Dedicated to static and dynamic condensed matter chemistry and materials science.

Advanced Crystallography

Uses a "rapid setup" crystallography facility that allows us to rapidly switch operation to the single-crystal instrument.

Liquid Surface/Interface X-ray Scattering

Used to investigate dynamical and structural properties of surfaces and interfaces in a variety of liquid and solid systems.

Anomalous Small Angle X-ray Scattering (ASAXS)

Focuses on element specific structural study of soft-matter in nano-dimensions.

Update on Status at NSF’s ChemMatCARS, April 20, 2022

Dear NSF’s ChemMatCARS Users,


Please see the announcement on the APS COVID Rules and Regulations.


Our Mission

NSF’s ChemMatCARS operates three experimental stations in the areas of advanced small-molecule crystallography, liquid surface and interface scattering, and small to wide-angle scattering at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), the premier undulator-based synchrotron source of high-brilliance high-energy x-rays in the U.S.A. The instrumentation at NSF’s ChemMatCARS provides information that addresses a broad range of issues in chemistry and materials research. NSF’s ChemMatCARS is supported by the Divisions of Chemistry (CHE) and Materials Research (DMR), National Science Foundation, under grant number NSF/CHE-1834750 (click here for detail). Construction of a second beamline at NSF’s ChemMatCARS is supported by NSF grant CHE-1836674 with contributions from the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities within the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and NSF Divisions in Chemistry (CHE), Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems Engineering (CBET) (click here for detail).

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Upcoming Events

11:00 am Small-angle Scattering Seminar S...
Small-angle Scattering Seminar S...
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Date: May 25, 2022 Time: Wed, 11:00 AM (CST) Speaker: Robert Dalgliesh, Najet Mahmoudi, and Gregory Smith Institution: ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK Title: Small-Angle Scattering at the ISIS Neutron Source[...]
11:00 am PME Distinguished Colloquium
PME Distinguished Colloquium
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker: Mete Atature (Professor, Department of Physics, Cambridge University, UK) Title: Shedding Light on Nuclear Spins: Through the looking-glass, and what we found there Abstract: Optically active spins in solids are often considered prime candidates[...]
10:00 am Soft Matter Interest Group Semin...
Soft Matter Interest Group Semin...
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
SPEAKER: Frank Heinrich (Associate Research Professor, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University) TITLE: TBD LINK: https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/94220080385?pwd=b0VpcUFUOFNDT0pITk5WeTg4YjAwZz09 Meeting ID: 942 2008 0385 Password: 013444

Recent Publications

Till Schmidt-Räntsch, Sven Schneider et al., “Nitrogen Atom Transfer Catalysis by Metallonitrene C–H Insertion: Photocatalytic Amidation of AldehydesAngew. Chem.Int. Ed., 61(9), e202115626 (2022)

Sangjun Yoo, Pulak Dutta et al., “Specific Ion Effects in Lanthanide–Amphiphile Structures at the Air–Water Interface and Their Implications for Selective SeparationACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 14(5), 7504-7512 (2022)

Miguel Gonzalez, Daniel G. Nocera et al., “Taming the Chlorine Radical: Enforcing Steric Control over Chlorine-Radical-Mediated C–H ActivationJ. Am. Chem. Soc., 144(3), 1464-1472 (2022)

Pan Sun, Mark L. Schlossman et al., “Antagonistic Role of Aqueous Complexation in the Solvent Extraction and Separation of Rare Earth IonsACS Cent. Sci., 7(11), 1908-1918 (2021)

Science Highlights

Visit our Science Highlights page for a full listing of highlights from NSF’s ChemMatCARS.

Advanced Crystallography

Liquid Surface/Interface X-ray Scattering

Anomalous Small Angle X-ray Scattering (ASAXS)

Latest News

Job Opportunity: Beamline Technician/Engineer Position

Beamline Technician/Engineer Position at Chemistry and Material Sciences Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (ChemMatCARS), University of Chicago ChemMatCARS is seeking a Beamline Technician or a Beamline Engineer to join the team. ChemMatCARS, affiliated with the...

Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) with NSF’s ChemMatCARS (Click here)

NSF’s ChemMatCARS is seeking candidates to form partnerships for research and education in chemistry, in response to the solicitation for Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC), released on September 15, 2021, from the Division of Chemistry (CHE), NSF (https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/partnerships-research-and-education-chemistry-prec). The PREC program will fund partnerships between minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and CHE-supported research centers/facilities, such as NSF’s ChemMatCARS.