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January 30, 2017

Peter Kissin, a Ph.D. student from UC San Diego, visited HPCAT for 1 week in January to learn how to use diamond anvil cells for ultrafast optical experiments.  More...

Peter Kissin, a Ph.D. student from UC San Diego, visited HPCAT for 1 week in January to learn how to use diamond anvil cells for ultrafast optical experiments.  He worked with HPCAT staff, Chuanlong Lin and Curtis Kenney-Benson, and gained knowledge and experience to share with his home institution.

December 7, 2016

Carnegie’s trustees and officers visited HPCAT on November 17, 2016.  More...

Carnegie’s trustees and officers came to visit HPCAT on November 17, 2016.  The day included presentations from Argonne’s director, Peter Littlewood, HPCAT’s Executive Director, Viktor Struzhkin, HPCAT’s Director, Guoyin Shen, and Carnegie Staff Scientist and HPCAT Founder, Ho-Kwang Mao about APS and HPCAT’s unique capabilities and recent scientific results.  More than 35 participants enjoyed a facility tour by APS Deputy Directors, Dennis Mills and George Srajer and an interactive tour of HPCAT.

The team gained a more complete understanding of high-pressure science, operations at HPCAT, integrating high pressure with synchrotron x-rays, and the facility’s future upgrade plans.

November 7, 2016

More than 70 participants attended HPCAT's two- day workshop on high-pressure multigrain crystallography in October.  More...

A Workshop on high-pressure multigrain crystallography was held on October 28-29, 2016 at the Advanced Photon Source Conference Center and HPCAT, Argonne National Laboratory.  More than 70 participants attended this two- day workshop.   The attendees represented a diverse group of researchers at various career stages from different countries (US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, India) and different research environments (universities, national labs, research institutions and user facilities).

The workshop purpose and goals included:

August 26, 2016

HPCAT will host a workshop on Multigrain Crystallography on October 28-29, 2016 at the APS, Argonne National Laboratory.  More....

With the developments in micro-beam technology many traditional high-pressure powder samples may contain only tens or hundreds of multiple grains, displaying “spotty” poor powder patterns in diffraction images. As a result, polycrystalline structural refinement for ultrahigh-pressure samples becomes increasingly difficult and the results could be uncertain. On the other hand, successful examples of growth and preservation of micron-sized single crystal samples above 100 GPa are challenging and extremely rare.

August 9, 2016

HPCAT hosted a group of eight graduate students August 9-10, 2016, as part of the 2016 Neutron and X-ray School.  More...

HPCAT hosted a group of eight graduate students August 9-10, 2016, as part of the 2016 Neutron and X-ray School.  Beamline scientists, Dr. C. Park and D. Popov, gave hands-on training for high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiment using a diamond anvil cell and a practical guide to the data analysis to the students during the two-day classes.

The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering  is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities. Students conduct short experiments at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor, which provides hands-on experience for using neutron and synchrotron sources.

July 1, 2016

Rich Ferry joins HPCAT  as a beamline associate as of July 2016.

Rich Ferry joins HPCAT  as a beamline associate as of July 2016.  Many of you know Rich very well; he has been at HPSynC for more than 8 years and he has often helped HPCAT when there were major reconfigurations and development projects. Rich holds a degree in computer science and has 30+ years of work experience in research teams, including 20+ years in synchrotron facilities. In particular, he has extensive experience in high pressure devices, supporting equipment, and challenging integration setups at synchrotron beamlines.  We are excited to have him on the team.

June 21, 2016

Carnegie Lab Manager and Research Scientist Maddury Somayazulu was honored at the 2016 Geophysical Laboratory Years of Service Ceremony for his 20 years of work at Carnegie. HPCAT's Associate Director Stanislav Sinogeikin, Beamline Scientist Yue Meng, and Technician Eric Rod were also honored - Eric and Yue for 15 years of service and Stas for 10.  More...

Carnegie Lab Manager and Research Scientist Maddury Somayazulu was honored at the 2016 Geophysical Laboratory Years of Service Ceremony for his 20 years of work at Carnegie. Dr. Somayazulu was one of the first beamline scientists at HPCAT who significantly contributed to development of diffraction techniques at extreme conditions. HPCAT's Associate Director Stanislav Sinogeikin, Beamline Scientist Yue Meng, and Technician Eric Rod were also honored - Eric and Yue for 15 years of service and Stas for 10. 

April 21, 2016

On April 14, 2016 as part of the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory for high school girls, Genevieve Bowman and Yue Meng gave a presentation and tour of HPCAT to local students.

