Scientists discover the energy differences behind green fluorescent protein’s glow
Released: September 12, 2014
A team of scientists used EMSL capabilities to determine the energy level of the excited state of the molecule solely responsible for the fluorescence in green fluorescent proteins, or GFPs. Their results are critical to researchers using and altering GFP’s in biological and energy sciences, including the production of bio-based fuels.
New semiconducting material works at lower temperatures
Released: September 10, 2014
Scientists at EMSL and PNNL have generated the semiconducting SrCrO2.8 material that allows oxygen to efficiently move through it at relatively low temperatures. The material could lead to more efficient solid oxide fuel cells. The findings were reported in Nature Communications.
New insights into atmospheric ice formation could improve climate models
Released: September 08, 2014
Understanding the formation of ice crystals in the atmosphere could improve the accuracy of climate models. A new study with Stony Brook University and Advanced Light Source scientists reveals the abundance of a given type of particle in the atmosphere can play a stronger role in ice formation than the particle-specific ice-nucleation propensity...
Designing controlled, reproducible experiments in an in situ liquid stage
Released: September 08, 2014
Scientists at EMSL, PNNL and University of California at Davis demonstrated that when using in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy and scanning TEM to probe nanomaterials the choice of electron beam energy has a strong influence that goes beyond merely increasing the concentration of reducing radicals.
Released: September 05, 2014
In this issue, you can read about EMSL’s interdisciplinary team science that includes research by EMSL users Himadri Pakrasi, Colleen Hansel and Michelle O'Malley, as well as new work by EMSL's Kim Hixson on bioengineering biomass. Other stories include: DOE JGI/EMSL collaborative science projects, EMSL scientist part of a team receiving an R...
Multi-omics unlocking the workings of plants
Released: September 04, 2014
Biomass could be the renewable fuel source to help the United States achieve energy independence. EMSL Scientist Kim Hixson is using a simple model plant and multi-omics capabilities to better understand more complex plants with a goal of bioengineering better biomass feedstock.
EMSL assembles teams to power innovation
Released: September 04, 2014
Dr. William R. Wiley advocated team-based research campaigns long before he proposed a molecular science center that would become EMSL. Today, EMSL continues Wiley’s legacy of encouraging interdisciplinary teams of researchers to tackle complex scientific questions. In addition, EMSL’s collaborative research campaigns with national laboratories...
EMSL selects Gordon and Ferrieri as distinguished postdoctoral fellows
Released: September 03, 2014
Lyle Gordon and Abigail Ferrieri are recipients of 2014 William R. Wiley Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. This is only the second time two fellows have been named in the same year to receive this honor. At EMSL, Gordon will support the microscopy group, and Ferrieri will support the mass spectrometry group.
Released: September 03, 2014
EMSL director Allison Campbell talks with EMSL scientist Alex Laskin about his research in EMSL's Atmospheric Aerosol Systems Science Theme area.
Breaking down differences in modeling soil water
Released: September 02, 2014
Scientists found important aspects of water’s movement over the surface and through the subsurface have consequences for carbon cycle modeling using EMSL computing capabilities. Water runoff can affect soil moisture and soil temperature, ultimately affecting the amount of carbon “locked” into plants.
Researchers collaborate to see particles in real time in their native environment
Released: August 29, 2014
Scientists need to know how nanoparticles behave in healthy and diseased cell fluids in order to develop particles that drop tumor-destroying metals or designer drugs into affected cells. Scientists are using capabilities from several facilities, including EMSL, to generate clear images of how the particles behave in liquids.
Recognized for her service to the society
Released: August 25, 2014
The Microscopy Society of America recognized EMSL Senior Research Scientist Alice Dohnalkova for her years of service to the society at its recent annual meeting.
Findings provide scientific principles to speed up biofuel development
Released: August 21, 2014
  Researchers have determined how water and related liquids can slow down key chemical reactions that turn bio-oil into gasoline or diesel by performing simulations using resources in EMSL. The findings reported online at the Journal of the American Chemical Society show the underlying principles can be applied to other biofuel processes...
