Science Laser Light Spectacular.”
Sodium-Ion Batteries Offer Surprising Stability Over Cycles
Monday, June 29, 2015
3D measurements of microstructures reveal that sodium's larger ion size does not degrade battery materials as much as previously thought.
X-Rays and Electrons Join Forces To Map Catalytic Reactions in Real-Time
Monday, June 29, 2015
New technique combines electron microscopy and synchrotron x-rays at Brookhaven Lab to track chemical reactions under real operating conditions.
NSLS-II: A Video Tour
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Take a look at the beamlines that are coming online at Brookhaven’s newest facility, the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Sweeping Lasers Snap Together Nanoscale Geometric Grids
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
New technique developed by Brookhaven Lab scientists rapidly creates multi-layered, self-assembled grids with fully customizable shapes and compositions.
506th Brookhaven Lecture on Wednesday, 6/24: 'NSLS-II: The New Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven Lab'
Friday, June 19, 2015
During the 506th Brookhaven Lecture, Ferdinand Willeke will discuss how he and the many members of his team completed the complex accelerator system that is now producing ultra-bright, ultra-intense light for researchers at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
New Lenses Grown Layer-by-Layer Increase X-ray Power at National Synchrotron Light Source II
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Physicists Hanfei Yan and Nathalie Bouet at the National Synchrotron Light Source II are developing new lenses that focus x-ray beams to smaller spot sizes made up of more photons for better imaging resolution.
National Synchrotron Light Source II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials Users' Meeting Recap
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The annual NSLS-II & CFN Users' Meeting included updates from the Department of Energy and Brookhaven Lab leaders and scientists.
Engineering Phase Changes in Nanoparticle Arrays
Monday, May 25, 2015
Scientists alter attractive and repulsive forces between DNA-linked particles to make dynamic, phase-shifting forms of nanomaterials.
505th Brookhaven Lecture on Wednesday, 5/27: 'Scanning the Structure of Steel From Nuclear Reactor Vessels'
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Nearly one fifth of all electricity produced in the United States in 2014 came from nuclear power plants. Scientists at Brookhaven Lab are using new tools—including the National Synchrotron Light Source II—to help determine how to safely extend the lives of existing plants and those that could be built in the future.
Brookhaven's Stanislaus S. Wong to Receive the 2015 ACS Inorganic Nanoscience Award
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The American Chemical Society's 2015 Inorganic Nanoscience Award will be presented to Stanislaus S. Wong, a chemist in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Sciences Department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and a professor in Stony Brook University's Department of Chemistry.
Intense Lasers Cook Up Complex, Self-Assembled Nanomaterials
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
New technique developed at Brookhaven Lab makes self-assembly 1,000 times faster and could be used for industrial-scale solar panels and electronics.
Into the Depths of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Imagining the scale of the waves on the electromagnetic spectrum can be tough — sea creatures on this new infographic lend a hand (or a fin, flipper, tentacle) to help illuminate the power of light.
Beetlejuice! Secrets of beetle sprays unlocked at the Advanced Photon Source
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Brookhaven scientist Wah-Keat Lee used x-rays at Argonne Lab's light source to get the first-ever look inside the living bombardier beetle as it sprays its caustic toxin.
Scientists Use Nanoscale Building Blocks and DNA 'Glue' to Shape 3D Superlattices
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Scientists at Brookhaven Lab have constructed 3D "superlattice" multicomponent nanoparticle arrays where the arrangement of particles is driven by the shape of the tiny building blocks.
First NSLS-II X-Ray Images Hint at Science to Come
Thursday, April 9, 2015
In another “first” at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a group working at the Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe has taken the facility's inaugural x-ray images. Their striking renderings of a monarch butterfly specimen demonstrate the synchrotron's ability to generate extremely detailed images.
Physicists Solve Low-Temperature Magnetic Mystery
Friday, March 27, 2015
From information storage to magnetic refrigeration, many of tomorrow's most promising innovations rely on sophisticated magnetic materials, and this discovery opens the door to harnessing the physics that governs those materials.
Copper Atoms Bring a Potential New Battery Material to Life
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Scientists track electrochemical reactions in cutting-edge battery materials in real time using “in-operando” synchrotron techniques, revealing important clues for the future design and development of more powerful, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries.
Scientist Eric Stach Named Special Assistant for New Operando Initiative at Brookhaven Lab
Friday, March 20, 2015
Stach will lead ongoing research that focuses on real-time, real-world energy experiments at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Brookhaven Presents Big Data Pilot Projects at Supercomputing Conference
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Simon Billinge illustrates how advances in computing and applied mathematics can improve the predictive value of models used to design new materials.
First Scientific Publication from Data Collected at NSLS-II
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The science program at NSLS-II gets a jump start with a publication from samples used during commissioning at the X-ray Powder Diffraction beamline.
A New X-Ray Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging
Thursday, February 26, 2015
A new microscope at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at NSLS-II will ultimately deliver nanoscale resolution imaging for everything from proteins to fuel cell catalysts.
NSLS-II User Profile: Melissa Sims, Stony Brook University
Thursday, February 26, 2015
A Stony Brook University student had the honor of introducing Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at the NSLS-II Dedication Ceremony. She will continue her research in geosciences at the new synchrotron.
Dedicating Brookhaven Lab's Brightest Beacon at the Frontiers of Discovery
Friday, February 20, 2015
From the floor to the rafters, the world's most advanced synchrotron light source was filled with hundreds of people—including U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and a number of other distinguished guests—who gathered as Secretary Moniz dedicated the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven Lab on Feb. 6.
Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates the World's Brightest Synchrotron Light Source
Friday, February 6, 2015
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz dedicated the world's most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, on Feb. 6, 2015.
New Clues About a Brain Protein with High Affinity for Valium
Thursday, January 29, 2015
High-resolution structure could lead to design of more effective drugs with fewer side effects; biochemical assays uncover possible role in degrading destructive oxygen compounds.
Compact Batteries Enhanced By Spontaneous Silver Matrix Formations
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University scientists use x-rays to map internal atomic transformations and advance promising lithium-based batteries.
2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements at Brookhaven Lab
Monday, January 5, 2015
From new insights into the building blocks of matter to advances in understanding batteries, superconductors, and a protein that could help fight cancer, 2014 was a year of stunning successes for the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Beamline at NSLS-II Takes First Beam and First Data
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
First light at the National Synchrotron Light Source II's (NSLS-II) XPD beamline happened on Nov. 6, and now, the beamline group has taken their first data image—a major milestone towards science at NSLS-II.
Multilaboratory Collaboration Brings New X-ray Detector to Light
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Scientists from Brookhaven, Fermilab, and Argonne design and build a new detector based on 3-D technology that processes samples with microsecond timing and nanoscale sensitivity.
Women @ Energy: Simerjeet Gill
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Meet Simerjeet Gill, one of several scientists from Brookhaven Lab featured in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2014 Women @ Energy series. Find out what excites her, her advice for aspiring scientists, and more.
Women @ Energy: Lynne Ecker
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Meet Lynne Ecker, one of several scientists from Brookhaven Lab featured in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2014 Women @ Energy series. Find out what's exciting about her research, her advice for aspiring scientists, and more.
Diamond Detector Captures Last X-rays at NSLS
Monday, October 27, 2014
The diamond detector’s debut at the National Synchrotron Light Source was a critical milestone on the road to NSLS-II, where it will be installed in beamline XFP.
Tracking Heat-Driven Decay in Leading Electric Vehicle Batteries
Monday, October 27, 2014
Scientists reveal the atomic-scale structural and electronic degradations that plague rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and make them vulnerable during high-temperature operations.
Women @ Energy: Nathalie Bouet
Friday, October 24, 2014
Meet Nathalie Bouet, one of several scientists from Brookhaven Lab featured in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2014 Women @ Energy series. Find out what's exciting about her research, her advice for aspiring scientists, and more.
National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves 'First Light'
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) detects its first photons, beginning a new phase of the facility's operations. Scientific experiments at NSLS-II are expected to begin before the end of the year.
Structure of Hepatitis C Virus Envelope Protein an Early Step Toward Vaccine, Therapies
Friday, October 10, 2014
A new study performed in part at the National Synchrotron Light Source, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, takes researchers a step closer to understanding the molecular-level activity that takes place when the hepatitis C virus infects a host cell.
Last Light at NSLS
Monday, October 6, 2014
On Sept. 30, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) ended operations, an event witnessed by many hundreds via a live webcast from the control room.
PubSci: Illumination Explores Discoveries Driven by Bright Beams of Light
Monday, September 29, 2014
Scientists from Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate shared tales of using light to expose the otherwise invisible structures of materials.
Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II Approved to Start Routine Operations
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved the start of routine operations at the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, beginning a period of significant transition in project activities from construction and commissioning to operations, and leading to an exciting new chapter of synchrotron science.
BSA Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, 10/14: 'LCLS: A Stunning New View Through X-ray Laser Eyes'
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chi-Chang Kao, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will give a BSA Distinguished Lecture at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m.
New NIH/DOE Grant for Life Science Studies at NSLS-II
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
A new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will fund the operation of a suite of powerful experimental tools at the National Synchrotron Light Source II at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
PubSci: Illumination — The science of light at Brookhaven
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Meet us in Huntington tonight, grab a drink, and chat with scientists from our synchrotrons to find out how powerful beams of light — x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared — drive discoveries in biology, energy, and technology.
Energy Secretary Moniz Showcases National Laboratories on the Hill
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
National Lab Day on the Hill highlighted notable research projects from across the National Laboratory system.
In Memoriam: Samuel Krinsky
Friday, September 5, 2014
Samuel Krinsky, senior physicist in the Photon Sciences Directorate, died on April 26. He was 69 years old.
NSLS User Profiles: Jaime Farrington, Sydor Instruments
Monday, August 25, 2014
As a Technology Development Scientist with Sydor Instruments, Jaime Farrington truly enjoys his work on innovative research applications at Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS).
In Memoriam: Samuel Krinsky
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Senior Physicist Samuel Krinsky Dies at 69.
Harnessing the Power of Bacteria's Sophisticated Immune System
Friday, August 15, 2014
New x-ray crystallography images of molecular machinery of bacterial immune system help explain how these microbes can so quickly recognize and destroy their assailants.
New Method Provides Nanoscale Details of Electrochemical Reactions in Electric Vehicle Battery Materials
Monday, August 4, 2014
Using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions, scientists have revealed new insight into why fast charging inhibits this material's performance.
Understanding the Source of Extra-Large Capacities in Promising Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes
Monday, July 28, 2014
From smart phones to electric cars, lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous power sources. Scientists are exploring materials to make them more powerful and last longer.
