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Released: April 28, 2016
In this issue: A feature on how the Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science, or FICUS, program is enhancing user studies at EMSL and DOE JGI; articles on the dedication ceremony for the 21T mass spectrometer, EMSL Integration 2016, JMR Paper of the Year now a video, EMSL scientist named a principal editor of JMR and special issue...
Dual collaborations using EMSL and DOE JGI to speed and amplify research impact
Released: April 28, 2016
The EMSL and Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute annual collaborative call for proposals known as Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science, or FICUS, program helps researchers generate datasets unique to the two facilities, but beyond what could be generated by either facility by itself. FICUS is enhancing a variety of...
New insights into lipid metabolism in yeast could benefit biofuel production
Released: April 25, 2016
A team of researchers studied metabolic pathways that regulate lipid accumulation in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. Their findings could improve lipid yields and enhance the efficiency of biofuel production.
Renewable energy storage possible thanks to chemical conversions
Released: April 22, 2016
Scientists working at EMSL and PNNL discover why zinc-manganese batteries stop working after a few charges and how to fix the problem. The findings could make zinc-manganese oxide batteries a more viable solution for large-scale energy storage.
Study unravels a bacterium's protein pathways to digesting tough cellulose
Released: April 21, 2016
Scientists doing some of their research at EMSL found a bacterium in the rumen of cows and other herbivores may hold the key to breaking down cellulose in plant matter, opening the way to clean-energy biofuels.
The secret is to stay at the right temperature
Released: April 20, 2016
A team of scientists working at EMSL cracked the secret to growing clean, ultra-thin layers of molybdenum trioxide, or α-MoO3, with potential use in smart windows, lithium-ion batteries, LEDs and biosensors.
Award recognizes six years of hard work and dedication
Released: April 18, 2016
DOE recently presented its Achievement Award to the Office of Science's High Resolution and Mass Accuracy Capability Development Project that led to the development of EMSL's 21T FTICR mass spectrometer.
Unique capability enables researchers to identify molecules involved in processes related to biology, environment and energy
Released: April 14, 2016
Officials and scientists gathered on April 14 at EMSL to celebrate the science that will be made possible by the 21T mass spectrometer, which is available for use by scientists around the world.
Released: April 12, 2016
EMSL's annual science meeting, EMSL Integration 2016: Multiscale Ecosystems Analysis & Design, will be held Sept. 12-13 at EMSL in Richland, Wash.
Will have a strong influence on the quality of the journal
Released: April 12, 2016
EMSL Scientist Chongmin Wang will be a principal editor for the Journal of Materials Research, a premier materials science journal serving the materials research community.
Video is a vivid summary of in situ TEM battery research
Released: April 08, 2016
EMSL Scientist Chongmin Wang’s 2015 Journal of Materials Research Paper of the Year is now a video showing in situ TEM studies of rechargeable batteries under dynamic operating conditions.
Scientists explore climate impact as rivers ebb and flow
Released: April 08, 2016
A research team uses EMSL expertise and capabilities to study microbial activity near rivers and discovers rising river waters lead to increases in microbial activity and greenhouse gas emissions. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.
New study shows how the choice of electrolyte can cause high-capacity batteries to quickly fade
Released: April 07, 2016
Through the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, scientists at PNNL and EMSL using EMSL capabilities discovered how the right salt in lithium-sulfur batteries helps them hold a charge longer and developed design principles for creating long-lasting, high-capacity batteries.
New method preserves sea spray aerosols for studying their natural structure
Released: April 06, 2016
Sea spray aerosols are a highly complex mixture of sea salt and organic components that are generated through wave action and bubble bursting where the air and the sea meet. Obtaining detailed information about the structure and composition of these aerosols is crucial for understanding their role in cloud formation and their influence on climate...
Strongest titanium alloy aims at improving vehicle fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions
Released: April 05, 2016
For the first time, a team of scientists working at EMSL were able to see and manipulate the nanostructure of a titanium alloy to make it stronger. The improved material could help make automobiles lighter, more fuel efficient and less polluting. The findings could also lead to the creation of other high-strength alloys.  
New insights into chemical bonding and structure from biology to materials
Released: April 04, 2016
New techniques devised by scientists at EMSL, the University of Washington, University of California at Irvine and the University of Minnesota and using EMSL's NWChem let researchers query materials in an excited state; the results provide insights into transformations of value to everything from plant photosynthesis to biofuel production.
