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One of the most urgent challenges of our time is discovering how to generate the energy and products we need sustainably, without compromising the well-being of future generations by depleting limited resources or accelerating climate change. SLAC pursues this goal on many levels.

Studies of atomic-level processes

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The Hubbard model, used to understand electron behavior in numerous quantum materials, now shows us its stripes, and superconductivity too, in simulations for cuprate...

Diagram of electrons moving to neighboring atoms in Hubbard model
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A new study shows how soccer ball-shaped molecules burst more slowly than expected when blasted with an X-ray laser beam.

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Two projects will look for ways to link individual quantum devices into networks for quantum computing and ultrasensitive detectors.

QIS microantenna
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SLAC/Stanford scientists and their colleagues find a new way to efficiently convert CO2 into the building block for sustainable liquid fuels.

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SUNCAT researchers discover a way to improve a key step in these conversions, and explore what it would take to turn the climate-changing gas...

Diagram of scheme for turning CO2 from smokestacks into products
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Made with ‘Jenga chemistry,’ the discovery could help crack the mystery of how high-temperature superconductors work.

Illustration of 'Jenga chemistry' step of making new superconductor
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Combined with the lab’s LCLS X-ray laser, it’ll provide unprecedented atomic views of some of nature’s speediest processes.

Alex Reid, ultrafast electron diffraction (UED)
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A new twist on cryo-EM imaging reveals what’s going on inside MOFs, highly porous nanoparticles with big potential for storing fuel, separating gases and...

Images of cryo-EM equipment, CO2 molecule in cage
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Experiments at SLAC’s X-ray laser reveal in atomic detail how two distinct liquid phases in these materials enable fast switching between glassy and crystalline...

Diagram of material switching between glassy and crystalline states
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A laser technique lets researchers see how potentially dangerous growths form in batteries.

Microscopic images of lithium metal buildup in batteries
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Both are professors at Stanford and SLAC, where Martinez is an investigator with the Stanford PULSE Institute.

Stanford and SLAC professors Todd Martinez, left, and William Weis
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First direct look at how atoms move when a ring-shaped molecule breaks apart could boost our understanding of fundamental processes of life.

Molecular Movie in HD Art