Honoree presents research
Released: August 20, 2014
Ernesto Nakayasu received EMSL’s 2013 M.T. Thomas Award at a recognition ceremony Aug. 19. He also presented his research on protein degradation in biological systems.  
Lercher and Peden selected as Wiley Research Fellows
Released: August 19, 2014
EMSL has named Johannes Lercher and Charles H.F. Peden as Wiley Research Fellows in recognition of the role they will play in EMSL’s Energy Materials & Processes Science Theme, and their proven record of generating highly impactful science.
New approach pinpoints locations in simple zeolite catalysts
Released: August 14, 2014
Industry uses zeolites as an ion exchange material and solid acid to catalyze chemical reactions, including tuning biomass into fuel. Scientists at PNNL and Swiss Light Source used several methods to determine the distribution of aluminum ions in zeolites.
Kramer to study soil carbon characterization
Released: August 12, 2014
EMSL has selected Marc Kramer as a 2014 Wiley Visiting Scientist. An associate professor of environmental pedology and biogeochemistry at the University of Florida, he will conduct fundamental research on terrestrial and subsurface ecosystem processes while at EMSL.  
Promising remediation strategy
Released: August 08, 2014
Technetium-99 is a common radioactive contaminant in groundwater at nuclear waste reprocessing sites. This study examines ways iron and sulfide promote long-term, stable sequestration of technetium for environmental restoration.
Mass spectrometry technique leads to answers about cells interaction
Released: August 07, 2014
Scientists at PNNL and Oregon Health & Science University working at EMSL designed a new approach to accurately establish the spatial location of molecules during mass spectrometry imaging of biological samples. The new technique offers information for cost-effective production of biofuels and pharmaceuticals.
Combining DOE JGI/EMSL resources for greater scientific understanding
Released: August 06, 2014
The DOE Joint Genome Institute and EMSL have approved a dozen projects submitted for the call for Collaborative Science Initiative proposals. These projects represent an excellent cross-section of research in biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and biofuel/bioproduct production.
Better bimetallic catalysts for fuel and chemical industries
Released: August 03, 2014
Platinum-cobalt nanoparticles are used as catalysts to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into carbon fuels and in the operation of low-temperature fuel cells. Researchers directly observed real-time changes of platinum-cobalt nanoparticles in operating conditions using transmission electron microscopy at EMSL.
A joint meeting in conjunction with PREMIER Network
Released: July 28, 2014
A joint symposium and tutorials organized by the Pacific Northwest AVS Science and Technology Society and Pooled Resources for Electron Microscopy Informatics Education and Research, or PREMIER, Network, will be held Sept. 16-19 at EMSL in Richland, Wash.
Honored for his Postdoctoral achievements
Released: July 23, 2014
EMSL has selected Ernesto Nakayasu to receive the 2013 M.T. Thomas Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement. He will be honored at a ceremony Aug. 19 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.
Identified projects meant to accelerate research
Released: July 22, 2014
Researchers attended the first Science Slam on July 21 to learn more about EMSL’s Leadership Science Acceleration projects – short-term research projects relevant to EMSL’s new science themes and science leadership areas.
He is being honored for outstanding scientific achievement and leadership
Released: July 21, 2014
Washington State Academy of Sciences’ membership has elected EMSL Chief Scientist Don Baer as a member of the academy for his outstanding scientific achievement and leadership. He will be inducted into the academy in September.
He will oversee Multiscale Modeling and High Performance Computing
Released: July 17, 2014
Tim Scheibe has been selected as lead scientist for EMSL’s Multiscale Modeling and High Performance Computing. In this role he will develop and implement a science strategy for multiscale modeling and high performance computing, including attracting high-quality staff and an active user community.
Researchers make liquid analysis breakthrough
Released: July 11, 2014
A team of scientists working at EMSL developed a first-of-a-kind invention that solves the problem of analyzing liquid surfaces or liquid-solid interfaces, and they’ve received an R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine. The device improves the study of cell growth, biofilms, and electron transfer in microbial communities and batteries.
