Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysts
Sustainable chemistry is a signature strength at PNNL and represents an approach to chemical production, management, and use that aims to minimize harmful impacts, use less energy, and create more efficient chemical processes. It adopts a life-cycle approach that examines each step in chemical production, from the sourcing of feed stocks to the properties of byproducts, all with the goal of minimizing resource inputs and avoiding the creation of wastes. PNNL is applying its expertise to our food and energy, our personal care and household products, our medicines, and even the materials in our smart phones and other electronics. Our patents cover the conversion of waste gases, water sludge, and manure into valuable fuels, chemicals, and materials. Browse our portfolio of available technologies to learn more.