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DOE User Facilities Enabling Science

Empowering an international community of scientists with the most advanced technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science oversees the construction and operation of some of the nation's most advanced research and development user facilities, located at national laboratories and universities. These state-of-the-art facilities are shared with the science community worldwide and offer some technologies and instrumentation that are available nowhere else. Guidelines for submitting proposals for access to these facilities are available from the individual centers.

Presented below and on the corresponding pages are descriptions of some of the most important facilities for subsurface biogeochemical research.


Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)

DOE Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

By co-locating more than 75 premier experimental instruments with supercomputing capabilities, DOE EMSL is able to make multiple types of capabilities available to single investigators or multidisciplinary teams to study environmental challenges at the molecular level. DOE EMSL has helped thousands of researchers use a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to iterate between theory and experiment to solve important challenges in biogeochemistry and subsurface science, biological interactions and dynamics, and interactions at the interfaces of natural and engineered materials.
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Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

DOE Joint Genome Institute

Sequencing more than one trillion DNA base pairs per year, DOE JGI in Walnut Creek, California, provides state-of-the-science capabilities for genome sequencing and analysis. With more than 1100 worldwide collaborators on active projects, DOE JGI is the preeminent facility for sequencing plants, microbes, and microbial communities that are foundational to energy and environmental research.
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High-Performance Computing and Data Storage Facilities

High Performance Computing and Data Storage Facilities

DOE provides the SBR community with several high-performance computing and data storage facilities.  Through the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program office provides the Molecular Science Computing (MSC) capability. In addition, the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program office provides the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Synchrotron-Based Biogeochemical and Interfacial Research

Structural Biology Resources

Synchrotron light sources at DOE national laboratories enable resolution of the structure of matter from the cellular level down to the atomic and molecular level using approaches not possible with conventional instrumentation.  SBR’s primary synchrotron-based research efforts are located at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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BER Structural Biology Facility Access

Structural Biology Resources

This infrastructure provides user access to beamlines and instrumentation for high-resolution studies of biological organisms and molecules for all areas of life sciences research. Synchrotron facilities produce intense beams of photons, from X-rays to infrared to terahertz radiation, while neutron facilities produce beams using particle accelerators or reactors. The beams are directed into experimental stations housing instruments configured for specific biological investigations.
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