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Strong Showing at the North American Catalysis Society Meeting

Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis have demonstrated leadership in one of the laboratory's signature strengths at one of the premier topical conferences.

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Meeting the Need for Catalytic Speed

The rates to convert agricultural and other organic waste into biofuels at low temperatures are currently too low to be economically competitive. Scientists at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and TU München in Germany developed ways to accelerate the reaction rates. The solution was forcing a key reaction to occur in the nano-sized confining pores inside zeolites.

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Converting Carbon Dioxide in Water

Turning plentiful carbon dioxide into a chemical feedstock would wring value from the greenhouse gas. However, the traditional approach is costly and produces unwanted byproducts. Scientists designed a water-soluble catalyst for this transformation. They did so by understanding each of the steps in converting carbon dioxide to formate.

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IDREAM Team Creates Winning Podcast

Congratulations to Aurora Clark, Scott Blasco, and Greg Schenter on creating an outstanding podcast about using sound to visualize the behavior of a troubling element in nuclear waste. Their podcast is titled Sound to Analyze, Interpret, and Understand Data from Experiment and Theory.

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Carbon Capture Technology Featured at ACS

A trio of scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory presented new findings about their research on carbon capture Monday, dominating a session on the topic at the 2017 autumn meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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