Welcome to the Fundamental & Computational Sciences website.
I hope you take the opportunity to explore it and learn about the outstanding people, capabilities and scientific research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
—Doug Ray, Associate Lab Director
"We strive to make progress on today's important scientific challenges."
Uncovering Global Effects of Clouds on Climate
Multi-scale model provides global view of Asian pollution impacts on Pacific storm track
Scientists from Texas A&M and PNNL provided a first-time global perspective of the impacts of Asian pollution on the Pacific storm track and subsequent weather. They found that a unique modeling technique developed at PNNL allowed them to understand the global scale effect of tiny pollution particles to strengthen storm clouds and rain.
Several Faces of Physics Become One
Water moves through multifaceted physical boundaries. This poses a
significant challenge for scientists who must simulate water flow across many
domains. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conquered
this barrier by merging different physical laws. Their new approach can
describe any type of water flow in soils and the terrestrial ecosystem, in soil
pores, streams, lakes, rivers and oceans, and in mixed media of pores and
solids for soil and aquifer. The versatile properties of the new approach allow
cross-domain simulation of water flow at different scales. The research was published
in the Soil Science Society of America
New multiscale model unifies physical laws of water flow to span all scales
Li-S Batteries Last Longer with Nanomaterial-Packed Cathode
Metal organic framework captures troubling polysulfides that usually cause battery failure
Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a metal organic framework or MOF. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory added the MOF to the battery's cathode to capture problematic polysulfides that usually cause lithium-sulfur batteries to fail after a few charges.