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 Storage Ring Maintenance
APS Storage Ring Maintenance
Aug 2 – Sep 12 all-day
APS Storage Ring Maintenance
all-day ALCF Cerebras Workshop
ALCF Cerebras Workshop
Aug 9 all-day
ALCF Cerebras Workshop DATES  August 9-10, 2022TIME  12:30 pm – 5:00 pm (CT)ONLINE EVENT Join us on August 9-10 for a virtual training event that will introduce users to the Cerebras hardware and software stack.[...]
1:00 pm HP Interest Gp Mtg – Shanti Deemyad
HP Interest Gp Mtg – Shanti Deemyad
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
High-pressure interest group meeting will be held 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (US central time), Monday, August 15.  In this meeting, Professor Shanti Deemyad of the University of Utah will present “Competitive structural and electronic[...]
9:00 am IXS2022, Inelastic X-ray Scatter...
IXS2022, Inelastic X-ray Scatter...
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 10:00 am
IXS2022, Inelastic X-ray Scattering (IXS) Conference Hosted by Diamond Light Source, the 12th International Conference on Inelastic X-ray Scattering, IXS2022 will be held at the Saïd Business School, Oxford (UK) from Sunday 21st to Friday 26th August 2022. It continues a[...]
9:00 am XVIII International Small-Angle ...
XVIII International Small-Angle ...
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am – Sep 16 @ 10:00 am
XVIII International Small-Angle Scattering Conference Royal Palm Hall Convention Center in Campinas-SP, Brazil September 11th to 16th, 2022. Due the COVID-19 sanitary condition the conferece will be promoted in hybrid mode.
all-day ANL Open House
ANL Open House
Sep 17 all-day
ANL Open House Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 This year’s open house will be organized around four Pavilions of Discovery, focused on the ways we improve our visitors’ lives. We will also feature our industry collaborations[...]
8:00 am 79th Pittsburgh Diffraction Conf...
79th Pittsburgh Diffraction Conf...
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm
79th Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference The APS will host the 79th Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference dedicated the advances in fundamental and applied diffraction and crystallographic research on October 2nd to 4th, 2022. The conference will discuss progress in fundamental[...]

Recent Publications

Thermal and mechanical properties of the clathrate-II Na24Si136

Beekman, Matt and Karttunen, Antti J. and Wong-Ng, Winnie and Zhang, Mingjian and Chen, Yu-Sheng and Posadas, Christian and Jarymowycz, Andrew and Cruse, E and Peng, Wanyue and Zevalkink, Alexandra and Kaduk, James A. and Nolas, George S., Thermal and mechanical properties of the clathrate-II Na24Si136, Phys Rev B, 105 (21), 2022, DOE : 10.1103/PhysRevB.105.214114

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Synthesis of the Candidate Topological Compound Ni 3Pb2

Alexandra D. Tamerius, Alison B. Altman, Michael J. Waters, Eric A. Riesel, Christos D. Malliakas, Matthew L. Whitaker, Tony Yu, Gilberto Fabbris, Yue Meng, Daniel Haskel, Yanbin Wang, Steven D. Jacobsen, James M. Rondinelli, and Danna E. Freedman
Journal of the American Chemical Society ,
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c03485

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Science Highlights

Highly ordered graphite (HOPG) to hexagonal diamond (lonsdaleite) phase transition observed on picosecond time scales using ultrafast x-ray diffraction

Michael R. Armstrong, Harry B. Radousky, Ryan A. Austin, Oliver Tschauner, Shaughnessy Brown, Arianna E. Gleason, Nir Goldman, Eduardo Granados, Paulius Grivickas, Nicholas Holtgrewe, Matthew P. Kroonblawd, Hae Ja Lee, Sergey Lobanov, Bob Nagler, Inhyuk Nam, Vitali Prakapenka, Clemens Prescher, Evan J. Reed, Elissaios Stavrou, Peter Walter, Alexander F. Goncharov, and Jonathan L. Belof , “Highly ordered graphite (HOPG) to hexagonal diamond (lonsdaleite) phase transition observed on picosecond time scales using ultrafast x-ray diffraction”, Journal of Applied Physics 132, 055901 (2022)

Latest Happenings at GSECARS

Edward Stern Award for Outstanding Achievement

Edward Stern Award for Outstanding Achievement

Kiyotaka Asakura, current Chair of the International X-ray Absorption Society, presents the Edward Stern Award for Outstanding Achievement award to GSE beamline scientist Matt Newville. Award was shared with Bruce Ravel (not pictured).

LARCH Workshop, XAFS2022

LARCH Workshop, XAFS2022

GSE beamline scientist Matt Newville presented a session at the LARCH Workshop, XAFS2022, ” The XAS Viewer application and Larch for X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy”.

Exploring Silicon’s Effect on Earth’s Core

Exploring Silicon’s Effect on Earth’s Core

High temperature (“hot”) [a] and quenched (“cold”) [b] integrated XRD patterns from burst heating run D1P2S3 (49-56 GPa), color-coded by temperature. Colored ticks below patterns identify reflections from hcp-Fe0.8Ni0.1Si0.1 (pink), fcc-Fe0.8Ni0.1Si0.1 (purple), and KCl (black). The sluggish fcc to hcp back-reaction can result in reflections from remnant fcc grains in patterns quenched from temperatures above the hcp-fcc transition.