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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 of his 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 is 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.
Meetings focus on biological, microbial and materials research
Released: July 07, 2015
Registration continues for three EMSL-sponsored science meetings – “Electron Microscopy for Biological, Environmental, and Energy Research (EMBEER) Symposium,” “Multi-omics for Microbiomes Conference” and “EMSL Integration 2015: Energy Materials and Processes for Advanced Batteries and Catalysis.”
3-D images give clues to extending catalyst life
Released: July 06, 2015
An international team of scientists used EMSL expertise and capabilities to locate aluminum clusters responsible for the shutdown of catalytic activity in zeolites, a material used by industry to produce fuel and other chemicals.
Released: July 02, 2015
EMSL Director Allison Campbell talks with Alice about her science background and her research investigations of microbes and their environments using electron microscopy.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: June 29, 2015
In this issue, features on the biofuel, carbon cycling and aerosol research being made possible by EMSL's new 21Tesla mass spectrometer, and the successful collaboration between a PNNL TAP company and an EMSL microscopy scientist; articles about NWChem named a CAAR project, registration announced for three EMSL-sponsored conferences and Yan named...
On the forefront of understanding molecular-level science in the natural environment
Released: June 26, 2015
Researchers studying a broad spectrum of science, including biofuel production processes, climate effects on carbon cycling in the soil and carbon transformations in the atmosphere, will soon have access to EMSL’s new 21 Tesla Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance, or 21T FTICR, mass spectrometer. Proposed in 2008 by a group of scientists...
EMSL expertise and capabilities propel a startup to success
Released: June 26, 2015
Consultant Ben Cook needed to see the nanoscale structure of a geopolymer, a green technology used to rehabilitate infrastructure. He contacted Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Technology Assistance Program and was paired with EMSL’s Bruce Arey and the advanced imaging capabilities at EMSL. Using scanning electron microscopy, Arey provided...
He is being recognized for his battery materials research
Released: June 24, 2015
Former PNNL postdoc Meng Gu is the recipient of the Microscopy Society of America’s 2015 Albert Crewe Award for his contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis, and his outstanding work on the discovery of nickel segregation in battery materials.  
He will be an editorial board member in the journal’s chemistry area
Released: June 23, 2015
Ryan Kelly, EMSL senior research scientist, will be an editorial board member for Scientific Reports, a peer-reviewed open access journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature.
Study reveals larger climate impact from burning vegetation emissions
Released: June 22, 2015
New research by a team of scientists using multiple computational resources finds burning biomass and biofuel is the largest source of particle-making vapors in the atmosphere. The discovery translates to an order-of-magnitude change in the impact of secondary organic aerosols on the Earth's energy balance.
He brings an international reputation in molecular microbial ecology
Released: June 17, 2015
EMSL has selected David Stahl, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, to serve as chief scientist for its user program. One of his duties will be to build user communities in EMSL’s Science Theme research areas. His research interest is the application of molecular microbial ecology to environmental...
Phosphorus recycling in estuary dead zones
Released: June 15, 2015
A recent study that revealed a predominant pathway of phosphorus cycling in the mid-Chesapeake Bay could be useful for developing strategies to enhance water quality in this vital fishery ecosystem.
Released: June 08, 2015
Dr. Arun Devaraj, a material scientist at EMSL, explains his studies of sea salt particles and how they impact climate as they come off with ocean wave spray into the atmosphere. He uses atom probe tomography to study sea salt at a three-dimensional atomic level.
A new conference hosted by EMSL and the Chemical Imaging Initiative at PNNL
Released: June 04, 2015
Registration is now open for the “Electron Microscopy for Biological, Environmental, and Energy Research Symposium” to be held on July 29-30 at EMSL in Richland, Wash. Organized by the Chemical Imaging Initiative and EMSL at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, EMBEER focuses on recent developments in instrumentation and methods utilizing...
The goal is to optimize NWChem to run on next-generation supercomputers
Released: June 02, 2015
The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility has chosen EMSL’s NWChem to be part of its Center for Accelerated Application Readiness program to optimize the computational chemistry software to run on next-generation supercomputers.
Released: June 01, 2015
EMSL Director Allison Campbell interviews EMSL Senior Research Scientist Mark Engelhard about his time at EMSL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the benefits of his involvement in professional societies.
An EMSL co-sponsored three-day multi-omics conference
Released: June 01, 2015
Registration is now open for the “Multi-omics for Microbiomes Conference” to be held Sept. 14-16 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. The conference is being sponsored by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL.
Volcanic ash proves inefficient cloud ice maker
Released: May 27, 2015
Did a 2010 Icelandic volcano's ash plume dramatically change clouds? Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL found volcanic ash is not as efficient as common dust in forming cloud ice particles. Including the findings in climate and weather forecast models will provide new insight for precipitation and climate change.
First-time study sheds light on soil processes
Released: May 26, 2015
A recent study compared for the first time the molecular composition of soil organic matter from different ecosystems using ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry. By shedding new light on soil processes, the study could lead to more accurate predictions of future climate scenarios modeled at the regional and global scales.