On April 14th, HPCAT hosted Chicago-area High School girls for the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory. The young women attend the conference to learn about the research conducted at the laboratory, to network with professional women scientists and engineers, and to learn about careers in science and technology.  After being welcomed to HPCAT by Project Administrator Freda Humble, the students were given a presentation on the basics of high pressure science, the high pressure research conducted at HPCAT, and the career path of the speaker, Beamline Associate Genevieve Boman. The students were then given a tour of the ID-B experiment station by Beamline Scientist Yue Meng. The students had the opportunity to speak with the visiting ID-B user, who discussed her current research interests.  They also saw the Offline Ruby Measurement System in action and held and examined a diamond anvil cell.

December 16, 2015

Carnegie’s president, Dr. Matthew Scott, came to visit HPCAT on December 7, 2015 with Mr. Timothy Doyle, Chief Operating Officer and Dr. Margaret Moerchen, Science Deputy.  More...

Carnegie’s president, Dr. Matthew Scott, came to visit HPCAT on December 7, 2015 with Mr. Timothy Doyle, Chief Operating Officer and Dr. Margaret Moerchen, Science Deputy.  The day included presentations about HPCAT’s unique capabilities, recent scientific results, interactive discussions, beamline experiments, and a facility tour.   The team gained a more complete understanding of day-to-day operations at HPCAT, how the user community is served, and the facility’s future upgrade plans.

December 10, 2015

Jianjun Ying joins HPCAT as Postdoctoral Associate

Jianjun Ying has joined HPCAT as a postdoctoral associate November of 2015.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Science and Technology of China.  He had worked at Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoc with Viktor Struzhkin. At HPCAT, he will continue working with Viktor on synthesizing superconducting materials and measuring their physical properties.

November 9, 2015

Cheng Ji joins HPCAT as Postdoctoral Associate

As a member of HPSynC for the past three years, Cheng Ji is a familiar face to HPCAT.  Cheng Ji joins HPCAT with a breadth of experience working with high pressure related synchrotron x-ray techinques and will continue his research in the areas of hydrogen and rich-hydrogen related materials at ultra-high pressures.

July 24, 2015

A collection of 10 papers is published in a single volume, vol. 86 July 2015, of the Review of Scientific Instruments. These papers represent a snapshot of recent developments at HPCAT in advancing high pressure synchrotron techniques.  More...

A collection of 10 papers is published in a single volume, vol. 86 July 2015, of the Review of Scientific Instruments. These papers represent a snapshot of recent developments at HPCAT in advancing high pressure synchrotron techniques.

The following articles were published as a: SPECIAL TOPIC: X-RAY TECHNIQUES AT THE HPCAT AT THE ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCE in RSI Volume 87, Issue 7, July 2015.

Preface: High-pressure studies with x-rays
Guoyin Shen and Stanislav Sinogeikin
Rev. Sci. Instrum.86, 071901 (2015)

June 25, 2015

Beamline scientists Changyong Park and Dmitry Popov host NX School 2015 students in High-Pressure Diffraction class June 15-17, 2015 at HPCAT 16BM-D.

HPCAT hosted a group of eight graduate students as part of the 2015 Neutron and X-ray School in June 15-17, 2015. Beamline scientists, Dr. C. Park and D. Popov, gave hands-on training for high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiment using a diamond anvil cell and a practical guide to the data analysis to the students during the two-day classes.

The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering  is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities. Students conduct short experiments at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor, which provides hands-on experience for using neutron and synchrotron sources.

May 4, 2015

On May 6, 2015, HPCAT held a special micro-workshop on highest static pressure achieved within the frame of High Pressure – Synchrotron Radiation discussion meetings.   More....

On May 6th, HPCAT held a special micro-workshop on highest static pressure achieved within the frame of High Pressure – Synchrotron Radiation discussion meetings.

More than 25 scientists have reviewed the historic/landmark and recent experiments in which the highest static pressure was achieved (or claimed to have been achieved) in Diamond Anvil Cells (above 300 GPa) and in large volume presses (above ~50 GPa). Special attention has been paid on the rapidly developing double-stage anvil cell techniques and developments. Extensive discussions of the next steps for achieving the highest possible static pressure in DAC and LVP have been made.

The list of speakers and topics:

April 16, 2015

On April 16, 2015 as part of the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory for high school girls, Genevieve Bowman and Yue Meng gave a presentation and tour of HPCAT to 12 students.  More...

On April 16th, HPCAT hosted Chicago-area High School girls for the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory. The young women attend the conference to learn about the research conducted at the laboratory, to network with professional women scientists and engineers, and to learn about careers in science and technology.  After being welcomed to HPCAT by Project Administrator Freda Humble, the students were given a presentation on the basics of high pressure science, the high pressure research conducted at HPCAT, and the career path of the speaker, Beamline Associate Genevieve Boman. The students were then given a tour of the ID-B experiment station by Beamline Scientist Yue Meng. The students had the opportunity to speak with the visiting ID-B user, who discussed her current research interests.  They also saw the Offline Ruby Measurement System in action and held and examined a diamond anvil cell.

April 2, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Eric Rod is one of the two recipients of Carnegie Institution’s Service to Science Award for 2014.  More...