Brilliant Light, Illuminating Science
Friday, July 11, 2014
On Sunday, July 13, tour the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which upon completion will become one of the world’s most advanced light sources—a giant x-ray microscope! Master the synchrotron quiz, and be mesmerized by the “Science Laser Light Spectacular.”
NSLS-II Reaches 25 Milliamps of Current with New Superconducting RF Cavity
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Brookhaven Lab's accelerator commissioning team achieved this significant milestone by completing several major tasks, which included installing a superconducting radio frequency (RF) cavity in the storage ring and making it serviceable by operating a new cryogenic plant.
Protons Power Protein Portal to Push Zinc Out of Cells
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Researchers have deciphered the inner workings of a protein that prevents the lethal buildup of zinc inside cells.
Funding Renewed for Brookhaven's Center for Emergent Superconductivity, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center
Friday, June 20, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an extension of funding totaling $14 million over four years for the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center led by Brookhaven Lab with partners from the University of Illinois and Argonne National Laboratory.
Darío Arena of Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate Granted Tenure
Friday, June 20, 2014
Darío Arena, a physicist in Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate, was awarded tenure for his achievements in the field of spin ordering and dynamics in condensed matter systems and complex magnets, and for his development of related scientific programs at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and NSLS-II beamlines.
Oleg Chubar of Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate Granted Tenure
Friday, June 20, 2014
Oleg Chubar, a physicist in the Photon Sciences Directorate, was awarded tenure based on his achievements in the field of synchrotron radiation science and technology, particularly in the area of synchrotron source calculations and wave optical simulations.
Kenneth Evans-Lutterodt of Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate Granted Tenure
Friday, June 20, 2014
Kenneth Evans-Lutterodt, a physicist in the Photon Sciences Directorate, was awarded tenure for his research and leadership in the field of x-ray physics, particularly in the development of novel x-ray optics and coherence measurements and applications.
NSLS User Profiles: Christopher Wright, Brown University
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Chris Wright started as an intern at National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), and he's looking forward to a future at NSLS-II.
New Evidence for Oceans of Water Deep in the Earth
Friday, June 13, 2014
Based in part on studies at Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source, researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for the ingredients of water bound up in rock deep in Earth's mantle.
DNA-Linked Nanoparticles Form Switchable 'Thin Films' on a Liquid Surface
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Scientists seeking ways to engineer the assembly of particles measuring billionths of a meter have achieved a new first—the formation of a single layer of nanoparticles on a liquid surface where the properties of the layer can be easily switched.
Scientists Reveal Details of Calcium 'Safety-Valve' in Cells
Friday, June 6, 2014
Scientists using Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source have deciphered the structure of a protein regulating the level of calcium in cells, providing clues about a key signaling agent that can trigger programmed cell death and potentially leading to new anticancer drug targets.
Complex Calculations at CFN: Meet Mark Hybertsen
Monday, June 2, 2014
Mark Hybertsen, a scientist in the Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials, together with members of his group is researching new strategies that will help meet the unprecedented challenges the world faces for energy solutions.
MIT/National Labs Team Visualizes Complex Electronic State
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A multidisciplinary group solves the mystery of how a potential battery electrode material behaves.
Brookhaven Physicist Elaine DiMasi Edits Book on Biomineralization Techniques
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Biomineralization Sourcebook is a how-to manual for synchrotron scientists interested in characterizing organic materials, showcasing methods from scientists who have worked at NSLS and light sources around the world.
NSLS-II Stores 25 Milliamps of Current
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
On April 29, 2014, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven Lab stored 25 milliamps of current at 3 billion electron volts using a room-temperature radio-frequency cavity.
Harnessing Magnetic Vortices for Making Nanoscale Antennas
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal-generating or receiving antennas and other electronic applications.
Doing Business with User Facilities
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
At the 2014 annual users’ meeting for the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), NSLS-II, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, May 19-21, expect to see vendors everywhere you turn.
User Profiles at NSLS: Raymond Browning, R. Browning Consultants
Friday, April 25, 2014
Meet Ray Browning, one of more than 18,400 unique users at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) since it began operating in 1982.
Brookhaven Lab Offers Workshop for Business Partners
Thursday, April 24, 2014
On Wednesday, May 7, the Lab will hold its first Small Business/Technology Commercialization & Partnerships business event, an opportunity for attendees to interact with Brookhaven staff working in its partnership areas and to tour some of the Lab’s world-class facilities.
A New Approach to Engineering the Materials of the Future
Monday, April 21, 2014
Working at the National Synchrotron Light Source, scientists have synthesized a new class of macromolecules that organize themselves, or “self-assemble,” into various ordered structures with feature sizes at the nanoscale.
NSLS-II Storage Ring Begins Commissioning
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Quick kudos came in from around the world at the news of first stored beam at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) on April 5, 2014.
National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves First Stored Electron Beam
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Scientists and engineers at Brookhaven Lab achieved a major milestone in commissioning the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) on April 5—the result of more than seven years of planning, design, construction, and commissioning.
Scientists Track 3D Nanoscale Changes in Rechargeable Battery Material During Operation
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
First 3D nanoscale observations of microstructural degradation during charge-discharge cycles could point to new ways to engineer battery electrode materials for better performance.
Western University-led study reveals new surface chemistry in electric vehicle batteries
Thursday, March 6, 2014
NSLS scientists contribute to research that shows a new phase of matter during battery charge and discharge.
Environment, Safety and Health: Recapping 2013 for Photon Sciences
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The transition from the National Synchrotron Light Source to NSLS-II was the main driver for much of the environment, safety and health activities carried out in Photon Sciences during FY13.
491st Brookhaven Lecture, Thursday 2/6
Friday, January 17, 2014
Join Juergen Thieme of Brookhaven Lab’s Photon Sciences Directorate for the 491st Brookhaven Lecture, titled “A Fast, Versatile Nanoprobe for Complex Materials: The Sub-micron Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy Beamline at NSLS-II,” on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall.
Ringing in the New Year: NSLS-II Booster Achieves Design Energy
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Minutes past midnight on December 31, 2013, electrons accelerated to the design energy of 3 billion electron volts (GeV) around the booster ring of the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Top-10 Brookhaven Lab Breakthroughs of 2013
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
2013 was a banner year for science at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory—from our contributions to Nobel Prize-winning research to new insights into catalysts, superconductors, and other materials key to advancing energy-efficient technologies.
The Play-by-Play of Energy Conversion: Catching Catalysts in Action
Monday, January 6, 2014
New experimental techniques reveal crucial reaction in real time with nanoscale detail.
NSLS User Stats for 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
From California to China, over 2,300 visiting scientists came to the National Synchrotron Light Source to carry out their research in fiscal year 2013.
Stony Brook Course on Applications of Synchrotron Light Offered at Brookhaven Lab
Monday, December 23, 2013
Starting January 23, 2014, Stony Brook University is offering a graduate-level course on synchrotron sources and applications.
CO2 Study Adds to Picture of Global Carbon Cycle
Monday, December 23, 2013
Scientists learn how carbon dioxide behaves under extreme pressures like those found deep within Earth, details vital to understanding the carbon cycle, as well as the evolution and dynamics of our planet’s interior.
William Floyd High School Student Conducts Geologic Research of North Shore Beaches
Thursday, December 12, 2013
William Floyd High School sophomore Shannon Beattie has been working with a team of science teachers and researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Radiation Sources at the University of Chicago to determine the origin of glacial erratics found on the north shore beaches of Long Island.
Pressure Transforms a Semiconductor into a New State of Matter
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
For the first time, scientists have used pressure to transform a semiconductor into a special material with surfaces that are conducting but whose interior is insulating. This paves the way for using such materials in advanced electronics applications.
10 Questions with Kevin Yager
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The next-generation of catalysts, solar cells, and microchips will be built and manipulated with precision stretching from the macroscopic to the atomic.
Brookhaven scientists visit Argonne National Lab for research on Lou Gehrig's Disease
Monday, December 9, 2013
Work at the Advanced Photon Source complements the research BNL staff do at NSLS.
Designing a Better Catalyst for Solar-Powered Hydrogen Production
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
At the National Synchrotron Light Source, a research group has determined key structural information about a potential catalyst for fuel cells.
John Hill Named Deputy Associate Lab Director for Basic Energy Sciences
Monday, December 2, 2013
John Hill, an award-winning physicist in Brookhaven Lab’s Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department, has been named Deputy Associate Lab Director of Basic Energy Sciences, effective December 1.
Local Riverhead Company Awarded Contract for Satellite Building at New Light Source
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Construction Consultants of Long Island of Riverhead, NY, will construct a satellite building to house the Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering beamline at NSLS-II.
Making High-resolution Movies With an Infrared Microscope
Monday, November 25, 2013
Scientists have designed new optics for improving infrared beams produced at light sources to study objects like polymer composites, mineral grains, plant-cell walls, microbes, or biological organelles.
High-Speed X-Ray 'Camera' Beamline Taking Shape at NSLS-II
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
After years of designing and planning, the Coherent Hard X-ray beamline is hitting the experimental floor.
$980K Department of Energy Grant to Support Study of Irradiated Materials
Monday, November 18, 2013
Brookhaven National Laboratory has been awarded $980,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to help develop an automated system for acquiring synchrotron data on radioactive samples rapidly and safely.
Infrared Light Fills a "Gap" in Iron-based Superconductor Research
Monday, November 18, 2013
Scientists take snapshots of an energy gap in a high-temperature, iron-based superconductor, a discovery that can open the way to practical applications for this novel material.
Small Particles, Big Findings
Friday, November 15, 2013
Scientists from Brookhaven Lab and Yeshiva University collaborate to develop new ways to study how nanoparticles behave in catalysts, the “kick-starters” of chemical reactions that convert fuels to useable forms of energy and transform raw materials to industrial products.
Showcasing Brookhaven Science to Industry
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Brookhaven Lab hosts a daylong meeting to introduce industry to user facilities and applied programs.
Stony Brook Interdisciplinary Team Plays Lead Role in NASA 'Expedition' to Explore Space Virtually
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Brookhaven scientists join Stony Brook University researchers in a $5.5M NASA-funded research collaboration that will pave the way for future space exploration.
New Camera Reveals How Light Breaks Molecules Apart
Monday, November 4, 2013
Way beyond pure illumination—from bright sunshine to intense x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS)—light can pack a powerful punch down at the atomic scale.
NSLS-II Early Science Workshop Hints at Good Things to Come
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Exciting research opportunities at NSLS-II drew more than 260 participants to a workshop at Brookhaven Lab.
Field-effect Transistors Get a Boost From Ferroelectric Films
Thursday, October 24, 2013
New metal oxide films could make smaller microelectronics more efficient.