Integration 2015 explores advanced batteries and catalysis research
Released: May 21, 2015
Registration is open for “EMSL Integration 2015: Energy Materials and Processes for Advanced Batteries and Catalysis,” The annual meeting will be held Sept. 15-17 and focuses on advanced batteries and catalysis research at the molecular level and is open to users and non-users.
Years of SOA results reduce uncertainty in climate projections
Released: May 15, 2015
  A team of scientists led by PNNL’s Alla Zelenyuk corrected 20 years of incorrect assumptions about secondary organic aerosols, or SOA, with the help of SPLAT II, a custom-built second generation single particle mass spectrometer housed at EMSL.    
Released: May 14, 2015
EMSL Director Allison Campbell talks with EMSL Scientist Nancy Washton about her research interests and results from user projects in RadEMSL, a year after the facility opened.
He is being recognized for his paper on lithium-ion battery research
Released: May 12, 2015
Pengfei Yan, an EMSL postdoctoral scientist, has received a 2015 M&M Post-Doctoral Researcher Award from the Microscopy Society of America for his research paper on lithium-ion batteries.  
Building unique materials for studies in energy production and storage
Released: May 04, 2015
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists working at EMSL developed a new soft landing instrument that precisely controls the deposition of mass-selected ions and cuts the time to create designer surfaces or structures. The novel mesoscale structures are used for fundamental studies in energy production and storage.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: April 23, 2015
In this issue, features on EMSL’s soil organic matter research and Special Science Call projects; articles about royalties from analytical innovations, a postdoctoral position, brown carbon studies, and honors; and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.
23 high-impact research proposals accepted
Released: April 22, 2015
EMSL’s Special Science Call for Proposals ran from mid-April through September and generated 23 accepted studies. The call challenged prospective users to submit high-impact research projects that took advantage of EMSL’s technical resources including RadEMSL, the Quiet Wing microscopy and NanoSIMS capabilities, and HRMAC. The research associated...
EMSL scientists develop new methods to dig deeper into soil organic matter
Released: April 22, 2015
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Soil is critical for food production and climate regulation. It’s a complex underground ecosystem of organisms that process decaying debris to enrich the land as well as store and release carbon into the atmosphere. However, human activity and changing climate are...
First complete genomes reveal role in global carbon cycle
Released: April 17, 2015
Researchers reconstructed the first complete genomes for Archaea, a domain of single-celled microorganisms, using cultivation-independent methods, revealing these organisms play a key role in the global carbon cycle.
Nontoxic solution could cut water use for enhanced geothermal systems
Released: April 17, 2015
Scientists used EMSL resources to study a new environmentally friendly reservoir stimulation fluid developed at PNNL. The fluid improves geothermal power production and could reduce the amount of water needed for enhanced geothermal systems.
Exploring advanced batteries and catalysis research
Released: April 16, 2015
Titled “Integration 2015: Energy Materials and Processes for Advanced Batteries and Catalysis,” EMSL’s annual meeting will be Sept. 15-17. This year’s meeting focuses on advanced batteries and catalysis research at the molecular level and is open to users and non-users.
Creating two-metal particles as substitutes for platinum catalysts
Released: April 15, 2015
Replacing some or all of the platinum in fuel cells with common metals in a reactive, highly tunable nanoparticle form may expand fuel cell use. Working at EMSL, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL created reactive nanoparticles using a new technique combined with ion soft landing.
Carbonate minerals could remediate contaminated groundwater
Released: April 14, 2015
Researchers found a potential remediation strategy for environmental contamination — reduce the transport of highly soluble pentavalent Np [Np(V)] by inducing co-precipitation of Np(V) actinyl ions into low-temperature mineral structures that form naturally in the subsurface.
Systems approach suggests alterations in stability of cells and tissue
Released: April 06, 2015
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory doing some of their research at EMSL are trying to understand the effects of low-dose radiation exposure on human skin tissue. Their results are important for protecting the population and environment from potentially harmful effects of increased radiation exposures.
Advances enhance performance of mass spectrometers
Released: April 06, 2015
A suite of analytical innovations used to detect and measure very low levels of compounds and elements has topped $10 million in licensing income for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its operator Battelle. The technologies were developed at PNNL and EMSL.
Applications accepted until May 19
Released: April 01, 2015
EMSL is accepting applications through May 19 for its Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems Postdoctoral Appointment. The fellowship is open to high-performing recently graduated Ph.D. scientists interested in conducting integrated experimental and modeling research in belowground terrestrial carbon cycle processes.
Expanding the impact of pore-scale simulations
Released: March 31, 2015
By bridging the gap between small and large spatial scales, the simulation method could pave the way for more accurate assessments of the risk of groundwater contamination and the development of more effective remediation strategies.
Enhancing microbial lipid production
Released: March 30, 2015
By revealing a novel molecular pathway involved in microbial lipid accumulation in the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides, this study could lead to strategies for engineering microbes to increase the production of lipid biofuels and chemicals.
Atoms crowd and abandon catalyst's internal channel surfaces, changing its ability to drive reactions
Released: March 27, 2015
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory using EMSL resources studied H-Beta zeolite, an aluminum- and silicon-based catalyst. H-Beta and other zeolites show promise in the production of biofuels. The study was featured on the cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

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