GSECARS Developed an Efficient and Affordable N95 Mask Disinfection System

Dr. Peter Eng with help from Mike Proskey and Dr. Joanne Stubbs, developed an efficient system of disinfecting N95 masks in large quantities.  This system will be invaluable for hospitals, factories, schools and offices as America re-opens during the current health crisis.

GSECARS Scientists Continue to Decode Moon's Mysteries 50 Years Later

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Argonne explores its early lunar research as it anticipates studies at the Advanced Photon Source of pristine moon rocks from the final lunar landing missions.

Diffraction at 13 BMC

Jin Zhang, an assistant professor in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was recently awarded a NSF CAREER grant to pursue new research on the elastic anisotropy of mantle minerals and potential relationships with mantle flows.  Pictured here at 13 BMC.

Dr. Jin Zhang awarded prestigious NSF Career Grant

What Diamond Impurities Tell Us About Earth's Mantle

Pockets of water may lay deep below Earth’s surface.

GSECARS Outreach

GSECARS hosts experiments at 13 IDE for high school students in the Exemplary Student Research Program (ESRP) representing local area high schools.

X-ray Diffraction Patterns from a Diamond Anvil Cell.

X-ray diffraction is the most powerful technique for crystal structure determination. From left to right, patterns from a single crystal, polychrystalline, nano-cyrstalline and amorphous crystals.

Paris-Edinburg Press

The 180 ton Paris-Edinburg press combined with a multi-channel collimator to study structures of liquid silicates up to 12 GPa and 3000 K in 13-ID-C. The intense double focused monochromatic beam allows collection of X-ray scattering patterns with robust statistics in 5 minutes.

A national user facility for frontier research in the earth sciences using synchrotron radiation at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory.

GSECARS provides earth scientists with access to the high-brilliance hard x-rays from this third-generation synchrotron light source. All principal synchrotron-based analytical techniques in demand by earth scientists are being brought to bear on earth science problems:
  • High-pressure/high-temperature crystallography and spectroscopy using the diamond anvil cell

  • High-pressure/high-temperature crystallography and imaging using the large-volume press

  • Powder, single crystal and interface diffraction

  • Inelastic x-ray scattering

  • X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

  • X-ray fluorescence microprobe analysis

  • Microtomography

Future of COMPRES, GSECARS, and Synchrotron-Based Earth Science Research

Recently, NSF released a proposal solicitation for a new organization for management of synchrotron-based analytical capabilities for Earth and Environmental Sciences research and training. GSECARS is working with the larger Geoscience community to create a new and innovative organization in response to this call. More information about this effort can be found here.

Upcoming Events

all-day APS Long Term Storage Ring Maint...
APS Long Term Storage Ring Maint...
Dec 20 2022 – Jan 30 2023 all-day
APS Long Term Storage Ring Maintenance, Dec 19 (midnight) to possibly Jan 30 (8am)
1:00 pm APS Scientific Computation Seminar
APS Scientific Computation Seminar
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker: Viktor Nikitin, Assistant Physicist, X-Ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory Title:  TomocuPy: a GPU Alternative to TomoPy Date:    January 30, 2023   Time:  1:00 p.m. (Central Time) Location: Join ZoomGov Meeting Meeting[...]
12:00 pm CAMERA Seminar
CAMERA Seminar
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
CAMERA Seminar Title: The Multi-Tiered Iterative Projection Framework: How to exploit the mathematical structure of inverse problems to reconstruct complex structure from challenging experimental data Speaker: Jeffrey Donatelli, CAMERA, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Date: Tuesday,[...]
10:00 am Director’s Special Colloquium
Director’s Special Colloquium
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Director’s Special Colloquium Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m. CT Live in Building 241 Room D172 Nipam H. Patel, director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and professor at the University of Chicago, will present  ​“Learning from[...]
9:00 am ANL All Hand’s Meeting
ANL All Hand’s Meeting
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
ANL All Hand’s Meeting Lab wide safety refresh. Focus on the change in work environment and practices as APS begins the Upgrade Project.

Recent Publications

Boron isotopes in blue diamond record seawater-derived fluids in the lower mantle

Margo E. Regier, Karen V. Smit, Thomas B. Chalk, Thomas Stachel, Richard A. Stern, Evan M. Smith, Gavin L. Foster, Yannick Bussweiler, Chris DeBuhr, Antony D. Burnham, Jeff W. Harris, D. Graham Pearson,
Boron isotopes in blue diamond record seawater-derived fluids in the lower mantle, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 602, 2023, 117923, ISSN 0012-821X,

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Iron-rich Fe–O compounds at Earth’s core pressure

Jin Liu, Yang Sun, Chaojia Lv, Feng Zhang, Suyu Fu, Vitali B. Prakapenka, Caizhuang Wang, Kaiming Ho, Jungfu Lin, Renata M. Wentzcovitch, Iron-rich Fe–O compounds at Earth’s core pressures, The Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2023, 100354, ISSN 2666-6758,

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Science Highlights

Latest Happenings at GSECARS

GSECARS Selected by NASA

GSECARS Selected by NASA

GSECARS was selected as one of only 9 facilities by NASA to receive Research Facilities for Planetary Science funding to support investigators conducting planetary science research.

Between a Rock and Water Interface

Between a Rock and Water Interface

Studies at 13 IDC by U Delaware and ANL researchers show that there is a complex interplay between surface reactions, topography, and solute transport velocity at the mineral-fluid interface.