Transition to NSLSII

 Chemical and Energy Sciences (CES) at the NSLS-II

The synchrotron Chemical and Energy Sciences (CES) community consists of scientists who use synchrotron radiation in the areas of chemical transformations, catalysis, electrochemistry, energy conversion/storage, and hydrogen storage research. SCC members, with the help of many synchrotron users from CES community developed strategic plans and proposed novel experimental methods to best exploit new capabilities of the NSLS-II.

As discussed in several workshops and meetings organized by SCC, the following drivers for the new science to be done at the NSLS-II were identified:

  1. Nanometer-scale understanding of reactivity, selectivity, stability, and degradation mechanisms of catalysts
  2. Design of model catalysts that provide indirect but essential and reliable information on more complex commercial catalysts
  3. Development of combined multi-technique methodologies and instrumentation for real time, in situ catalysis and battery discharge studies
  4. Development of instrumentation that simulates laboratory and industrial conditions for energy release, storage, and generation where the catalytic process can be followed in a time-resolved manner

These plans are a coordinated effort of scientists working in multiple CES sub-fields to join forces and create a multidisciplinary research environment, including both a new infrastructure and a new atmosphere of collaboration. To address these needs at the NSLS-II CES members will run their programs at the suite of beamlines summarized below.

Project beamlines:

Sub-micron Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy (SRX)
X-ray Powder Diffraction (XPD1, XPD2)
Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering and polarization (CSX-2)

Next beamlines:

Inner Shell Spectroscopy (ISS) 
Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering (SIX) 
Electron Spectro Microscopy (ESM)

NxtGen beamlunes:

Quick X-ray Absorption and Scattering (QAS) 
Tender X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (TES)

NSLS-II will begin its operations in Fall 2014. In the time period between the end of the operations of the NSLS and the beginning of the QAS, TES and ISS beamlines, the Photon Sciences and the SCC PIs are working together with the administration of the SSRL synchrotron in Standord on establishing temporary operations at one of the beamlines there. The plans are to provide the SCC users with beamline support and travel support that would have been similar to what they would have received at the NSLS. We will also plan to provide on site support at the SSRL in setting up catalysis and electro-catalysis experiments similar to what is currently done at the NSLS. User training, help with experiment design, and annual workshops will continue during the transition period.