A Look Inside: NSLS-II Storage Ring
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Look inside the storage ring of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, under construction at Brookhaven Lab. Exactly 843 magnets now encircle the ring. Their job will be to steer, stabilize, and store electrons racing around at near light speed.
Nano-Cone Textures Generate Extremely "Robust" Water-Repellent Surfaces
Monday, October 21, 2013
Scientists create surfaces with differently shaped nanoscale textures that may yield improved materials for applications in transportation, energy, and diagnostics.
Mixing Nanoparticles to Make Multifunctional Materials
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Standardized technique for combining different types of nanoparticles to produce large-scale composite materials opens remarkable opportunities for 'mix and match' materials fabrication.
Aminoff Prize 2014
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has dedicated the Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography 2014 to NSLS user Yigong Shi, of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
New Kind of 'X-Ray/CT Vision' Reveals Objects' Internal Nanoscale Structure, Chemistry
Monday, September 30, 2013
Researchers have developed a new kind of “x-ray vision”—a way to peer inside real-world devices such as batteries and catalysts to map the internal nanostructures and properties of the various components, and even monitor how properties evolve as the devices operate.
Nanocrystal Catalyst Transforms Impure Hydrogen into Electricity
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Brookhaven Lab scientists use simple, 'green' process to create novel core-shell catalyst that tolerates carbon monoxide in fuel cells and opens new, inexpensive pathways for zero-emission vehicles.
Imaging with Nanoscale Resolution at NSLS-II
Monday, September 16, 2013
Exploring the nanoworld takes “seeing” at the nanoscale. Brookhaven scientists address the technical challenges of focusing x-rays with nanoscale resolution.
Molecular Structure Reveals How the Antibiotic Streptomycin Works
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Streptomycin was the first antibiotic developed to treat tuberculosis yet until recently, scientists did not completely understand how it works at the molecular level. At Brookhaven’s NSLS, researchers have used x-ray crystallography to complete the picture.
Shedding New Light on the 'Electron Highways' of Organic Solar Cells
Friday, August 30, 2013
Researchers at Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University have developed a way to map out the degree of "traffic congestion" on the electron highways within the photoactive layer of organic solar cells.
For Better Li-ion Batteries, Scientists Watch One at Work
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Using x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source, a group of researchers has studied, in great detail, the nanoscale workings of a lithium-ion battery.
NSLS-II Early Science Workshop a Success
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A workshop that focused on first possible experiments at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), held August 12-13, 2013, at Brookhaven National Laboratory, hinted at the exciting opportunities for new science at the facility.
Elevated Levels of Copper in Amyloid Plaques Associated with Neurodegeneration in Mouse Models of Alzheimer's Disease
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Findings published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging suggest excess copper may be neurotoxic or at least indicative of early abnormality.
Groundbreaking at NSLS-II: The SIX Satellite Building
Friday, August 16, 2013
The main experimental hall is constructed at NSLS-II, but recently a group of scientists and engineers gathered to break ground on a satellite building to house one of the facility's most exciting future beamlines.
Bright Light, Big Mirror: Precision X-ray Focusing at NSLS-II
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Now in residence at the XPD beamline at NSLS-II is the longest mirror ever made with practically perfect flatness, which will make state-of-the-art science possible.
Stunning Science: The Unexpected Eye Candy of Experimentation
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
From atomic-scale patterns to animations of primordial plasma, Brookhaven Lab scientists use striking imagery to push research forward.
Scientists Discover Hidden Magnetic Waves in High-Temperature Superconductors
Sunday, August 4, 2013
X-ray technique reveals surprising quantum excitations that persist through custom-made materials with or without the presence of superconductivity.
Workshop on First Experiments at NSLS-II
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
To encourage the development of early science at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Photon Sciences Directorate is hosting the NSLS-II First-Experiments Workshop, August 12-13, 2013.
First Beamlines at NSLS-II Take Shape
Monday, July 22, 2013
The National Synchrotron Light Source II is slated to open in 2015, but the first beamlines that will enable world-leading science at the facility are already beginning to fill the experimental floor.
One for the Records: Recovery from NSLS Vacuum Leak
Thursday, July 18, 2013
In an effort called “extraordinary” by NSLS users, a technical team repairs a difficult vacuum leak in the X-Ray Ring.
Scientists Identify Promising Antiviral Compounds
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified two promising candidates for the development of drugs against human adenovirus, a cause of ailments ranging from colds to gastrointestinal disorders to pink eye.
Toward Tinier Transistors
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Driven by consumer demand for ever smaller electronics, researchers are probing the electronic behavior of a germanium-based structure that may lead to tinier transistors.
Users' Meeting Workshops Touch on Past, Present & Future
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The six daylong workshops conducted in the two days bracketing the 2013 NSLS/CFN Joint Users’ Meeting plenary session represented the full spectrum of synchrotron history at Brookhaven Lab.
Scientists Use X-rays to Connect Mantle Chemistry with Carbon Cycle
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Using the National Synchrotron Light Source, geologists examined volcanic glass from mid-ocean ridges and have discovered a surprising link between deep-earth carbon reservoirs and the oxidation state of iron in the mantle. Their work appeared on the cover of Science.
NSLS-II Project Wins Construction Awards
Monday, June 24, 2013
As conventional construction comes to an end, kudos are coming in for a job well done.
Extreme Insulating-to-conducting Nanowires Promise Novel Applications
Friday, June 21, 2013
Scientists are just beginning to discover and investigate materials that can change from insulators to conductors at room temperature under an applied voltage.
A Designer Enzyme for Alternative Energy
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Scientists have designed an enzyme that can harvest the energy of atmospheric oxygen with high efficiency and long life. Their work can lead to artificial enzymes for applications in alternative energy.
Researchers Gain Insight into Key Protein Linked to Development of Cancers and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Thursday, May 30, 2013
in part on data collected at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have uncovered details of a molecular interaction responsible for intracellular energy transfer.
X-rays from NSLS Reveal Fuel Cells in Action
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Georgia Tech researchers use a custom-designed furnace and high-intensity x-rays to study solid-state fuel cell components under operation at Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source.
Open Up, Break it Down, Get it Out There!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The 2013 NSLS/CFN Joint Users' Meeting fully embraced this year's theme: "Telling our story, sharing our science."
2013 Baumert Award to Jarrett Moyer
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Jarrett Moyer, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, is this year's recipient of the Julian Baumert Ph.D. Thesis Award.
DNA-Guided Assembly Yields Novel Ribbon-Like Nanostructures
Thursday, May 16, 2013
DNA "linker" strands coax nano-sized rods to line up in way unlike any other spontaneous arrangement of rod-shaped objects. The arrangement—with the rods forming "rungs" on ladder-like ribbons could result in the fabrication of new nanostructured materials with desired properties.
Lyme Disease Vaccine Developed by Stony Brook and Brookhaven Researchers Shows Promise in Clinical Trial
Friday, May 10, 2013
The results of a clinical trial in Europe of an investigational Lyme disease vaccine co-developed by researchers at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at Baxter International Inc. revealed promising results. The vaccine produced substantial antibodies against all targeted species of Borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme disease in Europe and the United States.
Brookhaven Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Hands-on science experiments and tours of laboratory facilities made Brookhaven's Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day a fun and educational event for children of employees all over the Lab.
The Surprising Ooze Factor of Glass
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Glass is an amorphous solid, consisting of molecules jumbled in disarray. The physical change of a liquid going to an amorphous solid has puzzled scientists for a long time. Synchrotron-based research potentially resolves a long-standing debate about the dynamics of glass formers.
Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Researchers at Brookhaven Lab describe details of a low-cost, stable, effective catalyst made from renewable soybeans and abundant molybdenum metal that could replace costly platinum in the production of hydrogen.
Syosset High School Student Makes Finals in International Science Competition
Monday, April 22, 2013
Syosset high school student advances to the final round of an international science competition for energy research conducted at Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source.
Temperature-dependent Radiolysis Reveals Dynamics of Bound Protein Waters
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A team of scientists from Case Western Reserve University used the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven Lab to develop a technique that pinpoints the location and motion of water molecules bound to proteins.
486th Brookhaven Lecture on Wednesday, 4/17
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Scientists at Brookhaven Lab are addressing major technical challenges to achieve unprecedented capabilities at NSLS-II. Join Yong Chu of the Photon Sciences Directorate on Wednesday, April 17, for the 486th Brookhaven Lecture, "The Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at NSLS-II: A Big Microscope to Tackle Challenges at the Nanoscale."
SBU Professors Collaborate on NSF-Funded 'Materials Genome Initiative'
Monday, April 15, 2013
Three Stony Brook University researchers have been selected to receive an $800,000 Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Women @ Energy: Vivian Stojanoff
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Vivian Stojanoff works at Brookhaven National Laboratory where she uses x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source to study how atoms are arranged in protein crystals, because the arrangement affects how proteins function.
Structure Helps Yield Drug "Hypersensitivity" Tests for Patients
Monday, April 8, 2013
Researchers are studying an antiviral drug known to cause hypersensitivity in patients who carry a particular gene. Using x-rays at Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source, they were able to "see" how at the molecular level, the drug binds to the protein created from the gene, triggering the immune response.
Battery Research at NSLS Aims to Solve Energy Storage Challenges
Friday, April 5, 2013
The next big frontier for battery technology is efficient, grid-scale storage. Experiments to exploit the properties of single-use alkaline batteries for large-scale batteries could lead to the next energy revolution and provide safe storage for immense amounts of power.
Beamline Hutches Filling NSLS-II Experimental Floor
Thursday, March 21, 2013
NSLS-II will produce x-rays 10,000 times brighter than NSLS. To keep people safe from intense x-rays in the new facility, special enclosures, called hutches, will surround particular sections of beamlines.
A Metal Switch to Control Motor Proteins
Monday, March 18, 2013
At the National Synchrotron Light Source, researchers engineered a way to slow down and rev up motor proteins within cells by introducing common metals. This technique is a valuable tool that will enable future studies of energy conversion in enzymes.
Diane Hatton Named One of Brookhaven Town's Women of the Year
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The annual Brookhaven Town Women of the Year awards recognize outstanding contributions to the community, for which Hatton has been honored in the business category. She attributes her success as Chief Operating Officer of the Photon Sciences Directorate to the mentorship and opportunities she has received at the Lab.
Accelerating Particles Accelerates Science — With Big Benefits for Society
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tackling the most challenging problems in accelerator science attracts the world's best and brightest to Brookhaven Lab. It's only natural that ideas and techniques born here take root in new research facilities around the world — and spark a host of spin-off applications for industry, medicine, national security, and more.
