Focal plane of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera.
Where research happens

Joint institutes & centers

SLAC is known for building big sophisticated machines for teasing out the secrets of the universe. They give researchers new eyes on the world, spurring discoveries that spark new inventions in a continuous cycle. In our joint research centers and facilities, SLAC and Stanford team up to tackle important scientific problems and train the next generation of scientists.

I believe working with a diverse group of students, postdocs, staff and faculty will fuel our creativity and deepen the impact of the research that we do. Creativity, diversity and inclusion go hand in hand.”

William Cheuh Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and of Energy Sciences & Engineering, Stanford Faculty Scientist, Energy Sciences Directorate, SLAC Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy Photo - William Chueh (Matt Beardsley)
Electric car graphic.

Materials for society 

Developing the materials we need to improve our quality of life

SIMES does the basic materials research needed to develop technologies that generate, store and transmit energy more efficiently. It doubles as the Materials Science Division of SLAC.

 

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Inspection of the LSST Camera optic filters

Eyes on the universe

Bringing cosmic mysteries into focus

KIPAC is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the universe – including the nature of dark energy and dark matter, spectacular phenomena like black holes and gamma-ray bursts and the structure and evolution of the cosmos. 

 

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Raymond Sierra aligning key components of the imaging setup used at the Coherent X-ray Imaging (CXI) experimental station.

Ultrafast science 

Watching nature in action on the smallest and speediest scales

PULSE researchers use the LCLS X-ray free-electron laser to explore things like chemical reactions and molecular movements at the level of atoms and on incredibly fast time scales.

 

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Grad student McKenzie Hubert watches electrolyzer at work

Sustainable chemistry 

Designing catalysts to make chemical reactions cleaner and more efficient

A partnership between SLAC and the Stanford School of Engineering, SUNCAT focuses on the atom-by-atom design of catalysts to accelerate chemical reactions we need to generate and store energy in more planet friendly ways.

 

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Cornelius Gati working on a Tuberculosis samples at the Cryo-EM facility

Advanced imaging 

Peering deep into the molecular machinery of living things

We operate one of the most advanced facilities in the world for cryogenic electron microscopy and tomography, and our experts help the scientific community take full advantage of these powerful imaging technologies.

 

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Press Release
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News Feature

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Photograph of a man plugging an electric cord into a gray car on a driveway.

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Aerial view of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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