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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.
New device lets scientists take images of lithium battery as it works and recharges
Released: March 24, 2015
A team of scientists doing some of their research at EMSL designed and implemented an operando electrochemical stage that could help in the development of a longer lasting, safer lithium battery. The small device is used with an aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope to gain an atomic-level understanding of what happens inside a...
Mapping redox switches in cyanobacteria advances use as biofuel
Released: March 23, 2015
Scientists from EMSL, PNNL and Washington University in St. Louis doing some of their research at EMSL studied the role redox plays in cyanobacteria. Redox can affect the efficiency of the organisms’ biofuel and biochemical production.
Identifies gaps to be filled to quantify brown carbon's impact on environment, climate
Released: March 19, 2015
Brown carbon is an important contributor to air pollution and climate change. A recently published comprehensive review article focusing on atmospheric chemistry of this aerosol paves the way for more accurate climate models as well as strategies to curb negative effects.
Developing an authoritative collection of soil science articles
Released: March 17, 2015
Nancy Hess is a member of the editorial advisory board for the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Soil Science. She will help in the development of the reference book by suggesting articles and authors, and reviewing submissions.
M. T. Thomas Award call for applications now open
Released: March 12, 2015
Nominations are due April 30 for the M. T. Thomas Award acknowledging outstanding accomplishments by postdoctoral fellows who conducted their research at EMSL.
Enhancing mesoscale computational capabilities in NWChem
Released: March 10, 2015
EMSL has chosen Computational Scientist Jacek Jakowski of JICS and NICS as a 2015 EMSL Wiley Visiting Scientist. He will work with EMSL scientists to develop density functional tight binding in NWChem open-source software.
Converting carbon monoxide in fuel cells with a gold catalyst hinges on one ion
Released: March 09, 2015
Led by scientists at PNNL and using EMSL computational resources, a new study in Nature Communications highlights single-atom catalysis to oxidize carbon monoxide. This new understanding could improve the efficiency and reduce the costs of catalysts.
Recorded March 4
Released: March 04, 2015
Watch the March 4 Google hangout on the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative Call and hear from scientists already working with both EMSL and DOE JGI.
Smaller, cheaper battery's energy density exceeds other flow batteries
Released: March 02, 2015
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory using EMSL capabilities develop a new zinc-polyiodide flow battery with a high energy density, which reduces its size and cost and makes it well suited to store energy in densely populated cities.
A new approach shows the molecular consequences of detours to getting lost
Released: February 27, 2015
Storing renewable energy in chemical bonds could turn wind, solar and other intermittent sources into sustainable ones. Scientists using EMSL computational resources develop an approach to designing specialized catalysts for storing energy.
Bacteria breathe metals in different ways
Released: February 27, 2015
A recent proteomics study sheds light on metal reduction pathways in key microbial species, paving the way for future widespread use for bioremediation efforts.
Study looks at phosphorous cycling in Chesapeake Bay
Released: February 24, 2015
Findings by a team of scientists, including two from EMSL, studying phosphorous cycling in the Chesapeake Bay are published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Join us March 4 at 10 a.m. PST
Released: February 24, 2015
If you’re interested in submitting a letter of intent or learning more about the DOE JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative Call for Proposals, don’t miss the LIVE Google+ Hangout on March 4.
New model could be vital to creating cleaner energy
Released: February 23, 2015
Scientists are studying ways to transform the carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plant emissions into carbonate for long-term underground storage. To better understand the transformation process, researchers using EMSL resources developed a computational model that determines if and when minerals form and impact of the environment and time.
Study reveals how organic aerosols evaporate
Released: February 20, 2015
A study examining the effect of relative humidity on evaporation kinetics of secondary organic aerosol particles provides fundamental information needed to properly represent these particles in atmospheric air quality and climate models.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: February 18, 2015
In this issue, a feature about research on the catalytic properties of zeolites being done at EMSL, the call for fiscal year 2016 proposals, 12 tips for a successful user proposal, EMSL named an Intel® Parallel Computing Center and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.
New high resolution mass accuracy MS capability closer to first output
Released: February 17, 2015
EMSL’s new 21 Tesla mass spectrometer is at its full magnetic field strength. When fully operational the system will allow new discoveries in advanced biofuels, microbial community dynamics, environmental organic matter analysis and aerosol characterization.
