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
10:00 am TWG Meeting
TWG Meeting
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
There will be a TWG meeting 10-11am on Thursday, August 18, 2022 The speakers and the presentation titles are: 10:00am-10:30am      Mark Rivers – “Moving on from VME without Breaking the Bank” 10:30am-11:00am      Dean Haeffner[...]
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[...]
all-day FEL 2022, TRIESTE, ITALY
Aug 22 all-day
FEL2022 TRIESTE, ITALY, AUGUST 22-26 On behalf of the International Executive Committee of the FEL Conference series, we are pleased to announce the 40th International Free Electron Laser Conference (FEL2022), to be held at the[...]
10:00 am ANL Community Event: The Quest t...
ANL Community Event: The Quest t...
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
ANL Community Event: The Quest to Solve Molten Salt Corrosion Advance nuclear energy systems can help us hit goals to remove carbon from the U.S. economy by 2050. These systems often use molten salts as[...]
all-day SAS 2022
SAS 2022
Sep 11 all-day
XVIII edition of the International Small-Angle Scattering Conference (SAS2022). The conference will be held in hybrid mode and will take place at the Royal Palm Hall Convention Center in Campinas-SP, Brazil, from September 11 to 16, 2022.
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.

Recent Publications

Mechanical properties of hexagonal silicon

Tao Liang, Lianghua Xiong, Hongbo Lou, Fujun Lan, Junran Zhang, Ye Liu, Dongsheng Li, Qiaoshi Zeng, Zhidan Zeng, Mechanical properties of hexagonal silicon, Scripta Materialia,, Volume 220, 2022,
114936, ISSN 1359-6462,

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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”.