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Reducing the optical band gap of strontium titantate 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 titantate 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.
Released: October 30, 2014
EMSL Director Allison Campbell interviews EMSL Lead Scientist Tim Scheibe about multiscale modeling and high-performance computing. Campbell talked with Scheibe as part of her monthly ...
High performance computing accelerates scientific advances
Released: October 24, 2014
Researchers answering fundamental scientific questions in biology, climate and chemistry look to high performance computing and robust software. With its history of integrating experiment and computation, EMSL supports research into climate change, contaminated soil remediation, and energy production and storage with its Cascade supercomputer and...
EMSL’s bi-monthly newsletter: The Molecular Bond
Released: October 24, 2014
In this issue, a feature on the current state and future of molecular science computing at EMSL; news releases on bio-fuel production and a new semiconducting material; articles on the release of NWChem 6.5 and EMSL’s redesigned website; and science highlights. Read these stories and more in the latest issue of The Molecular Bond.
Together, iron and palladium help remove oxygen for biofuel reaction
Released: October 17, 2014
Scientists doing some of their research at EMSL found adding a little palladium to iron creates a more efficient catalyst not prone to the problems of using an iron-only catalyst in the production of biofuels.
Pollution-coated particles bypass ice formation, but influence clouds
Released: October 17, 2014
Scientists using EMSL resources found that when the crystalline structure of dust is modified by pollution, dust is less likely to act as an ice seed in clouds. The fate of dust and how it affects clouds is important for climate understanding.
Devaraj’s and Perea’s research included in cover story
Released: October 16, 2014
The Oct. 13 issue of C&EN includes research by EMSL scientists Arun Devaraj and Daniel Perea. Entitled “Microscopy Method Goes Deep,” the cover story looks at the technique of atom probe tomography.
EMSL-specific section on pages 25-27
Released: October 15, 2014
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2014 Key Accomplishments report highlights some of the year's most noteworthy achievements by PNNL scientists in the areas of energy, security and environmental sustainability. The report also includes a section featuring EMSL’s science highlights and other research contributions.
Applications are due Nov. 14
Released: October 14, 2014
EMSL is accepting 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.
Isolated atoms tackle carbon monoxide, potentially reducing engine emissions
Released: October 13, 2014
Scientists studied the effectiveness of isolated palladium atom catalysts in reducing exhaust emissions from vehicles. The team was from universities and national labs in the U.S. and China and used resources at three user facilities, including EMSL, on this multi-year study.
The fundamental steps needed to nucleate metal-organic frameworks
Released: October 09, 2014
Scientists at PNNL use capabilities at EMSL to complete a groundbreaking computational study that showed the fundamental reactions that occur when synthesizing the building blocks of a metal-organic framework.
Optimizing catalysts for steam reforming
Released: October 07, 2014
Steam reforming is a method for converting biomass-derived light hydrocarbons and aromatics into a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen that can be further converted to transportation fuels as well as valuable chemicals. This study combines experimental and theoretical approaches on metal catalysts that maximize activity and stability for...
An illustrious group of scientists in the field of biology
Released: October 01, 2014
PNNL Laboratory Fellow and EMSL Scientist H. Steven Wiley has been selected to be on the editorial board of BMC Biology, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research and methodology articles in the area of biology.
EMSL releases the latest version of its open-source computational chemistry software suite
Released: September 22, 2014
EMSL has released version 6.5 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.
Identification of redox-sensitive enzymes can enrich biofuel production research
Released: September 22, 2014
Scientists at PNNL identified more than 300 proteins in a cyanobacterium that converts carbon dioxide into other molecules using EMSL’s mass spectrometry and microscopy capabilities. A better understanding of these conversion properties could help improve biofuel production.
How climate change will affect marine microbes
Released: September 17, 2014
Climate change is expected to cause oxygen-minimum zones (OMZs) in the ocean to expand and intensify. This study examines potential effects on microbial communities as well as the resulting feedback on nutrient and greenhouse gas cycling.
Pore-scale models could capture spread of underground contaminants
Released: September 15, 2014
Understanding how water and chemicals flow in soils is important for many practical problems such as assessing the risk of groundwater contamination.
Non-uniform evaporation prevents scientists from seeing every atom
Released: September 15, 2014
Scientists identify the distribution of atoms on material surfaces in order to develop longer lasting batteries and better catalysts, but some atoms evaporate before they are located. Scientists working in EMSL identified which atoms evaporate in mixed materials, where there are many different types of atoms.
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. The iDirector series features monthly interviews by EMSL Director Allison Campbell of EMSL experts, staff or users. Past iDirector interviews can be viewed on...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 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...
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. 
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.
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 closed Sept. 15, 2014
Released: April 13, 2014
Update: This call is now closed. 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.

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