From the Director
Dear Colleague, 

We are in the middle of our CHESS Workshops 2030 series. These workshops are engaging users and staff about the promising future of CHESS. So far, over 700 participants have been discussing and sharing exciting ideas about the science drivers of the next decade, and beyond. 

There are still many workshops to be held, and I encourage you to register and attend. Our users are filled with great ideas and we want to hear them. 

I would also like to congratulate CHESS Staff Scientist Richard Gillilan for being named a Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA). Among many achievements, Richard is responsible for developing a beamline at CHESS into a now state-of-the-art BioSAXS facility. His enthusiasm for science is infectious, and users and students from all over the world have benefited from his collaborative spirit. Congratulations Richard. 

As we are currently preparing for the fall run during our summer shutdown, we are also accepting beamtime requests (BTR) for the September to November 2021 cycle. Details can be found here.

Thanks, and hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Joel Brock, Director, CHESS (email Joel)
CHESS 2030 Workshops
These workshops are a chance to engage existing and future CHESS users, CHESS staff, and the accelerator community in the planning process for the future of CHESS. The ultimate goal is to steer the strategic planning process with the creation of a document detailing specific scientific research opportunities that can be achieved at CHESS by the year 2030. These materials will form the basis of the scientific case for multiple proposals for upgrades and operations.

We're halfway through our slate of workshops! Upcoming workshops include "The life cycle of elements", "Manipulating and Measuring Quantum States at <QM>2", "Reactions in Time and Space", "Ambient Crystallography", and "Accelerator Development for Timing Experiments at CHESS".

Join us to help us shape the future at CHESS!
Dynamic Teaching Workshop: Enhancing Student Learning Outcomes
Teachers, join us for this virtual workshop on August 3rd! We will discuss dynamic activities for traditional and hybrid teaching models; current Pressure Biology being conducted at Cornell; and a presentation of strategies for Crosscutting Concepts in the Science Classroom. Teacher participants will receive 4 Professional Development/In-Service Credits.
American Crystallographic Association honors staff scientist Richard Gillilan
Richard Gillilan, a MacCHESS/CHEXS staff scientist, has been named a member of the 2021 class of Fellows of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA), in recognition of his many career achievements.
Unconventional chiral charge order in kagome superconductor KV3Sb5
Intertwining quantum order and non-trivial topology is at the frontier of condensed matter physics. In a new paper appearing in the journal Nature Materials, a team lead by M. Zahid Hasan from Princeton University reports the discovery of an unconventional chiral charge order in a kagome material, KV3Sb5.
In situ spectroscopy as a probe of electrocatalyst performance
Hydrogen fuel cells generally require expensive and scarce platinum catalysts in order to function. Researchers have created highly reactive platinum-nickel nanowires with the potential to reduce the amount of platinum required in fuel cells. Research at PIPOXS examines the atomic-level mechanisms of this catalyst, forming a foundation for the development and commercialization of more efficient fuel cell technology.
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