Research hones pore-scale models
Released: July 11, 2014
Scientists from multiple institutions honed numerical models on data created at EMSL for more accurate pore-scale predictions.
Increasing battery’s storage capacity could allow devices to run longer
Released: July 09, 2014
A research team has developed a sponge-like silicon nanomaterial to replace the graphite electrode in lithium-ion batteries that could help them run longer on a single charge by giving the electrode the space it needs to expand without breaking.
In the top 1 percent in his field for number of citations per paper
Released: July 07, 2014
Alex Guenther, EMSL’s Atmospheric Aerosol Systems Science Theme lead and a PNNL Laboratory Fellow, is impacting the atmospheric science community and has the science and journal citations to prove it.
Released: July 03, 2014
EMSL Director Allison Campbell interviews Malak Tfaily, a postdoc in EMSL's Mass Spectrometry group. Tfaily is EMSL’s first postdoctoral researcher funded by DOE-BER’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Science program. Watch the video.    
Leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens give bioenergy-relevant information
Released: July 02, 2014
Researchers studied nutrient turnover in the gardens of leaf-cutter ants using metabolomic and metaproteomic techniques at EMSL. The findings, published in Environmental Microbiology Report, could lead to improved technologies to convert cellulosic biomass to biofuels and other advanced bioproducts.
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: June 30, 2014
In this issue, a feature on aerosol research at EMSL, a reminder about the Special Science Call for Proposals, Plant Sciences director named, a DOE-funded imaging pilot program, EMSL at NUFO’s science expo and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.
Designing new ways to probe these particles for more accurate climate models
Released: June 30, 2014
Understanding the creation and lifecycle of aerosol particles and their role in cloud formation is central to improving climate models. Scientists recently gathered at EMSL to discuss ways to more accurately chronicle the lives of these aerosols in the lab and the field. New and existing sophisticated instruments are helping to provide scientists...
Interpretation will crack the microbial language code
Released: June 27, 2014
In the environment, microbes often communicate with each other using small molecules. Ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptides produced by microbes represent a rapidly growing class of metabolites that are involved in microbial communication.
Material drives reactions that destroy nitrogen oxides in vehicle emissions
Released: June 23, 2014
Congratulations to PNNL and EMSL researchers on being highly cited authors for 2012-2013 in the Journal of Catalysis for their work done at EMSL on how high temperatures change the reactivity of certain copper-containing zeolite catalysts.
Small-scale cloud processes improve projections
Released: June 19, 2014
Predicting the types of clouds over the ocean is critical for climate projections, but current climate models lack high spatial resolution. This study examines the impact of low spatial resolution on modeling the transition from stratocumulus clouds to cumulus clouds.
Scientists demonstrate biofuel and lightweight alloy research
Released: June 17, 2014
EMSL joined with other national user facilities at the 4th annual congressional science expo organized by NUFO on June 10 in Washington, D.C. Representing EMSL with demonstrations were Kristyn Roscioli and Arun Devaraj.
Iron-reducing bacteria could detoxify chromium
Released: June 17, 2014
This study sheds light on the poorly understood process by which iron-reducing bacteria reduce ferric iron in clay minerals, resulting in ferrous iron that could then immobilize and detoxify chromium.
Newly discovered mechanism could regulate gene activity
Released: June 17, 2014
This study reveals that bacterial genes called mraZ and mraW work in opposing ways to control cell growth and division, and that mraZ encodes a transcription factor that binds DNA to potentially regulate the activity of many other genes.
DOE-funded pilot program will create mesoscale biological imaging platform
Released: June 11, 2014
EMSL received first-year funding of almost $1M from the DOE Office of Science for a pilot program to develop imaging approaches to understand how microbes sense and respond to their environment on the molecular to cellular scale. EMSL Scientist James Evans will lead the multi-institutional project team.
