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ALS Beamstop Device an R&D 100 Finalist Print
Friday, 09 September 2016 09:00

A beamstop device recently developed at the ALS has successfully combined two essential crystallographic functions—capturing the damaging portion of the beam while simultaneously monitoring its intensity—into a single miniaturized package. The technology has been licensed and launched commercially and is also a finalist for an R&D 100 Award

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Hewlett Packard Labs Gains Insights with Innovative ALS Research Tools Print
Thursday, 05 May 2016 11:21

For the past eight years, Hewlett Packard Labs, the central research organization of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has been using cutting-edge ALS techniques to advance some of their most promising technological research, including vanadium dioxide phase transitions and atomic movement during memristor operation.

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ALS, Molecular Foundry, and aBeam Technologies Collaborate to Make Metrology History Print
Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:47

A collaboration between Bay Area company aBeam Technologies, the ALS, and the Molecular Foundry is bringing cutting-edge metrology instrumentation to the semiconductor market, which will enable a new level of quality control.

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Takeda Advances Diabetes Drug Development at the ALS Print
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:25

 

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), characterized by abnormally high blood glucose levels, affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In the pursuit to better treat this disease, the human receptor protein GPR40 has been identified by pharmaceutical company Takeda as a potential new drug target.

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New ALS Technique Guides IBM in Next-Generation Semiconductor Development Print
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:37

A new measurement technique developed at the ALS is helping guide the semiconductor industry in next-generation nanopatterning techniques. NIST and IBM researchers collaborated on the technique, which allows scientists to evaluate the 3D buried features inside a film. The ALS is currently the only place in the world that has such capability.

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Caribou Biosciences Has Roots at the ALS Print
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:01

When Rachel Haurwitz joined UC Berkeley biology professor Jennifer Doudna's lab in 2007 as a graduate student, little did the two women know that the interesting bacterial immune system they were studying would be the subject of news headlines and the basis for a biotech startup just a few years later.

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Toyota Collaborates with the ALS and Molecular Foundry Print
Friday, 18 July 2014 10:41

Toyota has been working at the ALS for a few years now to gain deeper insight into the chemistry of electrolytes for use in magnesium-ion batteries. The hope is that the research eventually leads to a fully developed magnesium-based battery technology that would replace lithium-ion batteries with essentially twice the energy in the same volume. Toyota hopes to move toward this goal more quickly through a new collaborative research project at the ALS and the Molecular Foundry.

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ALS Technique Gives Novel View of Lithium Battery Dendrite Growth Print
Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:46

Lithium-ion batteries, popular in today’s electronic devices, could gain significant energy density if their graphite anodes were replaced with lithium metal anodes. But there’s a major concern with substituting lithium—when the battery cycles, microscopic fibers of the lithium anodes (“dendrites”) form on the surface of the lithium electrode and spread across the electrolyte until they reach the other electrode, possibly leading to short circuiting. Researchers have recently discovered that the x-ray microtomography capabilities at ALS Beamline 8.3.2 can give them a novel view of dendrite growth that’s likely to provide the insight needed to stop it.

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IBM Probes Material Capabilities at the ALS Print
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:05

vandiumVanadium dioxide, one of the few known materials that acts like an insulator at low temperatures but like a metal at warmer temperatures, is a somewhat futuristic material that could yield faster and much more energy-efficient electronic devices. Researchers from IBM’s forward-thinking Spintronic Science and Applications Center (SpinAps) recently used the ALS to gain greater insight into vanadium dioxide’s unusual phase transition.

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Genentech Uses ALS Crystallography for Therapeutic Antibody Research Print
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Genentech has developed a unique one-armed antibody, onartuzumab, which is now in late-stage clinical trials in multiple cancer types. The company used crystal structures obtained at ALS Beamline 5.0.2 to demonstrate the mechanism of action of this unique potentially therapeutic antibody.

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Concrete Industry Benefits from Ancient Romans and the ALS Print
Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:24

New insights into the Romans’ ingenious concrete harbor structures emerging from ALS beamline research could move the modern concrete industry toward its goal of a reduced carbon footprint.

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Moving Industry Forward: Finding the Environmental Opportunity in Biochar Print
Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:41

Using ALS Beamlines 10.3.2 and 8.3.2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently investigating how biochar sorbs environmental toxins and which kinds of biochar are the most effective. The possibilities for widespread use have already launched entrepreneurial commercial ventures.

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TE Connectivity Finds Answers in Tomography Print
Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:50

thumbTE Connectivity  is a world leader in connectivity—the $13 billion global company designs and manufactures more than 500,000 different electronic connectivity products for the automotive, energy, industrial, broadband communications, consumer device, healthcare, aerospace, and defense industries. TE Connectivity has a long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence. Their products help address challenges arising from companies’ need for energy efficiency, always-on communications, and ever-increasing productivity. Recently, a team led by TE’s senior manager of materials development, Dr. Jerzy Gazda, has been investigating how ALS tomography capabilities on Beamline 8.3.2 can help the company develop more efficient connectors.

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ALS Gives Chevron Scientists New Insights into Corrosion Resistance Print
Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:44

In the chemical environments common in energy production plants, steel pipes and equipment can accumulate layers of iron sulfide, some of which are corrosion resistant and provide protection to the steel surface. Understanding how operating conditions affect steel surface layers can improve corrosion rate estimates, decreasing building and maintenance costs, and increasing the safety and reliability of operating plants. Chevron Energy Technology Company (Chevron ETC) is currently studying the link between operating conditions and corrosion properties at ALS Beamline 12.3.2 to determine which corrosion layers form and in what order.

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Enabling Thin Silicon Solar Cell Technology Print
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:49

The effort to shift U.S. energy reliance from fossil fuels to renewable sources has spurred companies to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of their solar photovoltaics (SPVs). But thinner silicon is more susceptible to stress and cracking, leading one researcher from SunPower Corporation to mount a fundamental approach to systematically find stress and enable solutions for next-generation crystalline silicon SPV systems.

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