THE CARNEGIE INSTITUTION SERVICE TO SCIENCE AWARD
TO BE GIVEN TO MR. ERIC ROD
GEOPHYSICAL LABORATORY
2014

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Eric Rod is one of the two recipients of Carnegie Institution’s Service to Science Award for 2014.

April 2, 2015

Welcome Visiting Scholar Shengqi Chu to HPCAT

Shengqi Chu is a visiting scholar to HPCAT for the next year from the Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. He has been working at the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility since 2011. His research focuses on the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy measurements on materials. 

March 17, 2015

Two UNLV-HiPSEC students received Outstanding Poster Awards for research performed at HPCAT at the 2015 SSAP symposium in Santa Fe (NM) on March 11-12, 2015.

UNLV-HiPSEC students presented their research based on work performed at HPCAT at the 2015 SSAP symposium in Santa Fe (NM) on March 11-12, 2015. We are particularly proud of Patricia Kalita and Daniel Sneed for winning 'Outstanding Poster' awards. 

Patricia Kalita's poster was titled:  High Pressure Behavior of Mullite-Type Oxides:  Phase Transitions, Amorphization and Microstructural Implications. 

Daniel Sneed's poster was titled: Forcing Cesium into Higher Oxidation States Using Useful X-Ray Induced Photochemistry at Extreme Pressures. 

Both students are frequent HPCAT users.


February 25, 2015

BX90: A new diamond anvil cell design for X-ray diffraction and optical measurements was one of the most cited articles in 2014 from Review of Scientific Instruments.

BX90: A new diamond anvil cell design for X-ray diffraction and optical measurements (I. Kantor, V. Prakapenka, A. Kantor, P. Dera, A. Kurnosov, S. Sinogeikin, N. Dubrovinskaia and L. Dubrovinsky), a collaborative effort between HPCAT and GSECARS, was one of the most cited articles in 2014 from Review of Scientific Instruments.

October 14, 2014

A Workshop on high-pressure time-resolved synchrotron techniques was held on September 25-27, 2014 at the Advanced Photon Source Conference Center and HPCAT.  More...

A Workshop on high-pressure time-resolved synchrotron techniques was held on September 25-27, 2014 at the Advanced Photon Source Conference Center and HPCAT, Argonne National Laboratory.  More than 100 participants attended this two-and-a-half-day workshop. The attendees represented a diverse group of researchers at various career stages from different countries (US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, India, and Australia) and different research environments (universities, national labs, research institutions and user facilities). Attendance of 32 young career scientists (students and postdocs) was made possible through generous travel grants from COMPRES and CDAC.

The workshop purpose and goals included:

- Identifying scientific goals and associated technical challenges for time-resolved studies using synchrotron radiation and laser driven sources

June 24, 2014

Beamline scientists Changyong Park and Dmitry Popov host NX School 2014 students in High-Pressure Diffraction class June 19-20, 2014 at HPCAT 16BM-D.

Changyong Park and Dmitry Popov hosted a group of 8 graduate students for 2014 Neutron and X-ray School, June 19-20 at HPCAT 16BM-D. A hands-on training for high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiment using a diamond anvil cell and a practical guide to the data analysis were provided to the students during the two-day classes.

June 12, 2014

HPCAT will present a two and half day workshop Sept. 25-27, 2014 at the APS dedicated to high pressure time-resolved x-ray scattering techniques.   More...

Complementary advances in synchrotron sources, x-ray optics, fast area detectors, IR lasers and adaptable remote pressure controls have recently made possible many time-resolved experimental techniques for studying materials at extreme pressure and temperature conditions. The High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT) at the Advanced Photon Source has made a sustained effort over the past several years to assemble a powerful collection of high pressure apparatus aimed at time-resolved studies of materials, and considerable time has been invested in developing techniques for collecting high-quality time-resolved x-ray scattering data.

April 10, 2014

 

On April 10, 2014 as part of the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory for high school girls, Genevieve Bowman gave a presentation and tour of HPCAT to 12 students.

On April 10th, HPCAT hostedChicago-area High School girls for the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory. The young women attend the conference to learn about the research conducted at the laboratory, to network with professional women scientists and engineers, and to learn about careers in science and technology.  After being welcomed to HPCAT by Project Administrator Freda Humble, the students were given a presentation on the basics of high pressure science, the high pressure research conducted at HPCAT, and the career path of the speaker, Beamline Associate Genevieve Boman. The students were then given a tour of the ID-D experiment station. The students had the opportunity to speak with the visiting ID-D user, who discussed her current research interests.

April 8, 2014

Chuanlong Lin joins HPCAT as Postdoctoral Associate

Chuanlong Lin joins HPCAT as a Postdoctoral Associate.  He comes to us from the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility and received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of High Energy Physics at the Chinese Academy of Science.  His focus will be in Time-resolved X-ray Probes.