Paša-Tolic a major contributor to top down proteomics special issue
Released: June 04, 2014
A special issue of Proteomics highlighted EMSL’s top down proteomics expertise. The journal featured Ljiljana Paša-Tolic, EMSL’s lead scientist for mass spectroscopy, who co-edited the special issue, co-authored the publication’s editorial and contributed to three of the research articles. Other EMSL and PNNL researchers also contributed to the...
Subgrid modeling pinpoints cloud transformation to uncover true reflective power
Released: May 29, 2014
PNNL scientists used EMSL computational capabilities to reveal the impact of subgrid radiation variability of marine clouds and determine its overall impact for the Earth's energy balance.
Faster, more sensitive, more effective alternative for probing reversible modifications
Released: May 26, 2014
Reduction-oxidation, or "redox," regulation is essential for many biological processes. Using a commercially available resin, PNNL researchers working at EMSL developed an innovative, efficient method for enriching and quantitatively analyzing several post-translational modifications of cysteine residues.
"Microecosystems" used to study producer-consumer networks in microbial mats
Released: May 13, 2014
EMSL and PNNL scientists isolated two bacterial consortia from a microbial mat in a lake. The team used EMSL and DOE JGI capabilities to characterize each consortia’s membership and interactions. The findings are a step toward using these organisms in global carbon and energy cycling applications.
His research centers on bioengineering of plants and cyanobacteria
Released: May 11, 2014
Christer Jansson has been selected as director for Plant Sciences at EMSL. He will lead the development of a vision and strategy for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL in plant sciences and bioenergy. Jansson will join EMSL later this summer.
Scientists discover catalytic channel to produce ammonia, vital for food and fuel crops
Released: May 08, 2014
Scientists from Utah State University and PNNL used EMSL’s supercomputer to simulate how the nitrogenase enzyme turns nitrogen into ammonia. The discovery could lead to a more efficient process to produce ammonia that is used in fertilizer.
Fine-tuning cloud models for improved climate predictions
Released: May 04, 2014
Arctic clouds are widespread and play an important role in climate, but different models have produced widely varying predictions about the properties of these clouds. A new study analyzes simulations of Arctic clouds by 11 different models and identifies the key factor responsible for the variable predictions.
EMSL's bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: April 29, 2014
In this issue, a feature on the subsurface research at EMSL, a Q&A with Nancy Hess about the Radiochemistry Annex, virtually tour the Annex, reminders for Integration 2014 and NUFO’s 2014 Annual Meeting and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.   
A Q&A with Nancy Hess
Released: April 29, 2014
Chief Scientist Nancy Hess recently answered questions about EMSL’s Radiochemistry Annex and its importance to the understanding of the chemical fate and transport of radionuclides in terrestrial and subsurface ecosystems.
EMSL users and scientists zoom in to understand the subsurface on a massive scale
Released: April 29, 2014
The effects of biogeochemical and geochemical processes in the ground under us are on massive scales. Scientists working at EMSL are getting a handle on these gigantic macroscopic processes by focusing on the microscopic scale. By creating micromodels and incorporating supercomputer simulations, researchers are gaining a better understanding of...
Work on microbial signaling offers better biofuels, human health
Released: April 28, 2014
Findings from a team of scientists doing some of their research at EMSL showed plants emit a molecular signal that invites an attack from a pathogen. The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and could lead to advances in biofuels and human health.
The three-phase process featured in LINUX Journal
Released: April 27, 2014
EMSL’s high-performance computing team developed a process to manage the setup of the new Cascade supercomputer, that process was featured in the cover story of the April 2014 LINUX Journal.
New model unifies physical laws of water flow to span scales
Released: April 21, 2014
A team of PNNL scientists doing some of their research at EMSL developed a unified theory and unified multiscale model that simulates water flow at all scales. The new approach is important for understanding water cycling and its effect on agriculture, water conservation and climate changes.
The society's highest award
Released: April 16, 2014
ASTM International has selected EMSL’s Don Baer to receive the 2014 Award of Merit, the organization's highest recognition. He earned the award the for his exceptional service to ASTM International Committee E42 on Surface Analysis, innovations in the development of standards for surface analysis and development of new information resources for...