EMSL users find new ways to probe centuries-old catalysts
Released: February 16, 2015
Zeolites have been used for decades as catalysts and in other industrial applications, but the molecular transformations occurring within the porous material is not well understood. Scientists are using EMSL’s staff expertise and advanced instrumentation to gain an atomic-level understanding of these materials to improve energy production and...
Strain has highest growth rate to date of any cyanobacteria
Released: February 06, 2015
Researchers identified a novel cyanobacterial strain that grows rapidly and is amenable to genetic manipulation—qualities that make this organism suitable for a wide range of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering applications.
Released: February 03, 2015
EMSL director Allison Campbell talks with Harvey Bolton during this month's iDirector.
Three members re-elected, three new members added
Released: February 03, 2015
Committee chairs have announced the EMSL User Executive Committee’s election results. The UEC represents the needs and views of the users to the EMSL director.
SALVI allows analysis of liquid surfaces and liquid-solid interfaces
Released: February 02, 2015
A team of scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory working at EMSL received a 2015 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for SALVI, short for System for Analysis at the Liquid Vacuum Interface. The device allows solid-liquid interface observation while imaging with mass spectrometers or scanning electron microscopes.
Examining the information content in nanoscale chemical images
Released: January 28, 2015
Scientists working at EMSL study the interaction between molecules and trapped light waves on a metal surface. The findings could lead to breakthroughs in characterizing new materials for catalysis and energy conversion.
Project goal to modernize NWChem
Released: January 23, 2015
Intel recently named EMSL an Intel® Parallel Computing Center. As an Intel® PCC, EMSL’s scientific computing team will work with Intel to modernize the codes of NWChem to take advantage of technological advancements in computers.
A dozen ways to stand out in a competitive process
Released: January 22, 2015
EMSL’s call for fiscal year 2016 proposals opened Jan. 7. As access to EMSL capabilities becomes more competitive, it’s important to make sure your submission stands out. Here are 12 suggestions to improve your proposal.  
He is being honored for his research and capability development
Released: January 16, 2015
The American Physical Society Council has elected EMSL’s Don Baer a 2015 Division of Chemical Physics Fellow for his exceptional contributions to physics. He will be honored at the division meeting in March.
Deep sequencing gives insights into mechanisms of microbial interactions
Released: January 15, 2015
A team of scientists used EMSL capabilities and expertise to study the physiological basis for the interspecies interactions of two bacteria. The results have implications for bioenergy, carbon sequestration and bioremediation.
He brings a research focus in biology and biogeochemistry
Released: January 14, 2015
John Cliff has joined EMSL as a lead scientist and steward of the NanoSIMS. His duties include development and implementation of techniques for chemical imaging and isotopic characterizations of environmental samples using secondary ion mass spectrometry.  
Long-term performance possible for rechargeable batteries
Released: January 13, 2015
Lithium (Li) metal has long been considered one of the most attractive anode materials, but large-scale application of high-energy rechargeable Li metal batteries is limited by the growth of harmful deposits called Li dendrites. A recent study evaluated the effect of an electrolyte additive that suppresses Li dendrite formation on Li metal...
Scientific collaboration at EMSL featured in local newspaper
Released: January 12, 2015
PNNL Director Mike Kluse highlights EMSL’s commitment to scientific collaboration to drive innovation in biology, energy, environment and national security research in a recent newspaper column.
Marine particles alter their structure and possibly change the atmosphere
Released: January 12, 2015
A team of scientists using EMSL and other capabilities found marine particles coated with organic chemicals and exposed to environmental changes create glass-like organic salts. The findings will help improve computational models.  
Released: January 07, 2015
EMSL director Allison Campbell talks with Jared Shaw and Lili Pasa-Tolic about the new 21T magnet and progress on HRMAC.
Two proposal opportunities announced
Released: January 07, 2015
EMSL’s call for fiscal year 2016 proposals opened Jan. 7 and offers two opportunities for submitting research projects: Science Theme Research and JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative.
