Sticky organic molecules hop aboard oily floaters and may influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds
Released: August 15, 2016
Scientists used EMSL resources to study how sugar and fatty molecules from decaying microalgae near the ocean surface bind together and get sea-sprayed into the atmosphere, seeding marine clouds.
Naturally derived organic coatings on sulfate particles from fossil fuel combustion affect the formation of Secondary Organic Aerosols
Released: August 01, 2016
A better understanding of isoprene transformation in the atmosphere could improve climate and air quality.
Fast-growth cyanobacteria have allure for biofuel, chemical production
Released: August 01, 2016
A team of scientists used EMSL resources to study an ultra-robust, fast-growing, light-loving cyanobacteria whose unique properties could be useful for making economically viable biofuels and other bioproducts.
A photochemical process yields precisely controlled gold nanocrystals for industry
Released: July 29, 2016
New study reveals novel insights into molecular mechanisms driving the growth of gold nanocrystals.
PNNL-led, 5-year $50M effort seeks to almost triple energy stored in electric car batteries
Released: July 28, 2016
Led by PNNL and using EMSL capabilities, the Battery500 consortium is a multi-institutional partnership challenged with developing the most powerful next-generation lithium batteries for electric cars.
She will advise on the use and development of facilities
Released: July 27, 2016
Laboratory Fellow Ljiljana Paša-Tolić will join the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's users’ advisory subcommittee starting in January 2017.
Predictive understanding of molecular transformations central to energy and other science themes
Released: July 27, 2016
EMSL supplants its Energy Materials and Processes Science Theme with Molecular Transformations Science Theme for a greater focus on a predictive understanding of molecular transformations in biology and chemistry.
Genomic and proteomic analyses reveal diversity in carbon turnover and other degradation processes
Released: July 26, 2016
Genomic and proteomic analyses of multiple types of fungi reveal diversity of decomposition enzymes involved in carbon turnover and other degradation processes.
Researchers used diesel pollution to understand how soot forms ice in cirrus clouds
Released: July 25, 2016
A team of scientists used EMSL capabilities to study how altering diesel soot properties in the atmosphere affect ice crystal concentration observed in cirrus clouds.
Integration 2016 focuses on multiscale ecosystems analysis and design
Released: July 21, 2016
Make sure you register for Integration 2016 scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 at EMSL. The agenda includes a science meeting with keynote and plenary presentations and a workshop with tutorials on rhizosphere science challenges and recent innovations.
He will oversee EMSL's science vision for aerosol research
Released: July 13, 2016
EMSL leadership has appointed John Shilling Atmospheric Aerosol Systems Science Theme lead, a role he has held in an interim capacity.
New findings may improve predictions using decomposition models plus shed light on potential changes in protein activity
Released: July 12, 2016
A team of researchers conducted molecular dynamics simulations to determine how interactions with surfaces of five common soil minerals affect the structure of a small bacterial protein called Gb1.
Recognized for his research in energy and atmospheric materials
Released: July 12, 2016
EMSL has selected Manjula Nandasiri to receive the 2015 M.T. Thomas Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement. His research focuses on surface analysis of materials for catalysis, energy production and storage, and environmental and biological applications using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
Scientists show how water molecules add unwanted stability
Released: July 05, 2016
Scientists from PNNL and Technische Universität München used EMSL computational resources to discover how water interferes with two oxygen-removal paths of a zeolite catalyst by creating a highly stable intermediate, impacting the production of biofuels.
Using community-level data to reconstruct elusive multi-species metabolic networks
Released: July 01, 2016
Scientists use EMSL capabilities to help devise a new method to model and predict the metabolic interactions across species in microbial communities that could be used to better understand and improve the production of biofuels and biochemicals.
Ovarian cancer study focuses on proteins, cancer biology's key molecular players
Released: June 30, 2016
In what is believed to be the largest study of its kind, scientists at PNNL, Johns Hopkins University and other institutions used EMSL capabilities to analyze proteins in ovarian cancer tumors to help researchers identify the biological factors of ovarian cancer patients who suffer from the most malignant form of the disease.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: June 29, 2016
In this issue: A feature on four of EMSL's current postdocs and their research interests; articles on EMSL's new director, registration information for EMSL Integration 2016, two new PNNL Laboratory Fellows at EMSL and an EMSL scientist receives DOE Early Career funding; and science highlights.
Postdocs develop expertise in broad-reaching research and applicable techniques
Released: June 26, 2016
EMSL offers postdoctoral researchers, better known as postdocs, a unique opportunity to explore their personal research interests, collaborate with a community of users, assist an internationally recognized team of scientists, and enhance personal skills and expertise as they develop themselves for a career in the sciences. Four current EMSL...
Stahl to focus more on EMSL's biological sciences efforts
Released: June 22, 2016
Laboratory Fellow Lili Paša-Tolić will assume the role of interim chief scientist for the EMSL user program currently held by David Stahl, who will become the EMSL chief scientist for microbiology.
Researchers address DOE mesoscale sciences and bioimaging challenges
Released: June 16, 2016
An international research team using EMSL capabilities has developed a new technique that lets scientists study a cell membrane in unmatched detail and examine cell dynamics at the molecular level.
New research sheds light on variability of host responses to viral infection
Released: June 14, 2016
Researchers gained a better understanding of infection efficiency regulation in an emerging environmental Bacteroidetes virus model system.