Lithium-sulfur batteries last longer with nanomaterial-packed cathode
Released: April 15, 2014
EMSL and PNNL scientists find that adding a metal organic framework, a nanomaterial, to a lithium-sulfur battery’s cathode makes the battery last longer and it can be repeatedly recharged.
This call to remain open until Sept. 15
Released: April 13, 2014
A Special Science Call for Proposals is open until Sept. 15 for high-impact research that advances BER scientific missions by taking advantage of EMSL’s recently established or developing technical resources.
Looking forward to helping others grow through their membership in SIMB
Released: April 10, 2014
The votes are in, and the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology membership has elected EMSL Science Theme Lead Scott Baker as the president-elect starting in July. He will be the organizations’ president beginning July 2015. SIMB is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences.
Long-term study of uranium release could improve remediation strategies
Released: April 08, 2014
A new study combines modeling and laboratory experiments to assess uranium release under flow conditions over a time period long enough to evaluate transport behavior of uranium in sediment samples collected from the Hanford Site.
Recognized for outstanding multi-omics research and paper
Released: April 06, 2014
The American Chemical Society has recognized EMSL Senior Research Scientist Kim Hixson with its Withycombe-Charalambous Graduate Student Symposium Award for her research using multi-omics to bioengineer biomass plants to enhance the production of biochemicals and biofuels. A doctoral candidate at Washington State University in Pullman, Hixson...
Improving the chances for fuel recovery and carbon sequestration
Released: March 26, 2014
A team of PNNL scientists working at EMSL find a carbon dioxide film that forms on kaolinite releases at a certain pressure, allowing fewer interactions to occur between the carbon dioxide and the mineral. The findings have implications for fuel recovery and carbon sequestration.
Combine the power of genomics and molecular characterization
Released: March 25, 2014
Letters of intent for JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative Call will be accepted until April 7. This call represents a unique opportunity to combine genomics at the Joint Genome Institute and molecular characterization at EMSL.
User meeting focused on science of atmospheric organics
Released: March 20, 2014
Register now for Integration 2014 to be held May 6 and 7 at EMSL. This year’s meeting focuses on the science of atmospheric organics. Scot Martin, Harvard University, is the keynote speaker. The agenda also includes plenary speakers, half-day workshops and more.
Study reveals new insights into sulfate-reducing bacteria
Released: March 18, 2014
Sulfate-reducing bacteria are common in oxygen-deprived habitats, and they can have harmful industrial and health effects as well as beneficial environmental effects. This study examines the biochemical pathways used by these microbes to convert sulfate to hydrogen sulfide.
Check out our latest virtual tour
Released: March 17, 2014
Virtually tour EMSL's Radiochemistry Annex, a facility designed for the understanding of the chemical fate and transport of radionuclides in terrestrial and subsurface ecosystems.
New hybrid anode design to improve long-term performance of batteries
Released: March 12, 2014
A recent study in Nature Communications reveals a new lithium-sulfur electrode design that minimizes degradation and improves the battery’s efficiency and ability to store electrical charge.
Bridging Science Across National User Facilities
Released: March 10, 2014
Registration is now open for NUFO's 2014 Annual Meeting being held April 30 to May 2 at EMSL in Richland, Wash.
Recognized for developing unique plasma-source MS instrumentation
Released: March 06, 2014
ACS has honored EMSL’s Chief Technology Officer Dave Koppenaal with its 2014 Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation for his development of mass spectrometry instrumentation that pushes frontiers in environmental and nonproliferation analysis and detection.
Too many electrons at the lithiation front in silicon are a problem
Released: March 05, 2014
An international team of scientists working at EMSL determined lithium-ion battery fading is related to electron-rich regions forming in the electrodes. Their findings could lead to longer lasting materials for rechargeable batteries.
Provides new look at naturally wet microbial community behavior
Released: March 04, 2014
Researchers studying structured microbial communities demonstrated a new microfluidic imaging technique using EMSL’s time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, or ToF-SIMS, coupled with a vacuum-compatible liquid probe, that allowed them to watch biofilms grow in their native, hydrated form.
