The National Synchrotron Light Source II is the newest and most highly optimized 3rd generation synchrotron facility in the world. NSLS-II will be able to accommodate at least 58 beamlines for a wide range of scientific research from physical sciences to biological and life science research that will take advantage of its unprecedented brightness, photon flux, and beam stability in infrared, soft and hard x-rays.
The study of biological systems is fundamental to our understanding of our place in the world, and our capacity to exploit this knowledge is fundamental to our health, our ability to produce food and fuel crops and our understanding of environmental change. Revealing atomic structures of biomolecules will allow researchers to understand:
From lithium batteries in smart phones, to catalysts in cars, or even the availability of electrical power at home, devices for energy conversion and storage are an integral part of daily life. To understand and ultimately control the chemistry of energy conversion and storage for clean energy, NSLS-II will enable experiments that seek to find out:
A wide range of characterization tools at NSLS-II will help scientists understand the complex geochemical, biogeochemical, and atmospheric processes in the Earth environment to better explain:
Discovery of new materials and mastering materials behavior is essential to designing the technology of the future. NSLS-II will provide the most advanced materials characterization tools to enable rational materials synthesis, self-assembly, and processing to better understand materials and to answer these questions:
Global needs for renewable energy sources and effective ways to store and transmit energy or information motivate physical science researchers to explore increasingly more complex materials—or material architectures with enhanced or emergent properties—to drive transformative technologies. Understanding and controlling materials synthesis and directed-assembly, materials behavior and degradation in real and extreme conditions helps researchers find out: