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Multinuclear NMR Studies of and Earth and Energy Systems

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A team of researchers at PNNL carries out studies that utilize high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in areas of national need for biological and energy sciences. The research projects include scientific explorations in energy, materials, synthesis, and geochemical sciences. The proposed research on a number of NMR instruments will advance and accelerate the research goals of multiple energy-related projects at PNNL and leverages advances already made by members of the team in the development and use of unique NMR probes and experiments at EMSL. A number of investigations with this instrument will be in situ studies that are at the forefront of research efforts probing atomic and molecular structure and dynamics under conditions relevant to real-world applications in areas important to DOE and the nation. The four programs that will be primary users of this spectrometer are the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR; Karl Mueller, PNNL Lead PI), an Energy Innovation Hub supported by DOE and led by Argonne National Laboratory (George Crabtree, PI); Transdisciplinary Approaches to Realize Novel Catalytic Pathways to Energy Carriers (Johannes Lercher, PI) supported by the BES/CSGB Catalysis Science Program; Fundamental Mechanisms of Reactivity at Complex Geochemical Interfaces (Kevin Rosso, PI) supported by the BES/CSGB Geosciences Program; and Nucleation and Self-assembly of Hierarchical Materials (Jim De Yoreo, PI) supported by BES/MSE Synthesis and Processing Science Program.

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Principal Investigator

Karl Mueller
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Ying Chen
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Team Members

Vijayakumar Murugesan
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jian-zhi Hu
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory