U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) on Friday, June 3. Russell Hemley, Director of Carnegie's Geophysical Laboratory, presented an overview of the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT) and led the tour for the delegation, which also included Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago and Eric Isaacs, Director of ANL. The Secretary was visiting ANL to participate in the new Energy Sciences Building (ESB) groundbreaking ceremony.

HPCAT was established to advance cutting-edge, multidisciplinary, high-pressure science and technology using synchrotron radiation at Sector 16 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of ANL. The high-pressure program at HPCAT has enabled myriad scientific breakthroughs in high-pressure physics, chemistry, materials, and Earth and planetary sciences.

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