Specialized facilities are essential to the advancement of PNNL’s sponsored research programs and LDRD-funded projects.
Unique facilities at PNNL, including dedicated laboratories for power grid operations, marine sciences, data analytics, and atmospheric sciences, equip researchers to take on some of the most challenging questions, and expand the frontiers of scientific understanding and technological possibility.
In addition to more than two dozen state-of-the-art facilities supporting the laboratory’s missions in scientific discovery, energy resiliency, and national security, PNNL is the steward of two U.S. Department of Energy national scientific user facilities, ARM and EMSL, serving more than 2,000 researchers worldwide each year.
Expertise in the 318 Building—the Radiological Exposures and Metrology (REM) Laboratory—supports health physics, radiation dosimetry, irradiation research design, Monte Carlo modeling, radiation biology, engineering, and radiography.
The Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory, previously known as the Marine Sciences Laboratory, at PNNL-Sequim, has laboratories that are physically-isolated and individually-accessed spaces. The isolations laboratories are connected to the
PNNL is the lead institution for Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM), an EFRC that seeks to master molecular-to-mesoscale chemical and physical phenomena at interfaces in complex environments.
PNNL's Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory (MCRL), is the only Department of Energy marine research facility. MCRL is working to help the nation achieve sustainable energy, a sustaining environment, and coastal security.
At PNNL’s Materials Science and Technology Building, researchers identify and predict degradation of materials in extreme environments, such as components within nuclear power plants, before damage leads to failure.
Researchers in this lab investigate glass, glass-ceramic, grout, metal, and metal-ceramic wasteforms that will withstand corrosion over geologic time. This includes supporting the nation's nuclear waste vitrification efforts at Hanford.