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May 26, 2022
News Feature
By revealing the chemistry of plant secretions, or exudates, these studies build a basis for better understanding and conserving art and tools made with plant materials.
Plant secretion from what is called "grass tree."
April 29, 2022
News Feature
Researchers discover that a spot of molecular glue and a timely twist help a bacterial enzyme convert carbon dioxide into carbon compounds 20 times faster than plant enzymes do during photosynthesis. The results stand to accelerate progress toward converting carbon dioxide into a variety of products.
An illustration shows the pocket in an enzyme called ECR where the carbon fixing reaction takes place.
January 27, 2022
News Feature
Less than a millionth of a billionth of a second long, attosecond X-ray pulses allow researchers to peer deep inside molecules and follow electrons as they zip around and ultimately initiate chemical reactions.
attosecond_coherent_electron_motions
January 19, 2022
News Feature
High-speed X-ray free-electron lasers have unlocked the crystal structures of small molecules relevant to chemistry and materials science, proving a new method that could advance semiconductor and solar cell development.
January 19, 2022
News Feature
New research questions ‘whiff of oxygen’ in Earth’s early history.
Blue and purple image showing cracks where arsenic and copper entered a shale sample.
December 16, 2021
News Brief
Recently developed methods now in use at SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron helped a team of chemists better understand how certain bacteria turn light into chemical energy.
A diagram of a protein molecule with white spirals and multicolored webs indicating key parts of the molecule.
December 8, 2021
News Feature
Through her work with this nationwide program, Curry plans to make high-power laser facilities more accessible to researchers.
Chandra Breanne Curry
November 16, 2021
News Feature
A better understanding of this process could inform the next generation of artificial photosynthetic systems that produce clean and renewable energy.
water droplets on plant
October 14, 2021
News Feature
The results could lead to a better understanding of reactions with vital roles in chemistry and biology.
UED conformers
October 13, 2021
News Brief
Scientists who perform experiments at SLAC’s lightsources gathered online for research talks, workshops and discussions.
Aerial view of industrial-looking research buildings

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