In Memoriam: Michael Lehecka
Friday, March 8, 2013
Michael Lehecka, a technician in Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate, died on February 10. He was 51 years old.
Final Magnet Girders Installed at NSLS-II
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
With painstaking precision, Brookhaven engineers aligned and delivered the final magnet girders needed to focus the near-light-speed electron beam at NSLS-II. Aligning the magnets to within the width of a hair took years of planning, an incredibly skilled team, and, surprisingly, a simple piece of wire.
Sound, Light Sources and the Thrill of Glimpsing the Future
Thursday, February 28, 2013
This past January at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) X25 beamline, a new method to collect data from protein crystals using sound waves to eject the crystals through the air into an X-ray beam was successfully tested.
Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves LEED Gold Certification
Monday, February 25, 2013
The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes Brookhaven's newest building, a half-mile accelerator ring to be dedicated in part to studies of new energy materials and technologies, with an internationally recognized certification of its "green" design.
Brookhaven Lab Physicist Receives Charles Hirsch Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Friday, February 22, 2013
Novel design of accelerator components enables exploration of fundamental physics, materials science, and more.
Help Choose the Next Iconic "Big Science" Image
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Vote for your favorite photo among the stunning submissions from the world's top physics facilities, including Brookhaven Lab.
UC Riverside Researcher Using Snail Teeth to Improve Solar Cells and Batteries
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Assistant professor David Kisailus studies the chiton, a marine snail found off the coast of California, to develop nanoscale materials for energy applications.
Mysterious Rembrandt: X-ray analysis of detailed mock-up shows how to reveal hidden paintings
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A sophisticated X-ray technology is paving the way to uncover the secrets of a 380-year-old Rembrandt masterpiece.
Brookhaven Lab Physicist Receives Technological Innovation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Brookhaven physicist Zheng Li receives the 2012 IEEE Technological Innovation Award for the development of a novel silicon detector.
483rd Brookhaven Lecture on Wednesday, 1/16
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Not all scientific discoveries occur at the smallest increments of a ruler or stopwatch. Join Andrei Fluerasu of the Photon Sciences Directorate for the 483rd Brookhaven Lecture, titled "Coherent X-ray Scattering: Dynamics of Crowded Colloids and Other Stories," on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Breakthrough Iron-based Superconductors Set New Performance Records
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
New fabrication method could advance technologies ranging from medical imaging devices to grid-scale energy storage.
Growing Cutting-edge X-ray Optics
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Scientists use a custom-designed machine and a reprogrammed Xbox controller to create atomically precise lenses.
X-rays Illuminate Nitrogen’s Role in Single-layer Graphene
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Researchers using x-rays to study a single-atom-thick layer of carbon, called graphene, have learned new information about its atomic bonding and electronic properties when the material is “doped” with nitrogen atoms.
From Camp Upton to NSLS, Five Generations At Brookhaven Lab
Monday, November 26, 2012
When Julius Makra came to New York by boat from his native country of Hungary in the years before World War I, he had no idea that his employment at the Camp Upton Army base on Long Island would set into motion what may be BNL’s longest running lineage.
Brookhaven Lab’s Chongai Kuang Wins Award for Research on Atmospheric Particles
Friday, November 9, 2012
BNL’s Chongai Kuang has won the American Association of Aerosol Research’s 2012 Sheldon K. Friedlander Award.
How do floating water bridges defy gravity?
Monday, November 5, 2012
The term “floating water bridge” may sound nonsensical, but it’s the most logical name for a phenomenon that occurs when two beakers of water set slightly apart are zapped with high-voltage electricity and the water molecules jump across the gap to connect and form a thin thread of water.
Infrared Absorption Boosted by Layering Sheets of Graphene
Monday, October 22, 2012
Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has been hailed as a “wonder material” due to its almost unbelievable properties.
Talk on Unravelling Mysteries of Pre-Columbian Artifacts, 10/23
Monday, October 22, 2012
José Luis Ruvalcaba of the National Autonomous University of Mexico will give a talk on “The Science in Unravelling the Mysteries of Pre-Columbian Artifacts,” on Tuesday, October 23, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Live webcast will be available on WBNL.
NSLS user receives largest NSF instrumentation grant of 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.7 million grant to Mark Chance, director of the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, for work with the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Biologists Describe Details of New Mechanism for Molecular Interactions
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
“Molecular sled” carries viral enzyme along DNA to find and interact with target proteins. The findings suggest this new mechanism of enzyme-protein interaction may be universal.
NSLS Enables Critical Assessment of Proposed Solar Material
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In a study conducted in part at NSLS, a research group has gained valuable information about a material being investigated for use in an emerging technology for renewable energy production: using sunlight-absorbing semiconductors to split water molecules and yield hydrogen gas, which can be fed into a fuel cell to generate electricity or used as fuel itself.
Swift Progress on NSLS-II Booster
Monday, October 1, 2012
The electrons that will generate intense, focused beams of x-rays at NSLS-II are accelerated to their target energy before they enter the large main ring.
A New Approach for Solving Protein Structures
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Recently, scientists from NSLS, the New York Structural Biology Center and Columbia University discovered a new method to determine molecular structures that would have been difficult or impossible to solve otherwise.
BNL’s Researchers Help Connect Nuclear Science and Nanoscience for Safer Reactors
Friday, August 31, 2012
Simerjeet Gill has been using the NSLS and the CFN to study radiation damage-tolerant nanocomposites, which may hold the key to solving problems of cracking, swelling and embrittlement in nuclear materials.
Brookhaven National Lab Funded for Research to Enable Safer Nuclear Power
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Nick Simos of BNL’s Nuclear Sciences Department will be the principal investigator on a research project awarded $990,000 through the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program, designed to enable cross-cutting research that will fundamentally improve the safety and performance of nuclear reactors.
NIH Grants $1 Million Dollars for New Detectors at NSLS
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
New technology at the National Synchrotron Light Source will allow biologists to study proteins from a different perspective.
Crystallography Users Learn Remote Data Collection Ahead of Shutdown
Monday, August 6, 2012
During this year’s annual RapiData course, hosted in April at NSLS by the Protein Crystallography Research Resource (PXRR), a group of students participated in a remote data-collection training workshop, the first of its kind at the facility.
Congressional Committee Praises Brookhaven Lab Science Facilities
Thursday, August 2, 2012
DOE user facilities noted for scientific breakthroughs that drive innovation and promote economic growth.
Scientists Create Low-Lignin Plants with Improved Potential for Biofuel Production
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Engineered enzyme alters cell wall composition in ways that could make it easier to convert plant biomass into biofuels.
NSLS Helps Fine-Tune Vision of New NASA Telescope Array
Monday, July 30, 2012
This summer, NASA is deploying NuSTAR, an array of focusing telescopes that will map the sky in the high-energy X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum. These maps will allow scientists to study black holes, supernovae, and other cosmic phenomena. But the new telescope array might not have been possible without the high-tech testing at Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source.
Former Brookhaven Intern to Race in Olympic Games
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Maria Michta, daughter of a Brookhaven beamline scientist and a former student intern, will represent the U.S.A. in the Olympic 20,000-meter racewalk.
Armored Caterpillar Could Inspire New Body Armor
Friday, June 8, 2012
New insights into the unique structure of the fist-like club of mantis shrimp could advance materials used for military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames.
Notes from the 2012 NSLS & CFN Joint Users Meeting
Monday, June 4, 2012
This year’s NSLS/CFN Joint Users’ Meeting, attended by more than 400, was generally upbeat, as always.
Magnetic Materials, Bleeding-Edge Technology and NSLS: Questions and Answers With Brookhaven Lab’s Darío Arena
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Darío Arena, a scientist at Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source, explains his work probing the magnetic characteristics of compounds and alloys that advance technological applications from cloud computing to medical imaging.
478th Brookhaven Lecture Today, 5/24: “A New Spin on Magnets: Using X-Rays to Explore Novel Magnetic Materials”
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Magnets are essential components for advanced applications from cloud computing to medical imaging. Join Darío Arena for the 478th Brookhaven Lecture, “A New Spin on Magnets: Using X-Rays to Explore Novel Magnetic Materials,” in Berkner Hall on Thursday, May 24, at 4 p.m.
2012 NSLS & CFN Joint Users’ Meeting Starts Today, 5/21
Monday, May 21, 2012
All are invited to the plenary sessions for the 2012 NSLS & CFN Joint Users’ Meeting that starts today, May 21. Speakers this morning include Doon Gibbs of BNL, Harriet Kung from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and Gina Kolata of the New York Times.
Internal Atomic Structure Reveals Key to Pollution-Fighting Bacteria
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Molecular bonds may explain mechanism behind unique enzyme’s bioremediation of carcinogenic pollutants.
Commissioning the Linac at NSLS-II
Friday, May 11, 2012
The commissioning of the National Synchrotron Light Source II’s linear accelerator, or Linac, signifies the first step in the completion of NSLS-II — a multi-year, multi-million dollar project that will yield the most sophisticated and powerful synchrotron light source in the world.
Topological Insulator Shows Promise for New Class of Room-Temperature Electronics
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
In the search for new materials with improved electrical conductivity, scientists at Brookhaven Lab have found a candidate that appears to be “protected” from two kinds of current-killing scattering — at least on the surface.
New Technique Uses Electrons to Map Nanoparticle Atomic Structures
Friday, May 4, 2012
A Brookhaven/Columbia Engineering School team of scientists shwos how a form of nanocrystallography can be carried out using a transmission electron microscope ‹ an instrument found in many chemistry and materials science laboratories.
Celebrating Two Milestones at NSLS-II
Thursday, May 3, 2012
About 440 people gathered in the hangar-like hallway of NSLS-II on April 26 to celebrate two major construction milestones: completion of the massive ring building in February and the commissioning of the light source’s linear accelerator, or LINAC, in March.
Welcome to the 2012 Joint NSLS/CFN Users Meeting, May 21-23
Monday, April 30, 2012
‘Expanding the Toolbox for 21st Century Science’ is the theme of the 2012 Joint National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users’ Meeting, to be held May 21-23. Register by May 4.
New Light Source Construction More Than 70 Percent Complete
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Construction of the $912-million National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at BNL is more than 70 percent complete – on schedule and on budget.
Celebration of Jobs Well Done!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Please join Steve Dierker of the Photon Sciences Directorate today, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate two recent milestones for the NSLS-II Project.
Scientists Discover Bilayer Structure in Efficient Solar Material
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Detailed studies of one of the best-performing organic photovoltaic materials reveal an unusual bilayer lamellar structure that may help explain the material’s superior performance at converting sunlight to electricity and guide the synthesis of new materials with even better properties.
