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Reflections on a decade as SLAC director

As SLAC celebrates its 60th anniversary, Chi-Chang Kao looks back on the advancements, expansions, and collaborations that mark his 10-year tenure as director.

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Flameproofing lithium-ion batteries with salt

A new electrolyte makes for safer batteries that keep working and don’t catch fire when heated to over 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Shining new light on oil-slick rainbows

To invent a new tool for studying how chemicals react at interfaces, researchers shoot tiny jets of oil and water at each other and illuminate them.

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Chi-Chang Kao to step down as SLAC director

After serving 10 years as director of the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Chi-Chang Kao will return to research.  

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Molecular cage protects precious metals in catalytic converters

Encapsulating precious-metal catalysts in a web-like alumina framework could reduce the amount needed in catalytic converters – and our dependency on these scarce metals.

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Oxygen is a diamond’s best friend

Researchers at SLAC found that “diamond rain” on giant ice planets could be more common than previously thought, and that oxygen boosts this exotic precipitation.

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Helium’s chilling journey to cool a particle accelerator

It takes just one and a half hours to make a superconducting particle accelerator at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory colder than outer space, thanks to a new helium-refrigeration plant.

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How do you take a better image of atom clouds? Mirrors – lots of mirrors

In the ultimate exercise in ultra-low light photography, SLAC scientists devised a dome of mirrors to gather more light from more angles.

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Design thinking and the Disco-tracker

For a d.school class project, PhD student Jannicke Pearkes turned her research at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory into an art installation that resembles a giant disco ball.

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A day in the life of an electricity and cool cow engineer

Gustavo Cezar wears two colorful hats as an engineer with SLAC’s GISMo lab.

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