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Weaving a Catalyst

Popular aluminum oxide created by interlacing different crystal forms

November 2014

The exhaust system in your car and the plastic cup holding your drink, along with countless other products, rely upon reactions driven by catalysts supported on aluminum oxides. Characterizing these aluminum oxides or alumina has been challenging. For the first time, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and FEI Company obtained an atomically resolved view of delta alumina. The team showed that the oxide is two crystal forms or variants woven together.

Ben Kravitz Receives IUGG Early Career Scientist Award

November 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Ben Kravitz, a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on receiving the Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) Early Career Scientist Award. Once every 4 years, this award is given to 10 outstanding early career researchers worldwide, Kravitz is one of two winners in the United States.

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