New Microscope Captures Nanoscale Structures in Dazzling 3D
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
New device stitches together thousands of images to create unparalleled visions of nature’s tiniest objects.
NSLS-II: On Schedule and On Budget
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The $912-million construction project to build the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is on schedule and on budget.
Antagonistic Catalysis: Creating a Bifunctional and Tunable Acid-Base Catalyst
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Researchers have coaxed an acid and a base to work in tandem to trigger chemical reactions.
Details of Hot Quark Soup, New Liquid Neutrino Detector, and Ultra-Bright Light Source
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Brookhaven Lab highlights at the April 2012 meeting of the American Physical Society include answers to intriguing questions including: What was the universe like microseconds after the Big Bang? Can you catch an elusive neutrino in a watery liquid? What features will the world’s newest ultra-bright light source reveal?
A.J. Francis Named Scientist Emeritus
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Arokiasamy J. Francis of the Environmental Sciences Department has been named Scientist Emeritus for his distinguished contributions to microbiology and remediation. Francis retired in November 2011 after a 36-year career at BNL.
The Hutches Are Coming
Monday, March 26, 2012
Spring brings anticipation about the arrival of hutches for the initial set of six beamlines at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Catalysis Chemist Accelerates Alternative Energy Research
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Goldhaber Fellow Jonathan Hull is part of a team designing catalysts that could be vital to the development of renewable fuels.
DOE Renews Grants to NSLS Users
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Department of Energy has renewed two grants to user teams at the National Synchrotron Light Source. Both are funded for a period of three years.
The World's First Sterilizable Flexible Organic Transistor
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
An international research team has succeeded in manufacturing the world’s first flexible organic transistor that is robust enough to withstand the high temperature medical sterilization process, making it a step toward the development of implantable electronic medical devices.
Ward Melville Students Go "Shopping" at BNL
Monday, March 5, 2012
BNL’s Central Fabrication Services staff demonstrated techniques of their crafts to students in a mechanical and electronic engineering program at Ward Melville High School.
Meet Allen Orville and Bo Yu
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) has granted tenure to 10 BNL scientists. The newly tenured scientists will be featured in the coming weeks. Today, find out about the contributions of the Biology Department’s Allen Orville and the Instrumentation Division’s Bo Yu.
CASE Accelerates Accelerator Education
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE) is a joint Stony Brook-Brookhaven graduate and post-graduate program focused on the development of the next crop of accelerator scientists and engineers.
NSLS Study Opens a Window into Molecular Self-Assembly
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The natural phenomenon of self-assembly — how molecules or other entities gather to become ordered objects or arrays — occurs in many areas of science, from nanomaterials to biology.
Studying a New State of Matter with Synchrotron Light
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
With an eye on the developing and exciting fields of spintronics (electronics based on electron spin rather than charge) and quantum computing, scientists working in part at the National Synchrotron Light Source have learned important information about a new state of matter known as a topological insulator.
Self-Assembly by Instruction: Designing Nanoscale Systems Using DNA-Based Approaches
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Join Physicist Oleg Gang of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials as he gives the 474th Brookhaven Lecture tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18.
NSLS-II Will Showcase LEED Elements
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Under the direction of Marty Fallier, the Facilities Division within Photon Sciences has worked with HDR, Inc., to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for three separate NSLS-II construction projects.
Graphene-based Catalyst Shows Promise for Fuel Cells
Thursday, December 29, 2011
MIT scientists, doing part of their work on beamline X11 at the National Synchrotron Light Source, have made a promising graphene-based catalyst to improve fuel cells.
Using X-rays to Peel Back the Layers of a Purported Rembrandt
Friday, December 2, 2011
Research using an advanced x-ray detector at Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source helps to authenticate an unknown Rembrandt, providing compelling evidence that the famous Dutch master did indeed have his own hand on the work.
X-rays Reveal an Unfinished Self-Portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn
Friday, December 2, 2011
On Friday 2 December 2011 an unknown painting by Rembrandt is being presented at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. Research conducted at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven Lab played an important role in the authentication of this artwork.
New Microscope at Brookhaven Lab Promises Unprecedented Experimental Opportunities in Materials Science
Monday, November 28, 2011
A new class of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic microscope has been developed at BNL.
Plate Tectonics Coming of Age
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Study shows that the process of subduction we observe today as a by-product of plate tectonics was present on Earth more than two billion years ago.
‘Ancient Materials and Artworks Illuminated By Synchrotron Light’
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Join Eric Dooryhee of the Photon Sciences Directorate as he gives the 472nd Brookhaven Lecture, titled “Ancient Materials and Artworks Illuminated by Synchrotron Light,” today at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall.
Brookhaven Lab Scientists Help Siemens Competition Regional Winners With Their Research
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Alexandra McHale, a senior at Smithtown High School East, and Ariella and Eliana Applebaum, twin sisters who are juniors at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, New Jersey, credit BNL with providing them with the crucial expertise and facilities needed to become regional winners in the 2011-2012 Siemens Competition.
Model of Enzyme’s Structure Could Spur New Therapies
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Structure of enzyme complex that regulates vital cell functions provides drug developers with a specific and unique new target for treatments.
NSLS-II IXS Beamline Achieves Key R&D Goal
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The group developing the NSLS-II inelastic x-ray scattering (IXS) beamline, one of the facility's six “project” beamlines, recently reached an important development milestone.
Scientists Target Bacteria “Quorum Sensing” as a Route to New Antibacterial Therapies
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By studying how to inhibit quorum sensing, the way bacteria communicate and coordinate collective behaviors, scientists may be able create antibacterial pharmaceuticals for a variety of ailments.
Nanoconfinement of Organic Solar Cell Material Enhances Conductivity
Monday, October 24, 2011
Nanometer-scale restructuring of a polymer used in organic solar cells could lead to improved devices.
Department of Energy Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), today announced 60 cutting-edge research projects aimed at dramatically improving how the U.S. produces and uses energy.
BNL Researchers Debut New Glass Reactor to Study Battery Materials Synthesis
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A team of Brookhaven researchers has fabricated a new transparent chemical reactor vessel that may give scientists in many fields a window into real-time chemistry.
Nanoimprinting Controls Orientation of Organic Solar Polymers
Monday, September 12, 2011
Restructuring organic polymers could lead to more efficient conversion of sunlight to electricity.
First NSLS-II Magnet Girder Installed
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Supervisor Frank Lincoln explains how the first magnet girder is installed in the NSLS-II storage ring.
Brookhaven Lab Awards $5.2 Million to New Jersey Company
Friday, September 2, 2011
Brookhaven has awarded a $5.2-million contract to a New Jersey company to build lead and steel enclosures for scientific equipment at NSLS-II.
Injecting Electrons into a Single Sheet of Carbon Atoms through Chemical Substitution
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Injecting electrons into a single sheet of carbon atoms through chemical substitution may result in transparent conductors for organic solar cells with increased power conversion efficiency.
A Material's Magnetic Surprise Could Mean New Technologies
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Scientists working at the NSLS have discovered an unusually fragile, unstable magnetic state in a member of a class of materials known for its robust magnetic behaviors.
The Softer Side of X-rays — Researchers Use NSLS to Probe Cadmium-Contaminated Soil
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Researchers used NSLS to confirm that the flooding and drying cycles induced during rice cultivation in Thailand affect the chemical composition of cadmium-contaminated soils.
LOBs Taking Shape Around NSLS-II Ring
Monday, August 1, 2011
The first laboratory-office building (LOB) for staff and users at NSLS-II has quickly taken shape, in full view of Brookhaven Avenue on the north side of the ring building.
Rare Coupling of Magnetic and Electric Properties in a Single Material
Monday, July 25, 2011
Scientists have observed a new way that magnetic and electric properties can coexist in a special class of materials.
Summer Sunday of 7/24: Visit the NSLS, NSLS-II
Friday, July 22, 2011
The National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and the next-generation NSLS-II will be open to the public during the next BNL “Summer Sunday” on July 24.
Brain Iron as an Early Predictor of Alzheimers Disease
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Research conducted at NSLS and Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source points to the use of elevated brain iron content as a potential tool for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Brookhaven Lab Awards $7.8-Million Refrigeration Contract
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Brookhaven National Laboratory has awarded a $7.8-million contract to Linde Cryogenics, who will work with two other companies to provide a helium refrigerator for the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Using Sound to Mount Microcrystals for X-ray Diffraction
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Brookhaven researchers are using high-frequency sound waves along with extremely bright x-rays to look at the atomic structures of complex biological molecules.
Researchers Image Electron Clouds on the Surface of Graphene, Revealing How Folds in the Remarkable Material Can Harm Conductivity
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Researchers used NSLS and the Canadian Light Source to reveal how folds and ripples in graphene can harm its conductivity.
CSI Brookhaven: 500-Year-Old Hair Tells Story of Royal Mercury Poisoning
Thursday, June 23, 2011
With intense beams of x-rays at NSLS, researchers are using hair samples collected from the decomposed bodies of two 15th-century Italian royals to determine how they really died.
Brookhaven Lab Wins Two R&D 100 Awards for Imaging Devices Used in Scientific Research
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
BNL has won two R&D 100 Awards for developing imaging tools that will help researchers study materials ranging from seventeenth-century paintings to photovoltaics.
Self-Cleaning Anodes: Researchers Develop Nanoparticle Technology That Could Facilitate Cost-Effective Coal-Powered Fuel Cells
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Researchers have developed a self-cleaning technique that could allow solid oxide fuel cells to be powered directly by coal gas at relatively low operating temperatures.
Science-based Murder Mystery Draws Community to Brookhaven Lab
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A science café highlighting crime novelist Archer Mayor’s latest book, Red Herring, attracted about 60 people to BNL.
NSLS-CFN Users’ Meeting Draws Record Number of Attendees
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Nearly 500 visiting scientists, staff members, funding representatives, and exhibitors gathered for the annual NSLS-CFN joint users’ meeting.
INCREASE Signs MOU with Brookhaven Lab, Develops Energy Storage Proposal
Monday, June 6, 2011
More than 50 faculty members from minority-serving institutions came to Brookhaven to finalize an energy storage research proposal based on tools at the CFN and NSLS.
InSynC Workshop Trains New Batch of NSLS Users
Friday, June 3, 2011
The Introducing Synchrotrons into the Classroom workshop trained 22 local and international teachers who are interested in using NSLS with their students.
Bacterial Protein Caught in the Act of Secreting Sticky Appendages
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Atomic-level structural images and mechanism suggest new targets for antibacterial drugs.
NSLS Nanoscience Research May Lead to Better Auto Tires
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Scientists working at Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) are studying a material that may lead to greatly improved tires.
