Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

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User Projects

The following is a list of projects that have been active over the past three years.
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Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Malsoon Lee
Oxide clusters supported on oxide substrates are of great interest due to their importance in materials science and heterogeneous catalysis. The nature and strength of their interactions not only determine their structure, distribution, and...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Simone Raugei
We propose to use EMSL supercomputing resources to continue gaining a molecular level understanding on the catalytic mechanisms of monoterpene synthases (MTSs). Specifically, we will perform an extensive set of atomistic simulations to elucidate how...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Arun Devaraj
Advanced microstructural characterization of next generation propulsion materials can provide material processing-microstructure-mechanical property relationships. In addition, advanced characterization is also crucial for understanding material...
Lead Institution: Sao Carlos Institute of Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo
Principal Investigator: Julio Borges
Chaperones, such as Hsp100, can help maintain cellular homeostasis and adaptation playing an important role for different organisms. The Hsp100 has a disaggregase action, acting with other proteins of the chaperone system to extract polypeptides...
Lead Institution: University of Utah
Principal Investigator: Christopher Hill
Our goal is to determine the structure of heptameric AAA+ ATPase Bcs1 bound to its native substrate Rip1. Rip1 is a critical component of the Complex III of mitochondrial electron transport chain. To be incorporated into Complex III, Rip1 first...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Arun Devaraj
Solid phase processing (SPP) of alloys using shear-deformation results in nanoscale metastable phases and enhanced mechanical properties. High-speed mass and energy transfer during such process makes the atomic-scale mechanisms in solid phase...
Lead Institution: University of British Columbia
Principal Investigator: Natalie Strynadka
Wall teichoic acid (WTA) is a Gram-positive bacterial cell wall polymer with roles in host cell adherence and coordination of essential physiological processes including cell division and peptidoglycan synthesis. Importantly, the biogenesis of WTA...
Lead Institution: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Principal Investigator: Alex Vecchio
Elongation of very long chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) in mammals is directed by membrane proteins called ELOngation of Very Long chain fatty acids (ELOVLs). ELOVLs catalyze the first and rate-limiting step in VLCFA elongation, and these VLCFAs confer...
Lead Institution: New York University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Da-Neng Wang
We will aim to determine the structures of two membrane transporters. (I) Na+-free form of the Na+-dependent dicarboxylate transporter VcINDY, a bacterial homolog of the human liver citrate transporter that is implicated in obesity. In the 2019 fall...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Robert Dagle
The overall objective of this study is to investigate a recent catalyst innovation that enables the stable conversion of methane to CO2-free H2 and solid carbon co-product. The solid carbon co-product is selectively formed as carbon nanotubes (CNT...