Workshops and Courses

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2016 Neutron X-ray School

Every year since 2014, ChemMatCARS has participated in teaching for the APS Neutron and X-ray School.  This year, 8 graduate students from various institutions within the US attended ChemMatCARS school and participated in two-day hands-on Liquid Surface Scattering experiments and analyses.  Lectures were presented on the “Scientific Scope of Liquid Surface...

2016 Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering School: Data Analysis

This year, ChemMatCARS sponsored its third Liquid Surface and X-ray Scattering School (LSXS) held at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) on May 12-13.  This year’s school focused on data analysis methods.  There were 26 students from ten different institutions in attendance.  Students ranged in experience from undergraduates to post-docs.  Multiple techniques were...

Science Careers in Search of Women Conference, Tour of ChemMatCARS

On April 14, 2016, ANL hosted the annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference and CARS helped facilitate.  Female high school students are given the opportunity to learn more about STEM careers, in an effort to increase the representation of women in the science and technology fields.  In Sector 15, the students spoke to Dr. Binhua Lin about liquid surface...

One Day and Night with Exemplary Research High School Students at ChemMatCARS

On February 14, ChemMatCARS welcomed 6 students from Hoffman Estates High School for the Exemplary Student Research Program (ESRP) at Sector 15, APS, for a hands-on synchrotron experimental run working on a research project they proposed.  These students learned all about the synchrotron facilities at Argonne and focused primarily on liquid surface scattering.  The...

2016 ChemMatCARS Faculty Development Summer Research Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS ChemMatCARS is sponsoring a summer research experience program for faculty of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) at Sector 15, the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Labs.  The aim of this program is to foster research collaborations between ChemMatCARS and MSI faculty.  Call for proposals for the 2016 summer program can be found here ,...

Tour for the Undergraduate Students

ChemMatCARS beamline scientist Wei Bu explains synchrotron research to a group of undergraduate students who are from the Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer program from the University of Chicago.

2014 IU Students’ Trip to ChemMatCARS

Pictured, front row from left, Dr. Yu-Sheng Chen (University of Chicago and ChemMatCARS), IU students Diamond Turner, Joseph Smedley, Francesca White, Briana Catanzano, Chynna Swoveland, Katelynn Bell, Jourdan Jenkins, Dr. Binhua Lin (University of Chicago and ChemMatCARS); back row from left, Tony Lanzirotti (University of Chicago and GSECARS) Christopher Smith,...

School for Syncrotron Crystallography

Introduction and Experimental Methods DECEMBER 3-6, 2014 On December 3-6, 2014, ChemMatCARS hosted a 3-day (included 16 hours hand-on session) school for synchrotron crystallography (SSC2014).  The School was attended by 26 participants, from 18 institutions around the world, among them graduate students, post-docs, crystallographic staff and faculty.  The program...

ChemMatCARS 2014 Undergraduate Students

ELIZABETH BERGE I am a senior physics major at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and this past summer (2014), I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Binhua Lin at both the University of Chicago and at ChemMatCARS at Sector 15 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Lab. At the University of Chicago, another summer student, Sarah Maddox, and...

Maine East High School Students Tour ChemMatCARS

A group of 24 high school students from Maine East HS, Park Ridge, visited CARS on May 22nd.  Being led by their teacher, David Schultz, an ex-beamline scientist in ChemMatCARS, the students heard a brief exposition on x-ray sources, followed by a tour of the ChemMatCARS and GSECARS beamlines, guided by Mati Meron and Tony Lanzirotti.  The students appeared quite...

Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2013

BEYOND RG The objective of the Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2013/2014 will be to raise the capabilities of the small-angle scattering (SAS) community by providing an intermediate-level course for those in need of a better understanding of SAS theory, and techniques utilized at the APS. Click here for more info

Irena & Nika Software Courses

Successful small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) experiment requires appropriate data reduction and analysis tools. Igor Pro based packages Nika (for SAXS data reduction) and Irena (for SAXS data analysis) were developed during the last 10 years at the APS. They are already being used widely for material science, physics, and chemistry SAXS at the APS and at other...

2013 Synchrotron Charge Density School (SCDS-13)

This past March, the advanced crystallographic program of ChemMatCARS hosted the SCDS-13, a workshop on the theory and practice of a synchrotron based x-ray high resolution charge density. The aim of the school is to provide young researchers with a hands-on experience enabling them to utilize new crystallographic instruments and techniques, especially the...

2012 Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering School (LSXS-12)

J. M. Andrew, B. Lin, M. Schlossman, and J. Wang, 2012 School for Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering: Theory and Experimental Methods, Synchrotron Radiation News 26, 40 (2013). During the fall of 2012, the liquid surface scattering facility of ChemMatCARS, together with APS 8-ID and 9-ID, hosted a workshop on the theory and experimental methods of synchrotron based...

SAXS Workshop 2012

This one-day workshop was devoted to the future of small-angle scattering (SAS) techniques for research in energy-related materials. The workshop focused on how SAS can provide future insights into a broad range of materials systems (e.g., complex oxide fuel cells, polymeric and physical gels, nanostructured organics, and photovoltaics) that have been designated as...

Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2012

BEYOND RG The objective of the Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2012 was to raise the capabilities of the small-angle scattering (SAS) community by providing an intermediate-level course for those in need of a better understanding of SAS theory, and techniques utilized at the APS. Click here for more info

Mentor Award Recognizes Outreach Effort

ChemMatCARS director P. James Viccaro recently received an award in recognition of his dedication as a mentor to Janet Soltau of the University of Vermont, who worked at ChemMatCARS in the summer of 2009. The award was presented through the Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Janet's...

Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2010

BEYOND RG The objective of the Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2010 is to raise the capabilities of the small-angle scattering (SAS) community by providing an intermediate-level course for those in need of a better understanding of SAS theory, and techniques utilized at the APS. Click here for more info

Advanced Crystallography Workshop 2008

BRING US YOUR PROBLEM CRYSTALS! This workshop will introduce experienced crystallographers (graduate students, postdocs, and staff) to the newly upgraded ChemMatCARS Advanced Crystallography Station at beamline 15-ID of the Advanced Photon Source (APS)—a fast and powerful tool for structure determination and high-resolution charge density studies of small, difficult...