Graphene defects alter electrode-electrolyte interface behavior
Released: March 03, 2014
Looking to improve energy storage and delivery devices, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Princeton University use EMSL experimental and computational resources to investigate and understand how the surface chemistry of graphene affects the charge storage mechanism.
Targeted strategies improve efficacy of enzymes to convert biomass to biofuels
Released: March 02, 2014
A recent study with Washington State University systematically evaluated the specific physical and chemical properties of biomass that hinder the performance of commercial enzyme products. They revealed targeted strategies that could improve the efficacy of enzymes to convert biomass to biofuels.
Iron-bearing minerals in sediments naturally reduce contaminant levels
Released: February 26, 2014
An international team of scientists conducted a study that showed iron-bearing minerals that are naturally abundant in sediment can stop the movement of contaminants such as technetium. Implications are clear for the Hanford Site and others undertaking remediation efforts.
EMSL's bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: February 24, 2014
In this issue, metabolomics research at EMSL for biofuels and other bioproducts, EMSL’s involvement in the GOAmazon field study, a call for proposals reminder and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.
A journey into the last 'omics frontier requires all hands on deck
Released: February 24, 2014
Metabolomics seeks to understand the fundamental metabolic workings of a cell in a changing environment. Scientists at EMSL use a variety of instruments to collect this cellular information to help produce better fuels, crops and other bioproducts.  
User meeting focused on science of atmospheric organics
Released: February 20, 2014
Integration 2014, EMSL’s annual user meeting, is May 6-7 at EMSL in Richland, Wash. Focused on the science of atmospheric organics, Scot Martin, the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University, is the keynote speaker. The agenda includes presentations, workshops and a poster session.
Research area: Soil/organic matter changes and climate forcing
Released: February 19, 2014
Malak Tfaily is EMSL’s first postdoctoral researcher funded by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research Terrestrial Ecosystem Science program.  
EMSL supports effort with expertise and instrumentation
Released: February 17, 2014
DOE and an international team of scientists opened GOAmazon field campaign, a two-year field study in the Amazon Basin. EMSL scientists and instruments will contribute to the effort.  
Newest method for determining a protein's shape
Released: February 13, 2014
EMSL Scientist James Evans and a team of researchers use a unique X-ray diffraction technique to study the structural details of proteins, which broadens the number and type of proteins that can be studied.
Meet Magnetic Resonance Capability Lead Nancy Washton
Released: February 09, 2014
Scientist Nancy Washton describes the NMR and EPR Laboratory in EMSL's Radiochemistry Annex and the types of research that can be done using nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance instruments. Washton discusses why users would want to do research in NMR/EPR Laboratory and why is it important to have a facility like the...
New approach shows particles and ensembles follow different growth patterns
Released: February 06, 2014
Scientists doing some of their research at EMSL gain a better understanding of previously unexplained observations of nanoparticle growth.
M. T. Thomas Award call for applications now open
Released: February 05, 2014
Nominations are due March 31 for the M. T. Thomas Award acknowledging outstanding accomplishments by postdoctoral fellows who conduct their research at EMSL.
Two proposal opportunities available
Released: February 03, 2014
EMSL’s call for proposals offers two opportunities for submitting research projects: EMSL Science Theme Research Call and JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative Call.
Brown carbon works both sides of the climate equation
Released: February 02, 2014
Scientists at PNNL and the University of Nevada at Reno used EMSL resources to study the brown secondary organic aerosol formed from α-pinene. The study is an important step in the continued search for evidence that these particles form from naturally occurring gases and increase dramatically in the presence of pollution from cities.
Research studies interfacial phenomena
Released: January 29, 2014
William R. Wiley Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient Li Fu is now at EMSL. He earned his doctorate in biophysical chemistry at Yale University. He sees exciting research opportunities in materials, environmental and energy sciences.
