The US Department of Energy announced its plan to invest $30mn in funding for 10 projects in an effort to further research in the field of  ultrafast science. The research covers both material science as well as chemistry.

“Discoveries in materials science and chemistry have long been critical drivers of technological innovation and economic growth,” said US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “These projects will keep American scientists on the cutting edge of one of today’s most promising and potentially productive areas of research.”

A report on Energy.Gov reads: “While the research spans a range of topics, a major focus is preparing for the upgrade of America’s premier installation for ultrafast science, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), a DOE Office of Science user facility at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.”

“A major thrust of the new ultrafast projects is understanding how to structure and shape experiments to take advantage of these revolutionary new capabilities.  In the process, the research can be expected to provide detailed new insights into the behavior of catalysts, the movement and exchange of electrons in chemical reactions, and even exotic quantum effects that may eventually find application in quantum computing, quantum information processing, and advanced sensors.”