May 2016: “Approved Program” granted for Advanced Light Source (ALS).

Dedicated beam time for three years was granted for HyMARC-related experiments at the ALS, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The end stations accessed are 5.3.2.2 and 7.3.1 for Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy, and 6.3.1 for X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. The soft X-rays produced at the ALS are ideal for probing metal hydrides and sorbents composed of light elements (B – Al), as well as first-row transition metals. These resources will be employed by HyMARC researchers to probe the bonding environment surrounding these atoms and to image nanoscale buried interfaces that form when metal hydrides decompose.

March 2016: First HyMARC publication.

A novel method for predicting hydrogen diffusion in metals based on molecular dynamics was published in Phys. Chem. C.

November 2015: Molecular Foundry general user proposal approved

Molecular Foundry general user proposal approved, providing access to first-principles modeling of X-ray spectrocopies, imaging and manipulation facilities, including Atomic Force Microscopy and state-of-the-art Transmission Electron Microscopies, including the Spin-Polarized Low-Energy Electron Microscope (SPLEEM) at the National Center for Electron Microscopy; nanosynthesis capabilities; and nanoparticle characterization tools.