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  • Leung and Lercher

    Two PNNL researchers elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering

    Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Ruby Leung and Johannes Lercher are among the 106 new members elected worldwide to the 2017 class.

  • Artistic representation of chemical map of switchable ionic liquid

    The First Map of Switchable Liquids

    Dr. Xiao-Ying Yu at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and her colleagues drew the first chemical map of a popular solvent, known as a switchable ionic liquid, or SWIL. They discovered distinct regions in the SWILs, even when the chemistry said it should be homogeneous.

  • Bond-Lamberty

    Networking Science to Improve Soil Organic Matter Management Opportunities

    Soil organic matter (SOC) is one of the largest actively cycling carbon (C) reservoirs, and direct human activities impact over 75 percent of C stocks in the upper meter of soil. Members of the International Soil Carbon Network provide a perspective, published Oct. 5 in Global Change Biology, on improvements that could help quantify potential losses of SOC or its sequestration.

  • DVT

    Song Named IEEE Computer Society Early Career Honoree

    Congratulations to Shuaiwen Leon Song, from PNNL’s HPC group, who was named a recipient of IEEE Computer Society’s 2017 Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in High Performance Computing. Song will receive the award during this year’s International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, known as SC17, in Denver.

Our researchers advance the frontiers of science to study, predict, and engineer complex adaptive systems related to Earth, energy, and security. Our investigations inhabit every scale. We study the vast whirl of aerosol-laden clouds; the complex shoreline interfaces of land and sea; the mysterious microbiomes that teem just beneath the Earth’s surface; and the myriad of molecules busy on surfaces just angstroms wide.

We investigate elemental chemical and physical processes, including new catalysts that speed up the efficiency of renewable fuels. We study climate system dynamics to predict the effects of climate change. We design and synthesize the functional and structural materials of the future, including robust metal foils thinner than a human hair.

We are proud to host two unique DOE user facilities. EMSL facilitates molecular-level investigations into the physical, chemical, and biological processes that underlie the Earth’s most critical environmental issues. ARM provides a setting for climate research and instrumentation development, and is strengthened by streaming data from a worldwide complex of sensing stations.

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