X-ray Crystallography

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May 10, 2022
Press Release
The facility, LCLS-II, will soon sharpen our view of how nature works on ultrasmall, ultrafast scales, impacting everything from quantum devices to clean energy.
LCLS-II cooldown
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 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.
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.
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
November 4, 2021
News Feature
In two new papers, researchers used X-ray crystallography and cryogenic electron microscopy to reveal new details of the structure and function of molecular assembly lines that produce common antibiotics.
A model of the Lsd14 molecule
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
September 16, 2021
News Feature
The award recognizes her research and service at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.
August 30, 2021
Drawing on SLAC facilities, Australian researchers have revealed how Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria obtain manganese from our bodies, which could lead to better therapies to target the pathogen.
A protein molecule with intertwined spirals around a small yellow center form.
April 14, 2021
News Brief
Two groups of researchers drew on SLAC tools to better understand how to target a key part of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Illustration of SARS-CoV-2, a round ball with spikes.

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