New approach enables atomic-scale analysis in soft biological materials
Released: April 01, 2016
Researchers developed a new specimen preparation approach to examine the chemical identity and 3-D position of atoms in soft biological materials. An extension of this new technique can further enhance the study of organic and inorganic materials and nanoparticles relevant to energy and the environment.
Scientists find the temperature at which glass becomes a liquid
Released: March 23, 2016
PNNL scientists working at EMSL make an important discovery about how glass forms, which has implications for pharmaceuticals and nuclear waste storage.
A less common form of uranium may hold key to remediation efforts
Released: March 22, 2016
A recent study examined in unprecedented detail the structural and thermodynamic properties of U(v) containing compounds that could improve computer models and strategies for minimizing the environmental impact of uranium contamination.
Special edition highlights surface analysis methods
Released: March 22, 2016
The special issue of Microscopy Today edited by EMSL Science Theme Lead Don Baer is available online. The special edition focuses on surface analysis and features articles co-written by EMSL scientists and users at University of Washington.
Results from 17-year ‘soil transplant’ a caution for scientists
Released: March 15, 2016
Scientists at PNNL, EMSL and Washington State University determined microbes in soil may not be as adaptable to climate change as previously thought based on a 17-year study recently published in PLOS One.
New composite material could be useful for energy applications
Released: March 10, 2016
An international team of scientists working at EMSL and the Advance Photon Source created a new composite material that combines a metal-organic framework with an iron-rich molecule to selectively trap oxygen for fuel cells and other industrial processes.    
Scientists gain insights into aerosol properties near the North American coast
Released: March 09, 2016
A scientific team led by PNNL and using EMSL, ARM Climate Research Facility Mobile Facility and ARM Aerial Facility gained insights into previously unknown aerosol properties along the North American coast off Cape Cod.
Released: March 07, 2016
EMSL’s annual user meeting will be held Sept. 12-13 at EMSL in Richland, Wash. The 2016 meeting takes a holistic view of the terrestrial carbon, nutrient and hydrologic coupled cycles including exchange and transformations between the atmosphere, plant, microbe and soil components at molecular to ecosystem scales.
An innovative property with promise in the energy conversion and storage
Released: March 03, 2016
An international team of scientists combine two oxide materials to create a designer interface that drives reactions that could yield hydrogen fuel, essentially converting intermittent solar power into durable fuels.
M.T. Thomas Award call for applications now open
Released: March 01, 2016
Nominations are due April 29 for the M.T. Thomas Award acknowledging outstanding accomplishments by postdoctoral fellows who conducted their research at EMSL.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: March 01, 2016
In this issue: A feature on the research at EMSL on solid/liquid interface and solvent mediated processes that cross all four of EMSL’s Science Themes; articles on the approaching deadline for JGI-EMSL Letters of Intent, NWChem 6.6 released, EMSL scientist authors JMR Paper of the Year, scientists develop a "vitamin mimic" for microbes and...
Interfacial surface studies span EMSL’s science themes
Released: February 29, 2016
Solid-liquid interface studies have a long history at EMSL. The insights gained from this research spans across all four of EMSL’s Science Themes in areas including terrestrial ecosystems, energy materials, aerosols and biological systems. With improved understanding of interfacial events, scientists working at EMSL have developed more predictive...
Cobalt catalyst ideal for producing hydrogen through steam reforming biomass-derived ethylene glycol
Released: February 23, 2016
Study could lead to the development of more efficient strategies to produce hydrogen from bio-derived aqueous phases as an environmentally friendly strategy to power diverse energy needs.
Combining scientific resources for greater scientific impact
Released: February 23, 2016
Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science, or FICUS, is the new program name for the DOE JGI and EMSL collaborative science initiative that enables scientists to more easily integrate the expertise and capabilities of multiple DOE BER-stewarded user facilities into their research.
Low temperature and humidity slow down photochemical reactions
Released: February 22, 2016
Sunlight plays a major role in degrading toxic pollutants in atmospheric particles. This is the first study to investigate the effect of viscosity on photochemical reactions inside realistic models of atmospheric particles.
Research team taps EMSL, DOE JGI to harness promising fungi found in manure
Released: February 19, 2016
A team of researchers from five institutions report in the journal Science that fungi found in the guts of goats, horses and sheep could potentially lead to cheaper biofuel and bio-based products.
