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Platinum is a great catalyst, but it costs about $950 an ounce. Nickel, with a market price of less than $4 a pound, is an attractive option … but it doesn’t pack the same punch. Now research is helping nickel muscle to its way to center stage of fuel production. To learn more, check out this article from the latest edition of Frontiers in Energy Research:
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Using a comprehensive system-wide approach, a team of researchers studied metabolic pathways that regulate lipid accumulation in a genetically tractable yeast species. This research could improve lipid yields and enhance the efficiency of biofuel production. Learn more at
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Before PNNL signs off for the Memorial Day weekend, we thought you would enjoy a recent ARM Climate Research Facility blog article by PNNL’s own Jerome Fast. He is the principal investigator for the Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Ecosystems (HI-SCALE) campaign. Check it out at … and we’ll be back on line Tuesday, May 31.
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and... a mime doing hardware? scary
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Congratulations to PNNL scientist Kevin Rosso! He was invited by the Mineralogical Society to be the 47th Hallimond Lecturer ( The nominee is invited to speak at a prominent annual meeting supported by the Mineralogical Society. Rosso will deliver the lecture at the European Mineralogical Conference in Italy this September. Read more at
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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has added “Collections” on Google+ to cover specific fields of PNNL research. We hope you check them out ... we hope you find them useful!
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That sweet, sweet smell after a rainstorm … Most of us think of that fresh scent as the aftereffect of rain rinsing the air of pollutants and dust. But it turns out that rain also triggers the release of particles from wet soils into the atmosphere. It’s a finding with consequences for modeling our planet’s climate and future. Learn more about this research at
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Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with ion soft-landing. This high-precision technique resulted in electrodes that could store a third more energy with twice the lifespan compared to those prepared by a conventional method. This method could eventually lead to cheaper, more powerful, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries. Read more at
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In observance of Memorial Day, PNNL is closed today. We’ll be open again tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31. Thank you.
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Great decision 
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PNNL scientists are playing a central role as the nation devotes more than $500 million to understand communities of microorganisms and their role in climate science, food production and human health. Read more at
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Try to understand what imported Bavarian beer does to microbes in human guts vs. what American beer does to the same microbes.
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In nature, DNA exists within a solution rife with electrostatically charged atoms or molecules called ions. A recent study led by PNNL researchers investigated a new model of how B-DNA, the form of DNA that predominates in cells, is influenced by the water-and-ions “atmosphere” around it. Learn more at
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Congratulations to Ghassem R. Asrar, a PNNL scientist and director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute. He was selected chair of the international European Research Area for Climate Services (ERA4CS) Experts Panel. Read more at
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Distributed energy resources, like renewable solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems, are part of the answer to a more diversified power supply. But, the interconnection application process for bringing these new resources online has proven inefficient for both utilities and the owners of these systems. A new software tool, called GridUnity™, helps utilities cut application review times from months to only one and a half hours. Learn more at
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At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists and engineers are transforming the world through scientific discovery and innovation.
Who we are: PNNL is a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory where interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers address many of America’s most pressing challenges in energy, the environment, and national security through advances in basic and applied science.

Mission: "We transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation."

Description: PNNL’s main campus is in Richland, Wash., where the majority of the Laboratory’s 4,300 staff work under an annual operating budget of about $1 billion. PNNL science & technology is strategically focused on inspiring and enabling the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely.

PNNL is acknowledged as having 10 core capabilities, ranging from the basic to applied sciences. They are:
  • Chemical and molecular sciences
  • Chemical engineering
  • Biological systems science
  • Climate change science
  • Environmental subsurface science
  • Applied materials science and engineering
  • Applied nuclear science and technology
  • Advanced computer science, visualization, and data
  • Systems engineering and integration, and
  • Large-scale user facilities and advanced instrumentation 

Each capability is a powerful combination of:
  • World-class technical staff
  • State-of-the-art equipment, and
  • Mission-ready facilities