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John Peters

John Peters Named Microbiology Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. John Peters, a joint appointed laboratory fellow at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and director and professor at Washington State University's Institute of Biological Chemistry, on being elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.



3-D mapping of delayed phase separation

Oxide Separation Anxiety

Controlling the formation of defects in materials is a vital part of designing next-generation materials for computing. However, it's often difficult to predict how, when, and why defects form. Now, researchers have examined the onset of phase separation defects in oxide thin films and found that defect formation can be delayed by the surface on which a film is grown.



Artistic representation of dropping magnetism of MOF wrapped magnetic particles

Form Damages Function and Magnetism Suffers

Surface mining for rare earth elements used in smartphones and wind turbines is difficult and rarely done in the United States. Scientists wanted to know if they could pull the metals, present at trace levels, from geothermal brines using magnetic particles. The particles, wrapped in a metal-organic framework, should easily trap the metals and let the rest flow past. However, a team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found the magnetic strength dropped by 70 percent after the MOF shell was formed.



Elias Nakouzi, portrait

Elias Nakouzi Joins the 2017 Class of Pauling Fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Elias Nakouzi on receiving one of PNNL's Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. Known for his wide-ranging research into material formation, Nakouzi studies crystallization, growth aggregation, and assembly. With his colleagues at IDREAM, he is developing the tools needed to visualize and analyze the water-based layers that form where minerals meet liquids.



Scientist holding vial labeled electrolytes

Research Hints at Double the Driving Range for Electric Vehicles

When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discovered it's all about the salt concentration. By getting the right amount of salt, right where they want it, they've demonstrated a small lithium-metal battery can re-charge about seven times more than batteries with conventional electrolytes.



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