Science Café: Using Science to Solve a Crime, June 9
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Novelist Archer Mayor will lead a discussion about his recently penned murder mystery, which uses NSLS to solve the crime.
Activated Graphene Makes Superior Supercapacitors for Energy Storage
Thursday, May 12, 2011
New material, characterized at CFN, combines high storage capacity with quick energy release and unlimited recharge.
Brookhaven Lab Awards $6.5 Million Contract to Local High-tech Company
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bnl has awarded Advanced Energy Systems, Inc., a small high-tech company located in Medford, NY, a $6.5 million contract to build critical elements of a new light source.
Expanding the Degrees of Surface Freezing
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Researchers have discovered that the molecules in thin films remain frozen at a temperature where the bulk material is molten. Thin molecular films have a range of applications extending from organic solar cells to biosensors.
Brookhaven Lab to Host Particle Accelerator Conference in NYC
Monday, March 28, 2011
More than 850 scientists, engineers, students, and industry representatives will convene in New York City at the end of March for the 2011 Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC’11).
Tracking the Moves of Electrons
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Improved x-ray techniques give scientists inside look at electron dynamics in superconductors, other advanced materials.
Brookhaven Lab's New Light Source Halfway There
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Brookhaven National Laboratory is now halfway toward completing construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a powerful x-ray microscope nearly half a mile in circumference.
Brookhaven Lab's New Light Source Halfway There
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Brookhaven Lab is now halfway toward completing construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a powerful x-ray microscope nearly half a mile in circumference. Construction started in 2009 on the $912-million facility.
Concrete Pour in NSLS-II Ring
Friday, March 11, 2011
The mezzanine floor of the ring building tunnel for NSLS-II was completed when the last concrete was placed in February 2011.
Local Students, Teachers Become NSLS Researchers Through InSynC Program
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Three Long Island classes used the National Synchrotron Light Source last week in experiments that they designed and controlled, without ever leaving the classroom.
Brookhaven Lab’s Top 5 Scientific Discoveries of 2010
Friday, January 14, 2011
From the creation of 4-trillion-degree matter that existed just microseconds after the Big Bang to new nanocatalysts that can make fuel-cell cars more economical, BNL made a series of stunning discoveries in 2010.
Three Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded three scientists from BNL the distinction of Fellow.
Cracking the Children’s Fingerprint Disappearing Act
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Researchers used the National Synchrotron Light Source to determine why children’s fingerprints disappear faster than those of adults.
First Beam Time Allocated to Local Classrooms through InSynC Program
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Students and teachers from three Long Island classrooms will use Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source to perform experiments this winter.
An Elegant Cycle: Molybdenum’s Availability in Soil Deciphered
Friday, November 19, 2010
Researchers working at NSLS have solved the mystery of how molybdenum, one of the elements needed to prepare nitrogen for plant consumption, is available in soil.
NSLS-II Ring Building Gap Closes
Thursday, November 18, 2010
In a matter of hours, spread over two days, construction workers at the NSLS-II site closed the gap in the ring building. The half-mile circle is now complete.
‘Super-catalyst’ Found to Purify Hydrogen
Monday, November 15, 2010
Using analytic techniques at NSLS, Brookhaven scientists have developed a catalyst that efficiently produces pure hydrogen.
New Highly Stable Fuel-Cell Catalyst Gets Strength from its Nano Core
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Palladium core protects precious platinum; enhances reactivity/stability of electrocatalyst for automotive applications.
Detective Novel Uses NSLS to Help Solve a Crime
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Novelist Archer Mayor includes Brookhaven National Laboratory in his latest whodunit.
On Top of the Ring
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Roof work continues on top of the ring building for the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
Expanding the Toolbox for Superconducting Film Investigations
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Using a combination of unique tools to build and analyze films just nanometers thick, a group of researchers found subtle structural changes that are known to alter superconducting properties.
Protein Shows How Plants Keep Their Mouths Shut
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Using intense beams of x-rays at Brookhaven Lab, researchers have uncovered the atomic structure of a protein responsible for closing the “mouths,” or stomata, of plants.
Anti-cancer Agent Stops Metastasis in its Tracks
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Like microscopic inchworms, cancer cells slink away from tumors to travel and settle elsewhere in the body. Now, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College report in the journal Nature that new anti-cancer agents break down the looping gait these cells use to migrate, stopping them in their tracks.
2,000 Jobs – Countless Discoveries
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
On October 13, 2010, construction workers, elected officials, and Lab employees celebrated twin milestones for the National Synchrotron Light Source II and Interdisciplinary Science Building.
Directors Named for Brookhaven Lab's Photon Sciences Directorate
Monday, October 18, 2010
BNL has named four directors to manage its Photon Sciences Directorate. Replacing the Light Sources Directorate as of October 1, the newly named directorate will manage the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), operating since 1982, and its successor, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), now under construction and expected to be operational by 2014.
Key Difference in How TB Bacteria Degrade Doomed Proteins
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Scientists at BNL and Stony Brook University have discovered a key difference in the way human cells and Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB, deliver unwanted proteins — marked with a “kiss of death” sequence — to their respective cellular recycling factories.
Multi-Component Nano-Structures with Tunable Optical Properties
Thursday, September 30, 2010
First successful assembly of 3-D multi-component nanoscale structures with tunable optical properties brings researchers one step closer to applications in solar energy, sensors, and tiny circuits
New Photon Sciences Directorate
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Effective October 1, 2010, the Photon Sciences Directorate has replaced the Light Sources Directorate. The new management structure integrates all staff and activities of the separate NSLS Department organization and NSLS-II Project organization, both of which no longer exist.
Going the Extra Mile for GEM
Monday, August 23, 2010
Brookhaven Lab hosted 13 GEM interns this summer, two of whom won honors at the GEM Fellow Technical Presentation Competition.
Reading and Writing and Synchrotrons: Joint InSynC-INCREASE Meeting Brings Teachers, Professors to NSLS
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Last month, more than 30 educators from two unique groups came to Brookhaven Lab to gain synchrotron skills for themselves and their students
Brookhaven Awards $34-Million Contract for Light Source II Buildings
Friday, August 13, 2010
BNL has announced the selection of the general contractor for construction of laboratory-office buildings (LOBs) for the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II).
Autodesk Software Speeds Nanotech Research Development at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Autodesk, Inc. has named Brookhaven National Laboratory as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for July in recognition of its innovative nanotechnology equipment.
NSLS Scientist Demonstrates Power of Intra-lab Collaboration
Monday, July 26, 2010
NSLS researcher Peter Siddons can't remember the first time he approached the BNL Instrumentation Division for assistance, but he has been a steady customer and collaborator for at least 20 years.
BNL Open to Public on Summer Sundays — July 18 Stars The National Synchrotron Light Source
Friday, July 16, 2010
BNL is open to the public for free visits on five Summer Sundays. The next Sunday, July 18, will feature the National Synchrotron Light Source.
New Tools for New Light Source at Brookhaven Lab
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a new project to begin conceptual design of NSLS-II experimental tools, named NEXT.
NYU Chemist Seeman Wins Kavli Prize in Nanoscience
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
NYU's Ned Seeman, a pioneer in the field of DNA nanotechnology and longtime visiting scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory has won the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience.
Climate Change, Clean Energy Define NSLS CFN Users’ Meeting
Friday, June 4, 2010
About 500 visiting scientists, staff members, and funding representatives gathered at BNL for the National Synchrotron Light Source and Center for Functional Nanomaterials Users’ Meeting, which emphasized climate change and the tools scientists are using to combat it.
NSLS Employees, Grad Student Rewarded for Exceptional Work
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This year’s NSLS Users’ Executive Committee Community Service Award was given to NSLS technicians Mike Caruso and Rick Greene and the Julian Baumert Ph.D. Thesis Award was given to Jonathan Rameau, a BNL postdoctoral researcher.
The Smiles Behind the Names
Monday, May 24, 2010
Users are family at Brookhaven Lab. Kathy Nasta and Grace Webster both make sure of that.
Brookhaven Launches Program to Bring Big Science to Classrooms
Monday, May 24, 2010
A new program announced today at Brookhaven Lab will give high school teachers and their students access to multi-million-dollar instruments at one of the nation’s premier scientific facilities.
Ferdinand Willeke and Guangyong Xu Granted Tenure
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Ferdinand Willeke of the Accelerator Systems Division of the National Synchrotron Light Source II project and Guangyong Xu of the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department have been granted tenure.
Brookhaven Lab Scientist Honored at Asian Pacific American Association Celebration
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Brookhaven Lab’s Chi-Chang Kao will be honored at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at Stony Brook University’s Wang Center on May 15.
New Details of Tuberculosis Protein-Cleaving Machinery Revealed
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
New details of a structure that helps tuberculosis (TB) bacteria survive could assist researchers working to develop anti-TB drugs.
Team of K-State Researchers Image Ester Modification of Microscopic Single Starch Granules, A Scientific First
Monday, May 10, 2010
Kansas State University researchers and collaborators applied microscopic chemical imaging to single modified starch granules at Brookhaven Lab's NSLS.
What Makes a Scientist?
Friday, April 30, 2010
PBS affiliates across the country have been airing a one-hour documentary on the trials and tribulations faced by aspiring scientists, filmed in part at the National Synchrotron Light Source.
Take our Children to Work Day Introduces Students to BNL, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Almost 100 children of BNL employees visited the Lab as part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Getting More From Less: Correlated Single-Crystal Spectroscopy and X-ray Crystallography at the NSLS
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
On Wednesday, April 21, join Allen Orville of the Biology Department for the 456th Brookhaven Lecture, titled “Getting More From Less: Correlated Single-Crystal Spectroscopy and X-ray Crystallography at the NSLS.”
Shining Light on Graphene-Metal Interactions
Friday, April 2, 2010
BNL researchers uncover intriguing details about graphene, a single-layer form of carbon with superior electrical and optical properties.
IBM Nanomaterials Study Paves the Way for Remote Access at the NSLS
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
IBM researchers help pioneer remote access protocols for the NSLS with microelectronic nanomaterials study.
Molding the Future of Plastic Electronic Production
Friday, March 19, 2010
Researchers at the NSLS investigate one promising type of organic electronic material that might make lightweight, bendable, and robust electronics producible at low cost.
First Steel Arrives for NSLS-II Ring Building
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The first shipment of steel beams dedicated for the NSLS-II ring building arrived at the construction site last week.
Meet Vivian Stojanoff
Monday, March 15, 2010
A physicist at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), Vivian Stojanoff spends her workdays studying a special kind of crystals — protein crystals.