Model simultaneously simulates flow in surface water and groundwater
Released: January 07, 2015
This study presents a unified multiscale model that uses a single set of equations to simultaneously simulate hydrological processes in an ecosystem containing both surface water and groundwater.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: December 23, 2014
In this issue, a feature on research being done in EMSL’s Radiochemistry Annex; articles on Don Baer being named AVS trustee, Galya Orr joining an editorial advisory board and arrival of the 21-T mass spec magnet; and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.
Understanding the chemical fate and transport of radionuclides
Released: December 23, 2014
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Washington State University and Savannah River National Laboratory are among the principal investigators seeking innovative solutions to environmental and energy production challenges in subsurface science. They are also among the scientists who submitted applications to the Special Science...
Reducing the optical band gap of strontium titanate thin films
Released: December 19, 2014
Scientists are studying strontium titanate to turn sunlight into fuel through solar hydrolysis, splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules with visible light. Using EMSL resources, researchers have been able to reduce the optical band gap to show strontium titanate holds potential for solar hydrolysis and possibly oxide-based solar cells...
New insight into energy storage
Released: December 17, 2014
PNNL and EMSL scientists working at EMSL determined that negatively charged ions, or anions, do not lose their charge when softly landed, in contrast to the behavior of positive ions. This research has implications for next generation electrochemical energy storage and flash memory devices.
First study of its kind to analyze complex microbial community
Released: December 16, 2014
This study revealed the structure and function of a complex cellulose-degrading microbial community, which could lead to greater use of plant biomass for biofuel production.
Broad use possible for lithium-silicon batteries
Released: December 09, 2014
By providing critical guidance on coating designs for improving the performance of silicon anodes, these findings could enable the development of silicon-based anode materials that enhance capacity, power and cycle life, paving the way for widespread adoption of lithium ion batteries for applications such as powering electric vehicles and storing...
Application date extended to Dec. 28
Released: December 07, 2014
EMSL is accepting applications for the 2015 Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems Postdoctoral Appointment through Dec. 28. The fellowship is open to high-performing newly graduated, junior Ph.D. scientists interested in improving the representation of terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth system models.
New study of soot could improve climate models
Released: December 03, 2014
By providing a more complete understanding of the chemical nature of soot particles, this research could ultimately lead to improved climate model representations of anthropogenic soot’s chemical and physical properties, greater insight into the role of soot in cloud formation, and cleaner aviation engines through more accurate soot models.
For a new high resolution mass accuracy MS capability
Released: December 01, 2014
Researchers will soon be able to have the highest clarity molecular characterization of complex systems with the arrival of the magnet for EMSL’s new 21 Tesla mass spectrometer. The magnet weighs 22 tons.
Released: November 25, 2014
Intel recently interviewed several experimental and computational scientists at EMSL for a video about high performance computing and NWChem, EMSL’s open-source computational chemistry software.
Microbial ecology and engineering processes
Released: November 21, 2014
CO2 injected in deep subsurface environments likely causes shifts in the microbial community and could improve overall efficiency of CO2 sequestration.
Popular aluminum oxide created by interlacing different crystal forms
Released: November 20, 2014
A team of scientists using experimental and computational capabilities at EMSL obtained an atomically resolved view of delta alumina. Their findings could help improve the speed and efficiency of industrial processes using alumina as a catalyst and a catalytic support.
Enzyme insights may help agriculture, biofuels
Released: November 20, 2014
A new study reveals novel insights into enzymes important for genome stability and gene regulation related to plant development that could enhance sustainable agriculture and biofuel production.
She joins an esteemed international group of scientists
Released: November 17, 2014
EMSL Senior Research Scientist and Capability Lead Galya Orr has been selected to be on the editorial advisory board of Chemical Research in Toxicology, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the chemical basis of toxic responses.
A new member of the society’s Scholarship and Awards Committee
Released: November 13, 2014
AVS membership has elected EMSL Science Theme Lead Don Baer a trustee on the society’s Scholarship and Awards Committee.
Reduced variation among models should improve precision
Released: November 04, 2014
Two studies looked at sources of variation among climate-carbon models to more precisely project changes in the carbon cycle and predict long-term climate changes.
Applications now due by Nov. 14
Released: November 03, 2014
EMSL has extended the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 William Wiley Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship through Nov. 14. The fellowship is open to high-performing newly graduated, junior Ph.D. scientists who have the potential to become full-time scientific staff at EMSL.

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