Special edition highlights surface analysis methods
Released: February 18, 2016
Laboratory Fellow and EMSL Science Theme Lead Don Baer is the guest editor of a special issue of Microscopy Today focused on surface analysis and features three articles co-written by EMSL scientists and users at University of Washington.
How to write a successful proposal
Released: February 17, 2016
If you missed EMSL Science Theme Lead Don Baer’s “Working with EMSL: FY 2017 call for proposals” seminar on Feb. 12, his PowerPoint presentation is available online.
Soot particles deform after forming cloud ice and droplets, challenging climate models
Released: February 15, 2016
A team of EMSL and other researchers found using EMSL capabilities that irregular, chemically complex soot particles transform under different atmospheric conditions, affecting their ability to absorb and scatter sunlight. The findings are important for climate modeling.
Paper recognized for excellence in advancing materials knowledge
Released: February 11, 2016
Journal of Materials Research chooses EMSL Staff Scientist Chongmin Wang’s retrospective and perspective article as its 2015 Paper of the Year.
Join us Feb. 12 at noon PST
Released: February 08, 2016
If you’re interested in submitting a proposal or learning more about the annual call for EMSL’s Science Theme Research proposals, don’t miss “Working with EMSL: FY 2017 call for proposals” seminar.
Team asked to share expertise in special issue of Analytical Chemistry
Released: February 05, 2016
Scientists Julia Laskin and Ingela Lanekoff draw on expertise gained at EMSL to summarize key developments and applications of ambient ionization techniques based on liquid extraction used in mass spectrometry imaging.
Proposals should address specific selected topics
Released: February 04, 2016
EMSL’s call for fiscal year 2017 proposals for Science Theme Research closes Feb. 29 at 11 p.m. PST.
Identifying factors that contribute to cell-to-cell variability in lipid production
Released: February 01, 2016
A team of scientists investigated origins of culture diversity during lipid production and assessed the fermentation microenvironment at the single-cell level for better understanding of bioprocess limitations.
Recognized for an outstanding advance in materials characterization
Released: February 01, 2016
EMSL Scientist Chongmin Wang and two peers have been named to receive the Materials Research Society’s 2016 Innovation in Materials Characterization Award.
Scientists track 'vitamin mimics' in bacteria
Released: January 26, 2016
Scientists have developed a "vitamin mimic" they can track and measure in living cells. Their research offers new insights into the functioning of microbes, which are useful for the study of the carbon and nutrient cycle and development of new fuels.
Combined approach used to investigate photophysics of green fluorescent protein
Released: January 15, 2016
A team of scientists using EMSL resources better understand the underlying physics of the fluorescent behavior of GFP. Scientists will be able to further exploit it as an essential tool for unraveling molecular-level details of processes in molecular biology and genetics.
Novel approach uses salt-based sensor
Released: January 13, 2016
A recent study reported a new approach that uses highly selective platinum salt for rapid and accurate detection and quantification of TcO4- in groundwater.
Simulation surprise reinforces value of reality checks
Released: January 08, 2016
Researchers at PNNL and University of Washington used measurements from a large-area survey of observed soot in snow and computational resources at EMSL to understand the simulated amount and sources in snowpack.
Two opportunities for research projects announced
Released: January 06, 2016
EMSL’s call for fiscal year 2017 proposals opened Jan. 5 and offers two opportunities for submitting research projects: Science Theme Research and JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science.
EMSL releases the latest version of its open-source computational chemistry software suite
Released: January 04, 2016
EMSL has released version 6.6 of NWChem, its premier open-source computational chemistry software. This latest release offers several novel capabilities to model molecular systems and processes. NWChem allows researchers to tackle large complex and challenging molecular-scale scientific problems.
Some microbes adapt to Yellowstone’s hot springs
Released: December 29, 2015
Researchers recently isolated an Archaeal species called Pyrobaculum yellowstonensis from Joseph’s Coat Hot Spring and related its physiological features to geochemical processes occurring in its natural environment. The results provide an important foundation for developing an understanding of the distribution and function of these microbial...
Better control of a chromium sidekick makes earth-abundant iron work better in solar panels
Released: December 28, 2015
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington doing some of their research at EMSL created a new material that quickly separates electrons and their holes, providing a key insight for solar fuel production.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: December 21, 2015
A feature on the sea spray aerosol research being done at EMSL; articles on a joint call using EMSL and ARM capabilities, EMSL scientists earning R&D 100 awards, Lee Ann McCue being named MSC capability lead and Allison Campbell being elected president-elect of ACS; and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of...