One member re-elected, six new members added
Released: January 28, 2014
Chair Angela Wilson announced the EMSL User Executive Committee’s election results. The UEC was chartered to represent the needs and views of the users to the EMSL director.
Parallel in time algorithms enable simulation of long-lasting chemical processes
Released: January 20, 2014
A study by EMSL and University of Chicago researchers using NWChem provides evidence that time integration algorithms working in parallel can significantly speed up computationally demanding molecular dynamics simulations, opening new avenues for studying complex, long-lasting chemical processes.
Probe allows real-time imaging of electrode-liquid electrolyte interface
Released: January 19, 2014
The new microfluidic E probe, developed at PNNL and available at EMSL, can be used in many research areas, including batteries, biofuels and microbial fuel cells.
Novel biological mechanism relays electrons in proteins in mineral-breathing bacteria
Released: January 15, 2014
Scientists use EMSL and other resources to see for the first time the evolutionary design principle for electron transport within a bacteria's protein-based wire, molecular groups called hemes. The findings are key to understanding bacterial ground chemistry and the use of bacteria for microbial fuel cells, batteries and turning waste into...
EMSL computational resources support research
Released: January 14, 2014
Scientists use EMSL and other computational resources to accurately measure the surface potential of water. Their work is referenced in the book Electroanalytical Chemistry: A Series of Advances: Volume 25.
Redox cycling by DsrC protein suggests reason for interaction with dissimilatory sulfite reductase
Released: January 06, 2014
An international team of scientists has isolated and characterized a key protein related to sulfate respiration. Understanding how microbes respire sulfate is important for understanding global sulfur and carbon cycles and for quantifying carbon dioxide emissions.
SCF1 frees plant sugars in lignin for sustainable biofuels
Released: December 30, 2013
A collaborative study shows that Enterobacter lignolyticus SCF1 can multitask quite successfully: degrade lignin as both a food source and for breathing – the first soil bacterium to demonstrate this dual capability.
The search for long-lasting, inexpensive rechargeable batteries
Released: December 26, 2013
Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes, mimicking realistic conditions inside actual batteries. While life sciences researchers regularly use transmission electron microscopy to study wet environments, this time scientists have applied it successfully to rechargeable...
EMSL advancements open new possibilities for characterizing nanoparticle interactions
Released: December 22, 2013
EMSL scientists took advantage of advanced instrumental capabilities, a specially designed experimental cell and theoretical  modeling  to successfully deduce the how molecules of carboxylic acid– a common organic acid found in nature - bind to ceria nanoparticle surfaces.
Molecule's carbon chain length affects oxygen's departure in key reaction for building bio-fuels
Released: December 21, 2013
Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Baylor University working at EMSL discover new clues about molecular behavior on catalysts, especially as it relates to biofuels.
Two proposal opportunities announced
Released: December 19, 2013
EMSL’s call for proposals opened Dec. 20 and offers two opportunities for submitting research projects: EMSL Science Theme Research Call and JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative Call.
The premier issue of a print edition of The Molecular Bond, EMSL's bi-monthly newsletter
Released: December 19, 2013
In this issue, the impact of brown carbon on climate, a Q&A on aerosol research with Alex Guenther, 12 tips of a successful user proposal and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the December issue of The Molecular Bond.
A joint research project seeks to integrate brown carbon insights into climate models
Released: December 18, 2013
The haze of brown carbon aerosols, or smog, is an important environmental issue. But the impact of brown carbon aerosols on atmospheric warming is not well understood. A joint project with EMSL is studying these aerosols with a goal of adding new data into climate models to better predict climate change.
A Q&A with Alex Guenther
Released: December 18, 2013
Renowned atmospheric and ecosystem scientist Alex Guenther answers questions about atmospheric aerosol research, including its scientific importance, the societal implications of the findings and EMSL’s role in the studies.
A dozen ways to stand out in a competitive process
Released: December 18, 2013
EMSL’s 2014 annual call for user proposals opens Dec. 20. As access to EMSL capabilities becomes more competitive, it’s important to make sure your submission stands out. Here are suggestions to improve your proposal.