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New chief scientist joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Lou Terminello to provide scientific leadership in Fundamental & Computational Sciences

August 28, 2009 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Louis Terminello, an authority on determining the atomic, electronic and chemical characteristics of materials used in nuclear, energy and other applications, has joined the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He will serve as chief scientist for Fundamental & Computational Sciences, providing leadership and guidance to researchers studying basic research in a wide range of disciplines.

PNNL's Fundamental & Computational Sciences include biological, atmospheric, chemical, materials, and computational sciences and mathematics. The scientists work across multiple disciplines to study the fundamental underpinnings of bacterial communities and human health, the climate, and key chemical processes in energy and the environment. Terminello's many years of experience include not just research, but bringing people together to meet the DOE's goals.

"Lou is a highly respected scientist and is very good at developing research programs that meet our clients' needs," said Doug Ray, director of Fundamental & Computational Sciences at PNNL. "He will help us refine our vision for the really important science we should be conducting and the tools and expertise we need to develop to get there."

Terminello comes to PNNL from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. There he held leadership positions since 1995, most recently serving as the Deputy Associate Director for Programs. He has a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Chemistry

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