Scientists discover surprising differences in genomes of microbial communities
Released: December 21, 2015
A team of scientists using EMSL and DOE Joint Genome Institute resources to study blue-green algae communities were able to collect near-complete genomic information for the microbial members. The researchers made two surprising discoveries about microdiversity that could have a major impact on understanding how microbial communities function.
Released: December 21, 2015
Oceans cover much of the planet and are major contributors to atmospheric aerosols in the form of sea spray particles. Despite their abundance and significance, sea spray aerosols are not well understood. Researchers at EMSL are learning more about these aerosols and their role in cloud formation to better account for them in climate models.
Improving climate models by understanding brown carbon chemistry
Released: December 16, 2015
A recent study sheds light on how brown carbon aerosol absorbs solar radiation in the atmosphere. The findings could lead to more accurate predictions of the impact of brown carbon on climate.
Proposals accepted until Feb. 1
Released: December 09, 2015
EMSL and ARM launch a pilot call for proposals for research in focused topics in atmospheric aerosol science that take advantage of capabilities at both facilities.
Dust particle surface reshaped during atmospheric passage, altering ice-forming ability
Released: December 08, 2015
Researchers at PNNL, EMSL and University of Wyoming found that when miniscule particles of airborne dust are modified by pollution, they change cloud properties via ice crystal number concentration and ice water content.
Massive dataset improves access to information on environmentally important microbes
Released: December 07, 2015
Scientists at PNNL and EMSL released more than 35,000 files related to a decade of research on microbial species. The files describe more than 100 microbial species, and the scientists hope to promote wider use of this important resource.
She will help support users’ computational needs
Released: December 01, 2015
Lee Ann McCue has been named capability lead for EMSL’s Molecular Science Computing Scientific Consulting. She started on Dec. 1.
Methane emissions dramatically reduced compared to common rice
Released: November 24, 2015
Popular Science magazine names the research that produced a new strain of rice that creates much less methane during its growth as a top science development of 2015. Christer Jansson, director of plant sciences at EMSL, led the research team.
The energy hills and valleys involved in turning electrons into fuel
Released: November 23, 2015
Scientists at PNNL modeled every elementary step in the complicated mechanism of producing hydrogen from renewable sources using three supercomputers, including EMSL’s.
Harnessing energy from microbial mats for biotechnology
Released: November 20, 2015
A recent study suggests it is possible to electrochemically regulate the structure, community composition and activities of phototrophic communities for biotechnology applications.  
Award honors innovative scientific and technological breakthroughs
Released: November 16, 2015
Two technologies developed by researchers at EMSL were named to the prestigious R&D 100 list of top technologies by R&D Magazine on Nov. 13.
New study gets to buried interfaces without digging
Released: November 16, 2015
Scientists at PNNL ran computer simulations at EMSL and elsewhere and found water molecules in the right spot can lead to carbon sequestering mineral formation in minutes. The approach has implications for carbon sequestration as well as energy storage, manufacturing and water purification.
Applications accepted until Dec. 11
Released: November 11, 2015
EMSL will be accepting applications for its William Wiley Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship until Dec. 11. The fellowship is open to high-performing, newly graduated Ph.D. scientists who have the potential to become full-time scientific staff at EMSL.
Researchers use risk analysis and modeled climate change to assess fire risk
Released: November 11, 2015
Researchers found California extreme fire-risk days up to six-times higher by century's end if greenhouse gases aren't cut based on a fire risk index and a global climate model and using computing facilities at EMSL.
Scientists find a surprise in how Cyanothece creates hydrogen
Released: November 11, 2015
A team of scientists at PNNL and EMSL using EMSL resources found Cyanothece, a blue-green algae, uses sunlight and water directly to make hydrogen, a renewable energy. The team’s results were published in Scientific Reports.
Scientists can now study samples under industrial conditions
Released: November 10, 2015
PNNL scientists working at EMSL developed an analytical tool that enables the study of samples under extreme conditions for characterizing materials for carbon sequestration and  developing solid catalysts to produce biofuels.  
Using a robust microfluidic system for visualizing cellular dynamics
Released: November 09, 2015
A recent study introduced a novel microfluidic system capable of precisely controlling the chemical environment around cells. This approach provided new insights into cellular dynamics such as cell growth, environmental sensing and communication with broad applications in biofuel production and also bioenergy, biotechnology, and medicine.