Device an innovation for in situ studies
Released: June 14, 2016
EMSL scientist Zihua Zhu and a team of PNNL scientists recently received a patent for a device that allows imaging instruments to study liquid samples reacting in real-time and a realistic environment.
Carbon-rich nanorods exhibit unique behavior
Released: June 13, 2016
This is the first example of an inorganic nanomaterial adsorbing water at low humidity and releasing it at higher humidity; furthermore, this is believed to be the first experimental observation of confinement-mediated solvent cavitation in any nanomaterial.
Integration 2016 focuses on multiscale ecosystems analysis and design
Released: June 10, 2016
Register now for EMSL Integration 2016 to be held Sept. 12 and 13 at EMSL. This year’s meeting focuses on multiscale ecosystems analysis and design. Mary Firestone, University of California at Berkeley, is the keynote speaker. The agenda also includes plenary speakers, tutorials and more.
With mid-ocean hunger pangs, SAR 11 has two metabolic pathways ready for action
Released: June 09, 2016
An international team of scientists working at EMSL studied the metabolic strategies in the ocean bacterium Pelagibacterales, or SAR11, which account for a third of all microbes living on the surface of the world's oceans.
Fixing interior defects could lead to a more stable, efficient catalyst for biofuel production
Released: June 08, 2016
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL demonstrated how defects deep inside a zeolite catalyst could be fixed, allowing the catalyst to drive reactions in hot water, a common environment for materials involved in converting biomass into fuels.
She brings extensive experience addressing nation’s scientific challenges
Released: June 07, 2016
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Scientist Liyuan Liang has been appointed director of EMSL. She will join the user facility mid-summer.
Lab Fellow one of highest honors conferred by PNNL
Released: June 06, 2016
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently bestowed one of its highest honors on EMSL scientists Ljiljana Paša-Tolić and Timothy Scheibe by naming them Laboratory Fellows.
Researchers review factors that influence the scaling of subsurface reactions
Released: June 03, 2016
Geoscientists develop a comprehensive review of the factors that influence scaling geochemical and biogeochemical reactions, and using EMSL resources devised a mathematical formula that accurately scales different results.
Research team studying microbes' effects on climate, food production and human health
Released: June 01, 2016
EMSL scientist Ljiljana Paša-Tolić is part of a core group of researchers helping to lead a national effort to understand communities of microorganisms and their role in climate science, food production and human health.
Applications accepted until June 16
Released: May 27, 2016
The Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems science program at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) in Richland, WA has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research staff member. We are seeking a high-performing recently graduated Ph.D. scientist interested in conducting integrated experimental and modeling research in the area of...
Manganese oxides found in some minerals interact with proteins to release organic nitrogen compounds into soils
Released: May 27, 2016
A team of scientists characterized reactions of a model protein to understand how minerals interact with proteins to affect nitrogen availability in soil environments.
Precipitation events in agricultural areas and grasslands might be important contributors to cloud formation
Released: May 26, 2016
The findings suggest raindrop-induced formation of solid organic particles from soils may be a widespread phenomenon in ecosystems, such as agricultural systems and grasslands, where soils are exposed to strong, episodic precipitation events.
Understanding how methane forms could improve catalysts for fuel production
Released: May 20, 2016
The findings have broad applicability for developing technologies to make and activate methane for alternative fuel as well as reducing greenhouse gas warming.
Antimony fails to work inside a magnesium battery, but it's just what tin needs to store energy
Released: May 20, 2016
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL found the interface between antimony and tin stabilizes an alloy electrode in higher capacity magnesium batteries; this offers insights into the interface and adds to the scientific foundation necessary for new energy technologies.
Water droplets defy predictions, offering insights into fuel cells and cloud formation
Released: May 12, 2016
Scientists working at EMSL made a "stop action movie" showing tiny ice crystals melting and eventually wetting a platinum surface using a nanoscale technique they devised; the physics of wetting is crucial to making fuel cells and understanding cloud formation.
Studying how atmospheric aerosol particles form could improve climate models
Released: May 11, 2016
Findings suggest dicarboxylic acid homodimer complexes play an important role in promoting the formation and growth of atmospheric aerosol particles.
Direct imaging of two chemical processes shows reason behind material's collapse
Released: May 10, 2016
For the first time, a team of scientists using EMSL capabilities obtained an atomic view of two key processes in batteries as they are charged. This study offers new insights about the underlying principles involved in energy storage.
She oversees the user facility's communications activities
Released: May 09, 2016
Denice Bruce is EMSL's new communications lead effective May 2. She will direct the user facility's communications program.
Data acquisition time dramatically reduced and metabolite identification amplified
Released: May 09, 2016
Data acquisition time was dramatically reduced and metabolite identification amplified using new synthetic biology-based engineering method.
Program provides support to exceptional researchers
Released: May 04, 2016
DOE's Office of Science has named Kirsten Hofmockel, EMSL scientist, and 48 other scientists to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program.
Raindrop splash is a surprise source of fine soil particles in the atmosphere
Released: May 03, 2016
A team of scientists using the capabilities at three DOE user facilities study how rain triggers the release of particles from wet soils into the air, a finding with consequences for climate.
New way of building supercapacitor-battery electrodes eliminates interference
Released: May 03, 2016
A team of scientists improved hybrid battery materials using ion soft-landing. The technique produced better performing electrodes that could improve rechargeable batteries. The study was published in Nature Communications.
She will help support users’ mass spectrometry needs
Released: May 02, 2016
Mary Lipton has been named capability lead for EMSL’s mass spectrometry capability. She started in her new role on May 1.
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.