Cross-Cutting Science Areas
EMSL's integrated approach supports science that doesn't fit easily into single categories. Here we capture EMSL's areas of expertise that overlap the user facility's three science themes, span across disciplines, use multiple capability groups, and address multiple societal benefits. This menu is by no means exhaustive.
NANOSCIENCE AT EMSL
EMSL provides experimental and computational tools—as well as expertise—that allow teams of users to pursue research for the design, synthesis, characterization, and application of novel nanomaterials. View examples of the latest nanoscience research and capabilities at EMSL, which are found in all three science themes. Also see (www.pnnl.gov/nano) for nano researchers and activities at EMSL and PNNL.
SYSTEMS BIOLOGY AT EMSL
EMSL is known for its expansive mass spectrometry capability, and particularly for user and staff contributions to the field of proteomics. In addition, EMSL's NMR capability offers world-class resources for interfacial and in-situ biology. Integrating these and other experimental tools with the molecular science computing capability helps the scientific community gain unprecedented understanding of complex biological systems. Examples include the recent membrane biology grand challenge and a current research campaign. These efforts and many others fit within the goals of EMSL's Biological Interactions and Dynamics science theme, but may also have impact on Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry and Subsurface Science and Science of Interfacial Phenomena science themes.
RADIOCHEMISTRY AT EMSL
Scientists who pursue radiochemistry research at EMSL are accelerating discovery and understanding of the fate of radionuclides in the environment. Learn about EMSL's new Radiochemistry Annex, an expansion to EMSL's footprint that collects instrumentation designed for the study of contaminated environmental materials and the examination of radionuclides and chemical signatures. Radiochemistry research at EMSL often fits within the Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry and Subsurface science theme.
CATALYSIS AT EMSL
In close partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis, experts at EMSL use surface analysis tools and techniques to study catalysts and tailor them for high-impact applications. A new research campaign combines ultrahigh-field NMR and high performance computing to advance more efficient catalysts. In addition, EMSL is expanding capabilities for in-situ experiments that replicate real-world environments of catalysts. Catalysis is deeply related to EMSL's Science of Interfacial Phenomena science theme, but catalytic properties cross into areas of biology and bioenergy (Biological Interactions and Dynamics science theme).