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A Better Anode Design to Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries
A new kind of anode has been developed for use in lithium-ion batteries that is eight times as absorbent as current designs and has maintained its greatly increased energy capacity after many hundreds of charge-discharge cycles. Read more...

Contact: Gao Liu
Lensless Imaging of Magnetic Nanostructures
The high brightness and coherence of the ALS's soft x-rays have enabled a group of scientists, working at ALS Beamline 12.0.2, to use a new, lensless x-ray method involving iterative mathematical algorithms to view nanometer-scale magnetic structures in an alloy for the first time. Read more...

Contact: Josh Turner
Make Your Guest House Reservations Early
The Berkeley Lab Guest House is preparing for their busy season during UC Berkeley graduation. If you plan to stay at the Guest House between May 10 and 18, please make your reservation early. For more information or to make your reservation, please contact the Guest House General Manager Jennifer Zerfas at (510) 495-8138.
2012 NUFO Exhibition on Capitol Hill
The National User Facility Organization (NUFO) has again been invited to showcase user facility science at an outreach event on Capitol Hill on March 28-29, 2012. This event will highlight the significant and important role that scientific user facilities play in science education, economic competitiveness, fundamental knowledge, and scientific achievements. It will consist of back-to-back exhibits in the House and Senate Office buildings and will include posters from each NUFO facility. In addition, there will be specialty posters on industrial involvement and small business generation, and scientific accomplishments. Scientists from each user facility will be on hand to answer questions.
Synchrotron Radiation in Polymer Science V Conference (SRPS5)
March 30-April 12, 2012, San Francisco, CA

SRPS5, organized by Berkeley Lab and SLAC, will focus on spectroscopy, microscopy, ordering phenomena, and energy applications in polymer sciences.

NGLS@Noon, Friday, March 30, User Support Building, R15-253
Robert Kaindl (Ultrafast Materials Program) will discuss challenges and opportunities for correlated electron physics at ultrafast time scales.

2012 Mexican Synchrotron Radiation Users' Meeting (MESYRUM)
June 6-8, 2012, University of Guanajuato, Campus León

Registration deadline is May 21; abstracts due May 28.

ALS Science Café, Tuesday, May 15, User Support Building, R15-253
Tentatively planned speakers are Peter Fischer (ALS), Corie Ralston (PBD), and Scott Sanford (NASA/Ames).

Operations Update
For the user runs from February 22 to March 11, 2012, the beam reliability [(time scheduled - time lost)/time scheduled)] was 91.7%.  For this period, the mean time between failures (MTBF) was 21.0 hours, and the mean time to recovery (MTTR) was 119 minutes. There were no significant interruptions.
More detailed information on reliability is available on the ALS reliability bulletin board, which is located in the hallway between the ALS and the control room in Building 80. Questions about beam reliability should be directed to Dave Richardson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , x4376).
Long-term and weekly operations schedules are available on the Web at Requests for special operations use of the "scrubbing" shift should be sent to Rick Bloemhard ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , x4738) by 1:00 p.m. Friday. A Web page showing the ring status in real time can be found at
In This Issue
A Better Anode Design to Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lensless Imaging of Magnetic Nanostructures
Make Your Guest House Reservations Early
2012 NUFO Exhibition on Capitol Hill
Ring Leaders: Safety First!

Ring Leaders
Safety First!
ALS Safety Officer Jim Floyd gives an update on the Environment, Health, and Safety Division's initiatives. Read the article.
In Memoriam: David Sayre
David Sayre, a pioneer crystallographer, a member of the team that wrote the original FORTRAN compiler, and a visionary leader in x-ray microscopy, died on February 23, 2012. Read more...
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