[ M_R_C_A_T ] The Materials Research
Collaborative Access Team

This is the home page for the The Materials Research Collaborative Access Team (MRCAT), a multiple-institution consortium for building and operating x-ray beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source .

MRCAT Research

Instrumentation and Capabilities

Scientific Program

Research Highlights

Partnership the the Advanced Test Reactor

MRCAT is a partner institution to the Nuclear Scientific User Facility.
Technical Contact: Jeff Terry (630.252.9708) (terryj@iit.edu)

MRCAT Publications

Search the APS Publication Database for Sector 10 publications or check out our ResearcherID sites:

Bending Magnet Line

Insertion Device Line

Funding Acknowledgement

All publications resulting from experiments performed at MRCAT are required to include the acknowledgement:
MRCAT operations are supported by the Department of Energy and the MRCAT member institutions. This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.
We request that any publication resulting from work done at MRCAT be added to The APS Publications Database.

The references for beamline descriptions are

Information for Users

Beamline Phone Numbers:   630.252.1710 (ID)    630.252.6792 (BM)    630.252.0342(LOM)

Beam Time Schedules

We are now using the APS Scheduling System. Just go to the "View/Edit Schedule" tab and select the run and the beamline you are interested in viewing. The "View All" tab can also be used to view both schedules simultaneously. The schedule is also published on Google Calendars. You can include it in your Google Calendar by adding them by URL
https://schedule.aps.anl.gov/schedules/10-BM-A_B.ics    for the BM line
https://schedule.aps.anl.gov/schedules/10-ID-B.ics    for the ID line

Glove Box Schedule

The Sector 10 oxygen-free glove box is available for use by MRCAT users asn well as other trained users. To schedule use of the glovebox, email John Katsoudas. Priority is given to users with scheduled beam time at MRCAT to request use of the glovebox in a two week window once the beamtime schedule is finalized. Once this two week period has lapsed, glove box requests will be extended to non-MRCAT users.
2010-2 Glove Box schedule

Ordering Gases or other Specialized Supplies

If you need to order specialized gases or other sup0plies which are not normal beamline stock, you will need to set up a user account and purchase them through the Argonne purchasing system. See the Policy for establishing User Accounts.

MRCAT General User Access

MRCAT is accepting General User proposals. Please submit proposals through the APS User Administration Office (UAO) web site for review.

Absorption Edge Reference Spectra

Ti   V   Cr   Mn   Fe   Co   Ni   Cu   Zn   Ge   Zr   Nb   Mo   Pd   Ag   Ta   Pt   Au

Useful Software

iXAFS 3.0.3 — IFEFFIT and the Horae suite for the Mac.
Windows SCP client
WinSCP is a program that can be used to copy data from MRCAT computers to your Windows computer. It uses the secure copy protocol to go through the APS firewall.
RealVNC version 3.3.7 for Windows
RealVNC version 4.0 for Windows
RealVNC 3.3.7 and 4.0 for Windows in case the newer version doesn't work for you.


Online Experimental Safety Forms
We ask that ESAF's be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the experiment in order to give sufficient time for evaluation.
Printing Safety Forms
Active ESAFs may be printed only be authorized MRCAT staff. Log in and search on the badge number of the experimenter, the sector (10), the approval status (Approved) and any other criteria you wish. Select the desired ESAF and press the "Generate Report" button. After printing, have the Verifier sign and then submit to the Floor Coordinator.
APS Safety Information
All MRCAT Users must follow APS Safety Guidelines. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with APS procedures. If you have any questions, please contact Carlo Segre, MRCAT Safety Coordinator.

MRCAT Standard Operating Procedures

Wet Lab Glovebox Usage

APS Electrical Equipment Inspection

All MRCAT users bringing electrical equipment to the beamline need to arrange to have it inspected by the APS. This request can be submitted at the bottom link on the page referenced above.

Executive Committee and Institutional Membership

MRCAT is a partnership of three universities (University of Notre Dame, University of Florida and Illinois Institute of Technology, two Argonne National Laboratory Divisions (Chemical Sciences and and Biosciences/Environmental Research), the Environmental Protection Agency, and two companies (BP and UOP). Each institutional member has a seat on the MRCAT Executive Committee, which is responsible for the operation of the CAT. The Executive Committee members are:
     Bruce Bunker University of Notre Dame, Physics Department (bunker.1@nd.edu)
Deputy Director:
     Carlo Segre Illinois Institute of Technology , Physics Division (segre@iit.edu)
Executive Committee Members:
     Mark Davidson University of Florida , Microfabritech (mark@microfab.ufl.edu)
     Matthew Kulzick BP Corporation (matthew.kulzick@bp.com)
     Ken Kemner Argonne National Laboratory , Biosciences Division (kemner@anl.gov)
     Jeremy Kropf Argonne National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (kropf@cmt.anl.gov)
     Kirk Scheckel U. S. Environmental Protection Agency , Land Remediation and Pollution Control Division (scheckel.kirk@epamail.epa.gov)
     Shelly Kelly Honeywell (shelly.kelly@honeywell.com)

Staff Members

The MRCAT staff is responsible for developing and maintaining the experimental facilities at the MRCAT sector. The Beamline Scientists are also responsible for user support at MRCAT. The staff can be reached at APS Sector 10, Bldg. 433, ID beamline: (630.252.1710), BM beamline: (630.252.6792), LOM: (630.252.0342), FAX: (630.252.0358) or at the individual contact points listed below.
     John Katsoudas Beamline Scientist (630.252.0351) (katsoudas@agni.phys.iit.edu)
     Joshua Wright Beamline Scientist (630.252.0356) (jwright@csrri.iit.edu)
     Vladislav Zyryanov Chemist (630.252.5167) (zyryanov@agni.phys.iit.edu)
     Al Kwiatkowski Computer Systems Administrator (312.567.3751) (kwiatal@csrri.iit.edu)
     Bill Lavender Software Specialist (510.612.4747) (lavender@csrri.iit.edu)

Contact Information

Prof. Bruce Bunker
Physics Department
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
574.631.7219 (voice); 574.631.5952 (FAX)
bruce.a.bunker.1@nd.edu (e-mail)

Other Synchrotron and X-Ray Resources

Mactel tarball Advanced Photon Source
Other APS CATs
IIT Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation (CSRRI)
IXS/XAFS Database
McMaster X-ray data
McMaster X-ray data periodic table
Original McMaster publication
X-Ray WWW Server
Matt Newville's IFEFFIT Home Page
Bruce Ravel's EXAFS Software
FEFF Home Page
Synchrotron labs around the world

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Last modified 02/23/2010