Researchers at SLAC use an array of advanced tools to study complex energy-related questions, like how individual particles inside of batteries evolve and interact with each other over time.
SLAC’s research spans from improving solar cell performance to making the electric grid more resilient and building quantum materials for future energy technologies. Already, scientists at the lab have found new ways to split water molecules to generate clean hydrogen gas; use 3D printing to manufacture materials with less waste; and extend the range of electric-vehicle batteries while making them safer.
Going forward, researchers from academia and industry will continue to benefit from SLAC’s state-of-the-art, freely available resources, like its new superconducting X-ray free-electron laser and databases of catalyst properties, all of which are meant to bring a sustainable, clean energy future closer.
Materials, chemistry and energy sciences are central to many of today’s most critical technical challenges:
Energy and sustainability at SLAC
People working on energy and sustainability across the lab
Scientists from universities, laboratories and private companies around the world use our cutting-edge research facilities.
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource provides extremely bright X-rays that scientists use in a wide range of research to probe matter on the scale of atoms and molecules.
Linac Coherent Light Source is the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser allowing researchers to make stop-action movies of chemistry in action and explore proteins for new pharmaceuticals.
FACET-II provides high-energy electron beams for researching revolutionary particle accelerator technologies that could make future accelerators 100 to 1,000 times smaller and a lot more capable.
The Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM facility gives scientists unprecedented views of the inner workings of cells and of technologies like batteries and solar cells.
SLAC is a vibrant multiprogram laboratory that explores how the universe works at the biggest, smallest and fastest scales and invents powerful tools used by scientists around the globe. With research spanning particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, materials, chemistry, bio- and energy sciences and scientific computing, we help solve real-world problems and advance the interests of the nation.
SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.