NHMLA Mineral Sciences Curator Blog
Summer 2016

New Laboratory and Research Collections Space

We just completed the first stage of building a vibrant, educational, and state-of-the-art mineral analysis research laboratory to visually showcase museum research/mentoring activities and develop long lasting partnerships with academic institutions and industry. The walls and furniture were installed May 2016. We are looking forward to outfitting the lab with new instrumentation over the summer months!

View of new lab space in Mineral Sciences.

Reserach Trip to the Advanced Photon Source

Dr. Aaron Celestian took his version of field-work: a research trip to one of the most powerful X-ray sources in the world. Named the Advanced Photon Source, this synchrotron is located just outside of Chicago, and uses a very large ring to accelerate electrons at near the speed of light. Synchrotron light is generated when bunches of electrons change direction at constant speed, and as they turn they radiate a tremendous amount of X-ray light. Dr. Celestian uses this light is used to probe how atoms move in space and time through nano porous minerals.