National consortium described in Science
Released: November 09, 2015
Ljiljana Paša-Tolic, EMSL scientist, is a member of the Unified Microbiome Initiative Consortium proposing an interdisciplinary program to learn more about how the microbiome functions and its properties.
She will lead world's largest scientific society
Released: November 03, 2015
Allison Campbell, PNNL ALD and former EMSL director, has been selected president-elect of the American Chemical Society.
Characterizing functional proteomes from microbial systems
Released: November 03, 2015
Researchers are literally taking their science onward and upward using Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry (MS). The 21 Tesla FT-ICR MS at EMSL enables efficient characterization of proteins two to four times larger than presently attainable, allowing them to tackle previously intractable, larger questions related...
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: October 23, 2015
In this issue: A feature on the biological and environmental systems research being conducted in EMSL’s Quiet Wing; articles about Kirsten Hofmockel being named lead scientist for Integrative Research, Wiley postdoc fellowship nominations now being accepted and Galya Orr is named an inspiring woman in STEM; and science highlights. Read these...
Released: October 22, 2015
Scientists are advancing the understanding of biological and environmental systems by conducting at least part of their research in EMSL’s Quiet Wing, one of the most advanced quiet laboratories in the world for high-resolution imaging capabilities. Scientists are using this facility for a wide range of research areas, including to study bacteria...
Thawing permafrost may not worsen climate change
Released: October 20, 2015
A recent study characterized the chemical composition of dissolved organic matter drained from different depths in permafrost soils. Researchers studied these compositional differences to see which ones were susceptible to biological degradation.
Applications are due Nov. 14
Released: October 16, 2015
EMSL is accepting applications for the William Wiley Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship through Nov. 14. The fellowship is open to high-performing, newly graduated Ph.D. scientists who have the potential to become full-time scientific staff at EMSL.
She will oversee EMSL’s Integrative Research
Released: October 14, 2015
EMSL has selected Kirsten Hofmockel, an environmental biologist, to serve as lead scientist for Integrative Research to develop cross-cutting research studies across spanning EMSL’s science themes.
Studying the diel cycle gives rise to new hypotheses
Released: October 13, 2015
An international team of scientists used EMSL resources to better understand the effect sunlight or its absence has on the production of chemicals used as metabolites in microbial mats in hot springs. The findings can help efforts to use microbes to produce biochemicals and bioenergy.
Ensuring a smooth transition at EMSL
Released: October 07, 2015
Harvey Bolton and John Shilling are holding interim leadership roles at EMSL. Bolton is interim EMSL director and Shilling is interim lead for EMSL’s Atmospheric Aerosol Systems Science Theme.
Honoree presents research done at EMSL
Released: October 01, 2015
Arnab Dutta received EMSL’s 2014 M.T. Thomas Award at a recognition ceremony Sept. 30. He also presented a seminar on his research on bio-inspired molecular catalysts. 
National Science Foundation grant continues important research
Released: September 30, 2015
EMSL Scientist Galya Orr is a co-PI at the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology that recently received a National Science Foundation Phase 2 grant. The center’s goal is to use fundamental chemistry to enable the development of nanotechnology in a sustainable manner.
Study shows how particles heat up and color the haze over megacities
Released: September 29, 2015
Scientists working at EMSL determined that high concentrations of nitrogen oxides help create the heat-trapping brown haze over megacities, providing new insights to help develop higher accuracy climate and atmospheric models.
Platinum can be an efficient fuel cell catalyst
Released: September 28, 2015
Researchers developed a new class of catalysts by putting essentially all of the platinum atoms on the surface material and minimized the use of atoms in the core, thereby increasing the utilization efficiency of precious metals for fuel cells.
Molecular understanding sheds light on soil processes
Released: September 23, 2015
Calcium and other cations play an important molecular-scale role in determining the structure and behavior of large natural organic matter aggregates commonly found in nature.
Better understanding could improve remediation
Released: September 22, 2015
A recent study explored the earliest stages of UO2 oxidation under conditions relevant to oxidation mechanisms in nature. This information could be used to help improve safety systems and cleanup technologies at mine sites, nuclear reactors and waste sites.
User meeting poster session an opportunity to share research
Released: September 21, 2015
The winners of EMSL's annual meeting student poster competition are: first place-Venkateshkumar Prabhakaran, PNNL; second place–Ashleigh Schwarz, EMSL; third place-Ashish Bhattarai, Washington State University.
