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 4,700 staff work under an annual operating budget of nearly $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