A. Herring, OSU, uses tomography at 13 BMD to quantify pore scale trapping and to analyze how mechanisms affect the efficiency of capillary trapping of CO2 in saline aquifers.

Tomography at 13 BMD

A Best-Yet Cell Culture System for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

An international team utilizing 13-ID-E has developed a cell culture model that could help to develop earlier treatment strategies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Details in ANL Science Highlights based on press release from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A Best-Yet Cell Culture System for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

X-ray diffraction patterns from a diamond anvil cell (DAC).

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.

X-ray diffraction patterns from a diamond anvil cell.

High pressure x-ray tomographic microscopy module

The HPXTM module helps researchers study the texture change of their sample under extreme pressure and temperature conditions by collecting in-situ HP/HT 3D x-ray tomographic images.

High Pressure X-ray Tomographic Microscopy Module sitting outside of the 250 ton press in 13 BMD.

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

GSECARS Outreach

GSECARS is 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
  • Microtomograph

Science Highlights

Work at 13 IDE (APS) and X26 (NSLS) looked at identification of new brachinite-like achondrites with implications for the diversity and petrogensis of the brachinite clan

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Combined three‐element X‐ray map of section MIL 090206,5. Red = Mg, green = Ca, blue = Al. Olivine = red; augite = bright green; chromite = bright blue; plagioclase (plag) = cyan; orthopyroxene = yellowish green. Top part of section is dominated by single oikocryst of orthopyroxene containing rounded chadocrysts of olivine, chromite, augite, sulfide (sulf), and metal. Plagioclase is concentrated only in lower right of section.                 


Conclusion : Brachinites and brachinite-like achondrites share a common Fe-Mn-Mg redox trend (Fig. 6a) that is distinct from the Fe-Mn-Mg redox trends of ureilites, lodranites/acapulcoites, or winonaites, and have higher olivine Fe/Mg ratio (lower Fo) than these other primitive achondrite groups. This observation suggests that brachinites and brachinite-like achondrites are derived from a common nebular reservoir, which had homogeneous Mn/Mg ratio and was relatively oxidized. We suggest that brachinites and brachinite-like achondrites be collectively called the brachinite clan. Nevertheless, these meteorites are diverse in petrologic features and oxygen isotope compositions (even among the brachinites alone), with no correlations between Δ17O and petrologic features such as texture (granoblastic versus poikilitic), Fo of olivine, modal abundance of plagioclase or pyroxenes, or the presence of grain boundary orthopyroxene+opaques assemblages. Thus, it has been suggested that they represent more than one parent body (Rumble et al. 2008; Day et al. 2012; Greenwood et al. 2012).


Goodrich, C. A., Kita, N. T., Sutton, S. R., Wirick, S. and Gross, J. (2017), The Miller Range 090340 and 090206 meteorites: Identification of new brachinite-like achondrites with implications for the diversity and petrogenesis of the brachinite clan. Meteorit Planet Sci, 52: 949–978. doi:10.1111/maps.12846


► Science Careers in Search of Women

The conference provided participants with the unique opportunity to explore their desired profession or area of interest through interaction with Argonne’s world-class women scientists and engineers.
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Irina Kosheleva (BioCARS) gave a tour of the Sector 14 facilities to the young women participating in the Science Careers in Search of Women event.

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Joanne Stubbs and Margaret Koker (GSECARS) talked to the participants about science careers in the geological sciences and computer programming.