About

Research conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Environmental Molecular Sciences Division (EMSD) largely supports the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science research mission in providing innovative solutions to the nation's environmental and energy production challenges. EMSD also manages EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science user facility funded by the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program.

EMSD’s research is organized around around seven integrated research platforms (IRPs), with computing and analytical modeling capabilities as the foundation. These platforms combine in-house scientific expertise, premier instrumentation, and specialized laboratory space to help address key science questions. The seven IRPs include:

  • Plant and Ecosystem Phenotyping
  • Ecosystem Interfaces
  • Biogeochemical Transformations
  • Structural Biology
  • Cell Signaling and Communications
  • Biomolecular Pathways
  • Systems Modeling and Data Sciences

In addition to BER-funded research, EMSD researchers also conduct research supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences program, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and NASA, among others.

The EMSL user program offers scientific resources that include staff expertise and suites of state-of-the-art instruments and facilities that are available to researchers around the world. These resources are usually available at no charge through a variety of proposal opportunities. Every year, approximately 600 users take advantage of EMSL’s expertise and capabilities.