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LCLS Macromolecular Femtosecond Crystallography (MFX)

The Macromolecular Femtosecond Crystallography (MFX) instrument makes use of the ability for short pulses of X-rays to limit damage to samples during the exposure. The “diffraction-before-destruction” concept can enable high resolution data to be collected on radiation-sensitive samples, primarily biological samples.

Vincent Esposito and Sam Soon. MFX Hutch 4.5 and control room.

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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...

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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
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Derived from microscopic algae, the rare, light-driven enzyme converts fatty acids into starting ingredients for solvents and fuels.

Illustration of molecular structure of an enzyme that is powered by sunlight
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SSRL and LCLS scientists will help visiting research teams solve their experimental challenges, then apply what they’ve learned to help others work more efficiently.

Diagram of a complex molecule
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Understanding nature’s process could inform the next generation of artificial photosynthetic systems that produce clean and renewable energy from sunlight and water.

How electrons flow in the oxygen-evolving complex of Photosystem II.
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What they learned could lead to a better understanding of how antibiotics are broken down in the body, potentially leading to the development of...

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She is recognized for two decades of innovation and excellence at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

Aina Cohen
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In the decade since LCLS produced its first light, it has pushed boundaries in countless areas of discovery.

Undulator Hall
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A new imaging technique is allowing researchers to pinpoint ways of modifying drugs to avoid side effects.

Hasan DeMirci Ribosome
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Over the next five years they’ll work on getting significantly more information about how catalysts work and improving biological imaging methods.

Cornelius Gati and Franklin Fuller, the 2017 Panofsky fellows at SLAC
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New X-ray methods have captured the highest resolution room-temperature images of photosystem II.

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The new MFX station expands the X-ray laser’s capability and flexibility for biological studies, which are increasingly in demand at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light...