New Microscope Construction Builds New York State Business Opportunities
Friday, March 12, 2010
Development of a new high-tech microscope at Brookhaven Lab created a unique niche for a New York state optics company.
Scientists Get Funding to Design Anti-Botulism Drugs
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University’s Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) scientists were selected to receive up to $1.4 million in research funds from the Department of Defense to develop anti-botulism drugs.
Scientists Glimpse Nanobubbles on Super Non-Stick Surfaces
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The first glimpse of miniscule air bubbles that keep water from wetting a super non-stick surface could lead to new super-slick materials with applications in energy, medicine, and more.
High-Density Concrete Used in NSLS-II Construction
Thursday, January 28, 2010
In this video, lead structural engineer Tom Joos describes how high-density concrete is used in the construction of NSLS-II where additional shielding is necessary.
Linking Lava and ‘Rust’ to the Earth’s Evolution
Monday, January 11, 2010
Recent research helps explain why certain parts of the Earth’s mantle are more “rusted” than others, one of the first steps in understanding the planet’s evolution.
Two Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded two scientists from Brookhaven Lab with the distinction of Fellow. Chi-Chang Kao and Thomas Ludlam will be among 531 AAAS members to receive this honor.
Switchable Nanostructures Made with DNA
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Using synthetic DNA “linkers,” Brookhaven scientists have built switchable, responsive nanostructures that could be useful as biosensors, in solar cells, and as new materials for data storage.
From the Louvre to NSLS-II: Eric Dooryhee’s Research Bridges the Centuries
Monday, December 14, 2009
Over the past 10 years, Eric Dooryhee has been using Synchrotron Radiation Diffraction (SRD) to examine ancient objects and artifacts from the Louvre museum collections.
DOE, BNL Shine at Advanced Energy 2009 Conference
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
DOE and Brookhaven Lab were well represented at Advanced Energy 2009, New York State’s premier conference for advanced energy.
Stanislaus S. Wong Receives Buck-Whitney Award from the American Chemical Society Eastern New York Section
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Stanislaus S. Wong, a scientist with a joint appointment at Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University, has won the Buck-Whitney Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Eastern New York Section.
Solid Foundation for Future Science at NSLS-II
Thursday, November 19, 2009
An extensive soil excavation process was required to give the National Synchrotron Light Source II a foundation stable enough for the facility’s high-precision experiments.
CSHL team solves structure of NMDA receptor unit that could be drug target for neurological diseases
Friday, November 13, 2009
A team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) reports their success in solving the molecular structure of a key portion of a cellular receptor implicated in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other serious illnesses. Assistant Professor Hiro Furukawa, Ph.D., and colleagues at CSHL, in cooperation with the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory, obtained crystal structures for one of several "subunits" of the NMDA receptor.
Contracts Awarded for Production of NSLS-II Storage Ring Magnets
Monday, November 9, 2009
All seven contracts for the production of the NSLS-II storage ring magnets have now been awarded – a significant milestone for the project. The magnets – 750 in total – will be made by vendors in the United States, Russia, China, Europe, and New Zealand.
NSLS-II Project Beamline Conceptual Designs
Monday, November 9, 2009
The NSLS-II Experimental Facilities Division achieved an important milestone in September when the conceptual design reports for the initial six project beamlines were completed and submitted to NSLS-II management.
NSLS-II Lab-Office Building Design Near Completion
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, the design and construction of the lab-office buildings for NSLS-II has been accelerated so that the buildings will be available for occupancy in FY12 – at least a year earlier than originally planned.
Rock of Ages
Monday, November 9, 2009
The discovery of a large concrete “boulder” with writing and a drawing inscribed on it has excited curiosity at the NSLS-II construction site.
Brookhaven Facilities at the Frontiers of Science…and Art
Monday, October 26, 2009
Local artist Steve Miller uses striking imagery gathered from Brookhaven Lab in work that blends art, science, and technology.
Brookhaven Assembling “Saucer” Device at NSLS
Friday, October 23, 2009
A new vacuum chamber destined for use at the light source looks out of this world.
Metal Deficit in Mouse Brain Plaques Guides Direction of Human Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A study at the NSLS shows that minuscule plaques in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease contain much less metal than the brains of affected humans, a finding that could help pinpoint the effect of metal in the human disease.
Meet Jim Stolfi
Friday, October 16, 2009
Former RHIC inspector Jim Stolfi returns to the Lab to join NSLS-II project.
Seminal Work for 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Conducted at Brookhaven Lab
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Two of this year’s three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry conducted a substantial part of their award-winning research at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven Lab.
BNL Hosts Workshop on Materials in Next-Generation Energy Systems
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Brookhaven workshop on materials under extreme conditions bridges disciplines, highlights role of light sources in studying next-generation energy systems.
First Structural Steel Erected for NSLS-II
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Ten steel columns were incorporated into the ever-growing framework for the National Synchrotron Light Source II last week, the first structural steel erected for the future 400,000-square-foot facility.
High-Res View of Zinc Transport Protein
Sunday, September 13, 2009
New, improved-resolution views of a zinc transporter protein deciphered at Brookhaven Lab provide not just a structure but also a suggested mechanism for how cells sense and regulate zinc.
NIH Funding Renewed for Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $4 million grant to a bioscience consortium that operates five beamlines at the NSLS.
Chemists Reach from the Molecular to the Real World with Creation of 3-D DNA Crystals
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Chemists have created three-dimensional DNA structures, a breakthrough bridging the molecular world to the world where we live. The work, reported in the latest issue of the journal Nature, also has a range of potential industrial and pharmaceutical applications, such as the creation of nanoelectronic components and the organization of drug receptor targets to enable illumination of their 3D structures.
Watch Latest Update on the NSLS-II Project
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
At the Aug. 27 NSLS Town Meeting, Steve Dierker, Project Director for the National Synchrotron Light Source II, gave an update on the status of the NSLS-II project.
Tiny, Powerful Beams Will Enable New Science: Workshop Makes Case for Micro-Beams
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
International workshop participants at BNL conclude that one-micron or sub-micron beams — for example, at NSLS-II — could greatly advance structural biology research, particularly in macromolecular crystallography.
A Kinoform’s Best Friend: Diamond Refractive Lenses for Nanofocusing
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Researchers have demonstrated a reliable path for sculpting an intricate x-ray focusing lens out of diamond, a valuable development for future light sources.
Another First at NSLS-II Construction Site
Monday, August 24, 2009
Workers at the NSLS-II ring building construction site recently completed the first complicated concrete pour for the approximately 19-ft.-tall walls of the Utility Tunnel.
NSLS-II Featured in DOE’s ARRA Newsletter
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
NSLS-II construction is the lead story in the inaugural issue of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Newsletter, published by the DOE Office of Science.
First Major Milestone Achieved for Brookhaven’s Next Big Machine, NSLS-II
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
After recent road testing, NSLS- II magnets hold high-precision alignment, marking first major R&D achievement for BNL’s newest accelerator.
Third Annual Meeting of NSLS INCREASE Consortium Focuses on Heightening Involvement
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The third annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE) stressed the importance of amplifying the participation of faculty and students from minority-serving institutions.
First Concrete Poured for NSLS-II Ring Building
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The first bits of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) ring building are now taking shape after the concrete-pouring process for the new, world-class facility began on Monday, July 20. Once complete, the 400,000 square-foot building will house the accelerator ring, the largest component of the machine.
Learn About the Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source This Sunday, 7/19
Friday, July 17, 2009
See the brightest light on Long Island, and learn how it is used to look into everything from batteries to viruses. Learn about NSLS-II, a bright new light; take the synchrotron-science quiz. Be mesmerized by the “Laser Light Spectacular” show. Summer Sundays are free and open to the public.
Two Brookhaven Lab Scientists Receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Brookhaven scientists Jason Graetz and Paul Sorensen are among 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young research professionals.
UFOs, NSLS Make the Cover of symmetry Magazine
Monday, July 13, 2009
There’s a familiar building on the front of the July edition of symmetry magazine, along with a couple of low-flying, beam-zapping UFOs.
NSLS Conference Room Named in Honor of Former Project Director
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Almost 27 years after the dedication of the National Synchrotron Light Source, the man who helped bring the facility to fruition received his own ceremony.
Syracuse University announces new agreement with Brookhaven National Laboratory
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
A new agreement between Syracuse University and Brookhaven National Laboratory will enable Syracuse faculty and students to use Brookhaven’s state-of-the-art research facilities.
Dancing With Science ...Or a Little Light Music
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Before the official speeches began at the National Synchrotron Light Source II Start-of-Construction Celebration on June 15, employees, users and guests of Brookhaven National Laboratory were reminded of the more poetic side of science by a distinctly non-verbal type of communication.
The NSLS-II Celebration: New Jobs and New Science
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Hundreds gathered at Brookhaven Lab on June 15 to celebrate the start of construction of the Lab’s newest facility, the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which will create 1,000 new jobs on Long Island.
Construction Begins on World-Class Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Monday, June 15, 2009
Brookhaven National Laboratory announced that it is beginning construction of the conventional facilities at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, a project that will advance energy research for the nation and create hundreds of jobs for Long Island over the next several years.
State’s Congressional Delegation Touts Project Benefits from Science to Jobs
Monday, June 15, 2009
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop were among hundreds who celebrated the initiation of the NSLS-II project, which will bring direct economic benefits to Long Island and New York State.
Construction Starts on World's Brightest Light Source
Monday, June 8, 2009
On June 15, a celebration marking the contruction start of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, a $912-million facility that will provide extremely bright beams of x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light, will be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
NSLS-CFN Users' Meeting Highlights Boost, Opportunities in Science Funding
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Pointing to long-awaited increases in support for science, government and Laboratory officials painted a bright picture for the future of research in the United States and Brookhaven at the 2009 joint meeting of the National Synchrotron Light Source and Center for Functional Nanomaterials user communities. (L to R, above: Emilio Mendez, Chi-Chang Kao and Steve Dierker.)
Light Source Illuminates Nanomaterials, Catalysts, Alzheimer's and More
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Scientists will describe current findings with applications in nanoscience, biomedicine, and energy from National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), and how their research will be advanced at NSLS-II, just starting construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
UEC Community Service Award Goes to Keith Klaus
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The National Synchrotron Light Source User Executive Committee will give this year's Community Service Award to Safety Engineer Keith Klaus for outstanding service, innovation, and dedication to users of the NSLS.
Recent Research Highlights Featured by NSLS and CFN
Monday, May 18, 2009
Recent highlights of research at the National Synchrotron Light Source include discoveries of an "on switch" for a cell death signaling mechanism and a new protein function. Research highlights at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials include a BNL-developed DNA-based assembly line for precision nano-cluster construction and the discovery of a potential on-off switch for nanoelectronics.
