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.


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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

9:00 am XSD/DET Presentation
XSD/DET Presentation
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
XSD/DET Special Presentation Speaker:  Massimo Camarda, Ph.D. SenSiC GmbH, Title: SiC XBPMs by SenSiC  Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 Time: 9:00 a.m. (Central Time, US and Canada) Location: Join ZoomGov Meeting Meeting ID: 160[...]
1:00 pm EIGER2 Feature Upgrade Meeting
EIGER2 Feature Upgrade Meeting
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Pascal Hofer and Tilman Donath (Dectris) are visiting APS on June 6-7 and may share with us recent updates and answer questions. Tentatively I have scheduled meeting with them on June 7 at 1 pm, 434 conference[...]
all-day APS Proposal Deadline, 2022-3
APS Proposal Deadline, 2022-3
Jul 1 all-day
APS Proposal Deadline, 2022-3 Apply for Beamtime : Contact GSECARS  ( or APS User Office ( if you need additional information.

Recent Publications

Science Highlights

Materials synthesis at terapascal static pressures

Leonid Dubrovinsky, Saiana Khandarkhaeva, Timofey Fedotenko, Dominique Laniel, Maxim Bykov, Carlotta Giacobbe, Eleanor Lawrence Bright, Pavel Sedmak, Stella Chariton, Vitali Prakapenka, Alena V. Ponomareva, Ekaterina A. Smirnova, Maxim P. Belov, Ferenc Tasnádi, Nina Shulumba, Florian Trybel, Igor A. Abrikosov, Natalia Dubrovinskaia, “Materials synthesis at terapascal static pressures,” Nature 605, 274-278 (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04550-2

Latest Happenings at GSECARS

ESRP at 13-IDE

ESRP at 13-IDE

Using particulates on honeybees as a measure of local air pollution.

Job Opportunity: Research Professional

The Center for Advanced Radiation Sources at the University of Chicago, seeks applications for a Beamline Scientist to participate in synchrotron radiation studies on materials under high pressure and high temperature conditions.