Argonne, IL


COMPRES Technology Center (COMPTECH)


COMPRES, the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences is a community-based consortium whose goal is to enable Earth Science researchers to conduct the next generation of high-pressure science on world-class equipment and facilities. It facilitates the operation of beam lines, the development of new technologies for high-pressure Earth science studies, and advocates for science and educational programs to the various funding agencies.
COMPRES Technology Center (COMPTECH) is COMPRES's presence at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. It is established to realize the main mission is to create new capabilities and preferential access to state-of-the art facilities at existing beam lines at Advanced Photon Source for the COMPRES community, and help to bring up new and important discoveries in deep Earth interior.


The location of the COMPTECH at the Argonne Laboratory brings several significant advantages:
1. APS, as the most advanced 3rd generation hard X-ray source in U.S., hosts a variety on unique,state of the art instruments and engages in development of novel forefront experimental technology.
2. APS hosts several of the current COMPRES projects and there are on-going plans to establish more permanent COMPRES facilities though PUP proposals;
3. APS also hosts a lot of resident experts on experimental technology, software and methods development, as well as a whole spectrum of high-pressure researchers, who will be interested in collaborating with the COMPTECH;
4. APS is located at a central research facility frequently visited by the majority of active COMPRES members, which should allow and stimulate collaborations.

COMPTECH Highlights

Development of thermal diffused scattering (TDS) for measuring single-crystal elastic properties:

New and Events

16 Feb 206: beam time at 34IDE
22 Jan 2016: 1st COMPTECH TAB meeting in 2016
1 Jan 2015: Happy New Year!!
14 Dec 2015: AGU fall meeting 2015 in SF.
4 Oct 2015: MS&T conference in Columbus, OH.

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Software and Database

16 Jul 2015: Include Dr. Clemens Prescher's Dioptas software.
28 May 2015: Include Dr. Wolfgang Kabsch's XDS software package.
30 Mar 2015: Include Dr. Dan Shim's software tools.

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06 Apr 2016: 13BMC experiments for 2016-2 scheduled.
09 Mar 2016: 13BMC 2016-1 run starts for high-pressure DAC program.
28 Feb 2016: Deadline for GUP proposal for 2016-2 at APS.

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