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

Vanadium 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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FDA Approves Drug for Type 2 Diabetes Invented with Aid of Protein Structure Data Taken at ALS Print
Friday, 24 May 2013 13:44

In January 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved NESINA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults as an adjunct to diet and exercise. NESINA was invented by scientists at Takeda California, who used ALS Beamlines 5.0.2 and 5.0.3 to collect x-ray diffraction data.

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Moving Memristor and Neuristor Research Forward Print
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:01

HP Labs researchers have tackled a decades-old mystery relying on powerful ALS microscopy techniques to better understand the fourth basic circuit element: the memristor. The memristor (short for “memory resistor”) joins the other passive elements—the capacitor, the resistor, and the inductor—to create a device with the ability to “remember” changes even when it loses power. Commercial development based on memristors offers the promise of computing systems with highly advanced energy efficiency and memory retention. Memristor-based memory could be a strong competitor for current flash memory.

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Crystallographic Consulting Brings Research to the ALS Print
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:50

crsytallogrpahy consultTom Pauly and Josh Stillwell, managing partners at Crystallographic Consulting, have a rich history as synchrotron users. It is likely because of this that they’re entrusted with the protein crystallography research for about 15 cutting-edge pharmaceutical companies. They conduct most of their research at ALS Beamline 5.0.2.

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Promising Magnesium Battery Research at ALS Print
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:59

2013-01-industry-thumbAlternatives to the current lithium-ion-based car batteries are at the forefront of the automotive industry’s research agenda—manufacturers want to build cars with longer battery life, and to do that they’re going to have to find new solutions. One promising battery material is magnesium (Mg)—it is more dense than lithium, it is safer, and the magnesium ion carries a two-electron charge, giving it potential as a more efficient energy source. Magnesium has a high volumetric capacity, which could mean more battery power in a smaller space. However, to bring Mg batteries to the commercial market, researchers must create new electrolytes with improved properties. The x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) facilities at the ALS are vital to understanding the interfaces and active species in Mg batteries.

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Cisco Systems Funds "Whisker" Growth Research at the ALS Print
Friday, 09 November 2012 10:06

whiskerUnderstanding "whisker" growth—the spontaneous growth of long filament-like grains on the leads, or “legs,” of electronic components—is key to manufacturing reliable lead-free electrical and electronic equipment. Cisco Systems, one of the world’s largest networking equipment producers, has provided funding and technical support to a group of ALS users from Purdue University to research the mechanism and driving forces for whiskers, with the ultimate goal of defining effective mitigation measures.
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Wood-Composites Industry Benefits from ALS Research Print
Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:44

Wood scientist and ALS user Jesse Paris is getting an intimate, 3-D view of adhesive penetration in wood-composite structures thanks to ALS Beamline 8.3.2.  He and colleagues at Oregon State University are now using the data he gathered through x-ray tomography scans at the ALS to build a predictive computer simulation model that will allow future researchers to gain information about how certain wood species and adhesive types will interact.

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ALS Ceramics Materials Research Advances Engine Performance Print
Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:00

LBNL senior materials scientist and UC Berkeley professor Rob Ritchie has been researching the fracture behavior of a wide array of materials for the past 40 years, the last ten of them using the facilities at the ALS. From human bone to synthetic engineering materials such as shape-memory metals and composites, Ritchie has illuminated groundbreaking cracking patterns and the underlying mechanistic processes using the x-ray synchrotron micro-tomography at ALS Beamline 8.3.2.

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Industry Group Learns About Light Source Opportunities Print
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 08:45

On Monday, September 24, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) hosted a meeting to introduce its members to the area's light sources and how they help advance innovation and promote economic competitiveness. The event was sponsored by Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo together with Berkeley Lab (LBNL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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