Clusters funnel atoms to create oxygen pools that benefit biofuels, fuel cells and sensors
Released: September 18, 2015
For the first time, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Karl-Frazens University working at EMSL clearly saw oxygen spillover, a phenomenon of interest to catalyst designers.
She is recognized with a national honor by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
Released: September 18, 2015
Galya Orr, EMSL scientist and capability lead, is the recipient of a 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education.
Integration 2015 explores advanced batteries and catalysis research
Released: September 04, 2015
The registration deadline for “EMSL Integration 2015: Energy Materials and Processes for Advanced Batteries and Catalysis” has been extended until Sept. 10. The annual meeting will be held Sept. 15-17 and focuses on advanced batteries and catalysis research at the molecular level.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: September 03, 2015
In this issue, a feature on research at EMSL to improve woody biomass deconstruction for the production of biofuels and biochemicals; articles about a variety of rice developed by an EMSL scientist that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, a reminder about EMSL’s upcoming user meeting, Dutta named 2014 M.T. Thomas Award recipient, Kelly on editorial...
Meeting the challenge of creating sustainable bioproducts from lignin
Released: September 02, 2015
Researchers are looking for more effective ways to get at all the carbon in biomass to create more energy and biochemicals. However, a lot of the carbon is in lignin – support tissues in plants, which makes up about a third of the biomass. International teams of scientists are utilizing EMSL’s expertise and capabilities to better understand how...
How to improve soil carbon models
Released: September 01, 2015
By providing key recommendations for reducing uncertainties in terrestrial biosphere models, a recent study paves the way for accurate estimates of global soil carbon dynamics. This research could improve our understanding of the impact of environmental changes on soil carbon storage and residence time.
Released: September 01, 2015
EMSL Director Allison Campbell talks with EMSL scientist Bingbing Wang about his career path to EMSL and his atmospheric science research into ice nucleation of atmospheric particles.
Imaging the nanoscale world inside a battery
Released: August 25, 2015
A recent study provides the first demonstration of the ability to quantitatively measure changes in element distribution in cathode materials at the sub-nanometer scale spatial resolution. It will help guide efforts to design Li-ion battery materials with prolonged lifetimes.
Honored for his scientific progress and research of bio-inspired molecular catalysts
Released: August 20, 2015
EMSL has selected Arnab Dutta to receive the 2014 M.T. Thomas Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement. He will be honored at a ceremony Sept. 30 starting at 3:30 p.m. in the EMSL Auditorium. He will make a presentation on his research at that time and a reception will follow.
Optimizing biofuel production in yeast
Released: August 17, 2015
By identifying and characterizing major pathways involved in lipid accumulation in a promising yeast species, a recent study sets the stage to engineer these organisms to maximize the yield of carbon-based products and successfully transition to a biofuel-based energy system.
Specialized crystalline films revealed to be highly conductive and transparent
Released: August 17, 2015
The development of high-performance transparent conducting oxides is critical to technologies ranging from flat panel displays to solar cells. An international team of scientists used EMSL expertise and capabilities to develop a new perovskite film that conducts electricity more effectively than previous materials.
New design parameters could help make coatings and products more efficiently
Released: August 14, 2015
Catalysts made from oxides of vanadium could last longer than other catalysts and speed up manufacturing processes, especially if scientists can learn more about how they function. In this study, scientists using EMSL capabilities visualized and identified the most active individual sites on the surface of supported vanadium oxide catalysts.
Released: August 04, 2015
EMSL director Allison Campbell talks with EMSL scientist Kim Hixson about her research in plant science.
Rejecting random diffusion radically alters understanding of corrosion
Released: July 31, 2015
Under certain conditions, oxygen corrodes nuclear fuel rods, creating problems during routine operations and emergency situations. Scientists using EMSL expertise and resources discovered that corrosion follows a different path in fuel rod's uranium dioxide.
Discovery delivers high starch content, virtually no methane emissions
Released: July 29, 2015
Rice – the staple for half the world’s population – now can be grown with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions and more starch for a richer food source and biomass for energy production, according to a study in Nature.
3-D imaging of biofilms shows interactions of cells, structure and environment
Released: July 13, 2015
Scientists are closer to understanding how biofilms grow and interact with the surfaces they colonize thanks to microfluidic reactor developed by a team of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL scientists working at EMSL. The instrument produced the first 3-D images of live biofilms using EMSL instrumentation.

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