Unique Cornell x-ray lab saved

By Erika Mahoney

April 21, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Monday marked a good day for Cornell University scientists.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) stopped by the university to announce federal funding for a struggling laboratory.

The national science foundation has promised $100 million over the next five years to Cornell's High Energy Synchrotron Light Source Lab, or CHESS.

Two years ago, funding for the lab was almost cut, so Senator Schumer stepped in.

The funding will add security to the mission of CHESS.

"Not just for the next year but for the next five to seven years without a drop in support," Schumer said. "It means that the federal government believes that the lab is worth the substantial investment."

The lab is one of only two high energy synchro-tron x-ray facilities in the country.

"CHESS' mission is to provide unique x-ray facilities to researchers from all over the United States and around the world to enable research of important areas, including next generation batteries, novel catalytic electron and magnetic materials. " lab director Joel Brock said.

The lab is the recipient of two Nobel Prizes.

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