The following science pages will show how X-rays have become a mainstream tool for examining the structure and function of our material world, with an eye towards designing new materials, solving technological problems, and even curing diseases.
CHESS users come from around the world and represent both academic and corporate communities.
CHESS has proposed that the NSF support a “sub-facility” at CHESS. This allows other federal and state agencies, private foundations, academic institutions, and private industry to become partners with CHESS.
With a strong commitment to education, CHESS provides experiences to students, educators and the public that make science familiar and accessible.
The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source is a high-intensity X-ray source which provides our users state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental and Materials Sciences.
A large part of the biosphere exists under very high pressure and may have evolved there since the earliest times yet researchers have precious little structural information. HP-Bio provides researchers with new tools for structural investigations.
Pressure is a fundamental thermodynamic parameter that affects the free energy of a system. For macromolecules in solution, this often results in changes in molecular structure.
MX experiments under pressure in diamond anvil cell (DAC)
How does the diffraction from a single crystal change with pressure?
High pressure is a tool that can be used to alter the equilibrium population of molecular conformations and associations, both in crystals and in solutions.
In addition to the workhorse techniques of macromolecular crystallography (MX) and BioSAXS, MacCHESS welcomes experiments that use X-rays in other ways, as well as novel applications of MX an