Construction Camera Offers Birds-Eye View of NSLS-II Progress
Monday, May 11, 2009
There's not much to see yet, but employees and others interested in the tracking the progress of construction at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) can now do so on their computers.
Hendrickson Appointed NSLS-II Associate Project Director for Life Sciences
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wayne A. Hendrickson, a longtime NSLS structural biology user, University Professor at Columbia University, and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been appointed Associate Project Director for Life Sciences at NSLS-II.
Discovery of an Unexpected Boost for Solar Water-Splitting Cells
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The residue of a process used to build arrays of titania nanotubes, previously unnoticed, plays an important role in improving the performance of the nanotubes in solar cells that produce hydrogen gas from water.
RapiData Returns to the NSLS
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Since 1999, students from around the world have gathered at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) every spring for RapiData, a week-long crash course designed to introduce participants to the best and latest equipment and techniques for macromolecular x-ray crystallography.
Brookhaven Lab to Receive $184.3 Million in Recovery Act Funding
Monday, March 23, 2009
Brookhaven Lab will receive $184.3 million in new science funding from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, principally to accelerate construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, a new $912 million project approved to start construction earlier this year by the Department of Energy.
Governor Paterson Announces Plans to Support Brookhaven National Laboratory with NYPA Power Allocation
Friday, February 27, 2009
Governor David A. Paterson announced an agreement to allocate low-cost electricity for Brookhaven National Laboratory that will support the construction of a high-intensity light beam project known as the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II).
NSLS-II Contract Will Mean Hundreds of Jobs for Long Island
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Brookhaven National Laboratory has announced the selection of the general contractor for construction of the conventional facilities at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which will create as many as 1,000 jobs over the next several years. Torcon, Inc., a New Jersey firm with many projects in New York State, has been chosen to construct the building that will house the accelerator ring, the largest component of the machine.
Long-Sought Protein Structure May Help Reveal How ‘Gene Switch’ Works
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The bacterium behind one of mankind's deadliest scourges, tuberculosis, is helping researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Brookhaven National Laboratory move closer to answering the decades-old question of what controls the switching on and off of genes that carry out all of life's functions.
International Collaboration at FIU Leads to Discovery of New Single-Element Compound
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
After creating the compound boron boride, scientists from Florida International University brought samples to Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) for analysis. At the NSLS, powerful beams of x-rays and infrared light revealed the atomic and electronic structure of the compound.
Brookhaven Lab Receives $28 Million to Support Crystallography Facility
Friday, January 23, 2009
Brookhaven National Laboratory has received grants from the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health totaling $28 million to support an X-ray Crystallography Research Resource at the Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source.
Department of Energy Approves Construction Start of NSLS-II Project
Monday, January 12, 2009
To advance its science mission that focuses on critical national challenges, the U.S. Department of Energy has approved the construction start of the state-of-the-art National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Researchers First to "See" Reactive Oxygen Species in Vital Enzyme
Friday, January 9, 2009
Using two simultaneous light-based probing techniques at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a team of researchers has illuminated important details about a class of enzymes involved in everything from photosynthesis to the regulation of biological clocks.
Chi-Chang Kao Named Founding Director of New Photon Science Institute
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Chi-Chang Kao, a physicist and leader in synchrotron light research, has been named founding Director of the Joint Photon Sciences Institute at Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective immediately.
Site Preparation Work To Begin For NSLS-II Facility's Ring Building
Friday, November 7, 2008
Site preparation work for construction of BNL's newest research facility, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), is set to begin next week, subject to approval of the contractor safety plan.
Brookhaven Lab Physicist Samuel Krinsky Wins Free Electron Laser Prize
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Samuel Krinsky, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has won thee 2008 Free Electron Laser (FEL) Prize. Sponsored by the FEL Conference, which was held this year in Gyeungju, Korea, the prize consists of an award citation, a plaque, and approximately $3,000.
BNL's Career Open House Draws 500 to Check Out New Jobs
Friday, April 25, 2008
A At 10 a.m. on March 29, months of preparation by BNL staff came to life as the Berkner Hall doors opened and a stream of potential employees poured into a Career Open House to learn about opportunities for work at the Lab.
Brookhaven Lab Holds Career Open House, March 29
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Brookhaven Lab will hold a Career Open House on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. Human resources representatives and hiring managers will conduct preliminary interviews for specific positions at the Laboratory. Prospective candidates should bring a copy of their resumé.
Feds OK Light Project for Brookhaven Lab
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a $912-million price tag and an eight-year construction schedule for the new National Synchrotron Light Source II research installation at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Department of Energy Grants CD-2 Status to NSLS-II Project
Monday, December 17, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted "Critical Decision 2" (CD-2) status to the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). This decision approves the facility's performance baseline based on preliminary design, signifying a major step forward in the process to make this state-of-the-art research complex a reality.
NSLS-II Priority Increases in DOE Office of Science Landmark Plan Update
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
NSLS-II has been bumped up from a "far-term" to "near-term" priority in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's revision of its 2003 publication, "Facilities for the Future of Science: A Twenty-Year Outlook."
Breaking the Barrier Toward Nanometer X-ray Resolution
Friday, September 28, 2007
A team of researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory have overcome a major obstacle for using refractive lenses to focus x-rays. This method will allow the efficient focusing of x-rays down to extremely small spots and is an important breakthrough in the development of a new, world-leading light source facility that promises advances in nanoscience, energy, biology, and materials research.
"The Place is Here, The Time is Now"
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
More than 450 participants in a major users workshop for the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) were among the first to hear the news that the planned successor to Brookhaven's existing Light Source will be located here.
Big news at Brookhaven
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
In some future history of America's struggle to find new forms of energy, yesterday will stand out in red letters. It was the day the Department of Energy announced that a new light source, capable of illuminating objects as small as a billionth of a meter, will be built right here on Long Island, at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This is huge.
Department of Energy Advances NSLS-II Project
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Department of Energy (DOE) has granted "Critical Decision 1" (CD-1) status to the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II). This decision, which assures the facility's location at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory, is a major step forward in the long process to make this state-of-the-art research complex a reality. The world leading capabilities of NSLS-II will enable exploration of the scientific challenges faced in developing new materials with advanced properties.
2007 NSLS-CFN Joint Users' Meeting Focuses on Synergy, Importance of Securing NSLS-II
Friday, June 8, 2007
As BNL aligns key scientific facilities and tools meant to make it a leader in U.S. energy research, government and Lab officials say the time has come to fight for and secure the last piece of the puzzle - the National Synchrotron Light Source II.
New Building Will House Large Project Teams
Monday, May 14, 2007
Construction has begun on a new building that will provide additional space for staff working on the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) project. The 8,000-square-foot prefab modular unit going up alongside the project's existing quarters in Bldg. 817 will add 30 offices and 11 cubicles to the available space. NSLS-II project staff also occupy Bldg. 830M, across the street from 817, and both buildings are filled to capacity.
Ferdinand Willeke Will Head Accelerator Systems for NSLS-II
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
This summer, the staff at the National Synchrotron Light Source II will include Ferdinand Willeke, who has accepted the position of Associate Director for Accelerator Systems for the project. Together with Steve Dierker, Associate Lab Director for Light Sources, Willeke will oversee the design, construction, and commissioning of accelerator systems for the new facility.
NSLS-II Environment, Safety, and Health Policy Issued
Thursday, November 30, 2006
In the interests of worker safety and public health, the Project Director for the National Synchrotron Light Source II has issued an Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) policy for the construction and operation of the facility.
NSLS, NSLS-II Employees Celebrate at 2006 Picnic and Service Awards
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Pushed back a week because of rain, the 2006 NSLS Directorate Picnic took place on September 21 without a cloud in the sky. For the first time, the annual end-of-year celebration was held for both NSLS and NSLS-II employees, hosted by NSLS Chair Chi-Chang Kao and Steve Dierker, Associate Laboratory Director for Light Sources.
Environmental Assessment for NSLS-II Released
Friday, October 13, 2006
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy has prepared an Environmental Assessment of the proposed National Synchrotron Light Source II. This evaluation of the construction and operation of the proposed facility found that there would be no significant impact.
NSLS-II Advisory Committees Begin Work in October 2006
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Associate Laboratory Director for Light Sources Steve Dierker has announced the formation of four committees to oversee various facets of the design, construction and operation of National Synchrotron Light Source II.
NSLS-II Hosts Acquisition Strategy Workshop for Science Projects
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The NSLS-II project office recently hosted an acquisition strategy workshop to learn from the experience of other Labs in building large, technical science projects.
At the NSLS, Scientists Working Toward Better Batteries
Thursday, March 9, 2006
As more and more people rely on cell phones, laptop computers, personal organizers, and even hybrid electric-gas vehicles, scientists are working to develop rechargeable batteries that are ever smaller, cheaper, lighter, safer, and longer-lasting. At the National Synchrotron Light Source, a collaboration of scientists is deeply involved in this effort. They are investigating a group of promising new materials for use in lithium-ion batteries, the most common type of battery found in portable ele
NY State Supports Joint Photon Sciences Institute at BNL
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
A new initiative in photon sciences will capitalize on the unique capabilities of NSLS-II — which recently won Approval of Mission Need (Critical Decision-0) from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) — and also strengthen the Laboratory's case to have NSLS-II sited at Brookhaven.
What's good for BNL is good for America
Sunday, December 11, 2005
The stunning complexity of the Big Machines at Brookhaven National Laboratory is simplicity itself, compared to the tangle of politics and budgets that could grind it all to a halt. Newsday editorial, Dec. 11, 2005.
BNL Establishes NSLS-II Project in Light Sources Directorate
Friday, December 9, 2005
Steve Dierker, Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Light Sources, has been named as Project Director of the newly established National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) Project. The move was triggered by the Lab's recent success in getting DOE approval for "Critical Decision Zero" (CD-0, Approval of Mission Need) for NSLS-II.
NSLS-II Gets CD-0
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
The Laboratory received fantastic news last week: The Department of Energy granted "Critical Decision Zero" (CD-0) status to National Synchrotron Light Source-II, the planned world-leading NSLS successor. This is the key first step in the long process to make NSLS-II a reality at Brookhaven.
Brookhaven Plans NSLS-II
Friday, March 19, 2004
Brookhaven National Laboratory recently organized a workshop for the next light source facility at Brookhaven, NSLS-II. Although the current NSLS has been continually updated since its commissioning in 1982, today the practical limits of machine performance have been reached. In order for the productivity of its user community to continue, and in order to tackle the 'grand challenge' scientific problems of tomorrow, plans to upgrade the NSLS are under way.