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Catalysis expert and Battelle Fellow Johannes Lercher is one of six researchers selected to receive a 2016 Eni Award, an international benchmark for research in the field of energy and the environment. He serves as both Director of PNNL's Institute for Integrated Catalysis and as a Professor at the Technische Universität München (Germany). Lercher’s cited body of work addresses the need to lower the carbon footprint and understand the shifting nature of biofuel feedstocks by developing radically new pathways to synthesize energy carriers and chemical intermediates. Read more at http://goo.gl/Qm4t8H.
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In the first study of its kind, scientists developed a novel model seeking a more intricate look at what happens during the final stages of nuclear fission. Using the model, they determined that fission fragments remain connected far longer than expected before the daughter nuclei split apart. This work provides a long-awaited description of real-time fission dynamics within a microscopic framework, opening a pathway to a theoretical method with abundant predictive power. Read more at http://goo.gl/HMVvnG.
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“Vitrification.” It’s a word used to describe the process in which a material is transformed into glass. In terms of waste treatment, the vitrification process melts a special mix of silica with radioactive waste, which then hardens into a solid glass log. An important question: How will the glass deteriorate over thousands of years? To help answer that question, scientist are looking to old – really old – glass from the Bronze Age. Read more about this research at http://goo.gl/L6aoiX.
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Congestion on transmission lines worsens when atypical power demand patterns hit the grid. Abnormal spikes in demand or renewable energy coming online must squeeze into the existing transfer limits. PNNL and its partners are using high-performance computing to develop a “real-time path rating” software tool that allows operators to complete all required simulations of the transmission path ratings within minutes, instead of hours. Read more at http://goo.gl/RYsge2.
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Scientists at PNNL demonstrated how any research-grade optical microscope could be used to record spectrally resolved optical images. They replaced a standard 2D camera of an optical microscope with a 3D "hyperspectral" detector. The resulting instrument was then used to record spatially and spectrally resolved dark field optical images of hundreds of silver nanoparticles in a matter of about 30 seconds. The technique can be used to study live cells, biological specimens, engineered metallic substrates with unique optical properties and atmospheric nanoparticles. Learn more about the impact of this work at http://goo.gl/CYyGRO.
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To help prepare for climate change impacts, the U.S. Government publishes comprehensive reports on the science of climate change. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the appointment of new members to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (http://go.usa.gov/x3cEQ). Chairing this 15-member committee will be PNNL Senior Scientist Richard Moss. Read more at http://goo.gl/VjitaE.
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Researchers from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL, Washington State University, Duke University Medical Center and Miami University developed a new technique to dramatically reduce data acquisition time and amplify metabolite identification. The research team used a new synthetic biology-based engineering method. Learn more at https://goo.gl/N4zvIW.
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In what is believed to be the largest study of its kind, scientists at PNNL, Johns Hopkins University and collaborators from institutions across the nation have examined the collections of proteins in the tumors of 169 ovarian cancer patients to identify critical proteins present in their tumors. By integrating their findings about the collection of proteins (the proteome) with information already known about the tumors' genetic data (the genome), the investigators report the potential for new insights into the progress of the most malignant form of the disease. Read more about this research: http://goo.gl/71mIVL; watch our video: https://youtu.be/eLJGepkGLdY.
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Saving energy and money through innovation … PNNL researchers are developing new technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce in energy consumption. This work not only saves money, but reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the fossil fuels that still provide much of our nation's power. Read more in PNNL Director Steven Ashby’s monthly column at http://goo.gl/FzEHa1.
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Materials scientists have created a new material that performs like a cell membrane found in nature. Referred to as a lipid-like peptoid, the material can assemble itself into a sheet thinner, but more stable, than a soap bubble. These nature-inspired synthetic membranes could be used in applications as varied as water purification, energy, and healthcare. Read more at http://goo.gl/e1VstX.
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Following nature’s lead, PNNL scientists demonstrated that stored renewable energy can be interconverted efficiently and inexpensively by mimicking enzymatic catalysts used in biological processes. This new catalyst actually performs best in water and at temperatures and acidities remarkably similar to conditions found in hydrogen fuel cells. Learn more at http://goo.gl/8fo47j.
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A U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, PNNL is located in Richland, Washington and employs more than 4,400. With an annual operating budget of nearly $1 billion, PNNL has been operated by Battelle since its inception in 1965. Over the years, the Lab’s discoveries have led to improving daily lives and include:

  • Making air travel safer

  • Ensuring lights turn on because of a more reliable electric grid

  • Enabling car engines to run cleaner and more efficiently

  • Securing U.S. ports of entry in the U.S. and around the globe.

You can learn more about PNNL at www.pnnl.gov/discoveryinaction