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Patients with coronary artery disease can potentially improve their recovery with a new drug eluting stent, MiStents SES®, a Micell Technologies product. The North Carolina-based company licensed a PNNL-developed process as a part of their broad technology platform to coat the stents with a thin layer of drug eluting material. This rapidly absorbable coating containing crystalline sirolimus is intended to precisely and consistently provide local drug delivery and limit polymer exposure, thereby potentially reducing the risks associated with other available drug-eluting stents. Micell Technologies announced that the MiStent SES will be commercially available in Europe and other select countries this year. The MiStent SES has received CE marking but is not approved in the U.S. or any other countries. Read more at http://bit.ly/1Adbn5W.
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Check out Transformations by the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at PNNL. The February edition explores the value of catalysis to the economy, society and science. Featured are the “top five things learned in the first five years of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at PNNL.” And our video series examines how molecules move, break and rejoin on the surface of a catalyst. Read and subscribe to Transformations at http://iic.pnnl.gov/news/Transformations/index.stm.

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As a member of the +U.S. Department of Energy's Data Science Centers, PNNL is working with a host of research partners using leading-edge microscopy facilities, computational modeling and federated data science capabilities to build productive environments for significant advancement and control of the synthesis and functionality of energy storage and conversion materials. These collaborative, multi-institutional environments are improving methods for collecting, analyzing and sharing big data and, most notably, are driving innovation in materials science. Learn more at http://www.pnnl.gov/science/highlights/highlight.asp?id=3917.
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PNNL is recruiting for dozens of career positions for scientists, engineers and business professionals. In Richland, Wash., we enjoy a high quality of life, low cost of living and rewarding careers. Follow our LinkedIn site at http://bit.ly/PNNL-LI and check out our LinkedIn Careers Page at http://bit.ly/PNNLJobs. Our mission is to transform the world; join our team!
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Minerals can require years to form … or take mere moments. To reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, scientists want to quickly transform the carbon dioxide into minerals and have those minerals last for thousands of years. PNNL scientists devised a way around the time constraint. They created a computational model that determines if and when minerals form. The model uses first principles, meaning it includes atomic properties and does not rely on estimates. Read more at http://www.pnnl.gov/science/highlights/highlight.asp?id=3901.

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From our friends at the +U.S. Department of Energy:

Do you have the next great idea to make ‪#‎solar‬ energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans? Join 700,000 coders and developers as our ‪#‎SunShot‬ Catalyst Prize competition kicks off a 60-day, largest-of-its-kind hackathon to quickly build prototype solutions and products that knock down barriers to greater solar ‪#‎energy‬ deployment. Learn more about the Catalyst Prize and our virtual hackathon: http://go.usa.gov/33sMW.
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Storing renewable energy in chemical bonds, such as between two hydrogen atoms, could turn wind, solar and other intermittent sources into sustainable ones. PNNL scientists recently elaborated on a strategy to map the catalytic route and can now explore design decisions with molecular catalysts that store or release energy. Read more at http://www.pnnl.gov/science/highlights/highlight.asp?id=3906.

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Congratulations to PNNL’s Dr. Richard Smith (http://www.pnl.gov/science/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=5832), who was featured in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. He was the focus for this issue, as well as an accompanying editorial, for his contributions to "Advancing High Performance Mass Spectrometry."  The editorial celebrates Smith's accomplishments as Battelle Fellow, Chief Scientist in the Biological Sciences Division, and Director of Proteomics Research at PNNL. He received the Society's 2013 Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry Award. Read more at https://www.pnnl.gov/science/highlights/highlight.asp?id=3900.

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Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery technology that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. PNNL’s new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications, uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. Read more at http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=4182.

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Dendrites – the microscopic, pin-like fibers that cause rechargeable batteries to short circuit – create fire hazards and can limit the ability of batteries to power our smart phones and store renewable energy. As described in Nature Communications, a new electrolyte for lithium batteries eliminates dendrites while also enabling batteries to be highly efficient and carry a large amount of electric current. Until now, batteries using other dendrite-limiting solutions haven't been able to maintain both high efficiencies and current densities. Read more at http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=4181.

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Check out the February issue of The Molecular Bond, a bi-monthly newsletter by the +Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL. This issue includes a feature about research on the catalytic properties of zeolites, the call for fiscal year 2016 proposals and 12 tips for a successful user proposal. Read more at http://www.emsl.pnnl.gov/emslweb/molecular-bond.

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Captured with the Helios Nanolab dual-beam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope at the +Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL, our December 2015 Science as Art calendar image illustrates how scientists are improving understanding of the rhizosphere, or plant root zone. This image shows the root structure of the Arabidopsis plant. Scientists believe learning more about the rhizosphere will help clarify environmental processes, and perhaps give rise to future climate and environmental solutions.
 
PNNL’s 12 monthly 2015 calendar images and stories behind them can be downloaded and used as a 2015 wallpaper calendar on desktop and laptop computers, or as background images on phones and other portable devices at http://www.pnnl.gov/publications/calendars/. To view more science images, visit PNNL's Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/pnnl/sets/.

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At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists and engineers are transforming the world through courageous discovery and innovation.
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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 $936 million. 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
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