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Hydrogen formation via nitrogenase enzyme

The Nitroganese Nuance

Scientists sought to understand the H2 relaxation mechanism in nitrogenase by monitoring the effects of hydrogen vs deuterium on the kinetics of H2 formation. The team discovered that a nearby H+ was actually the active partner in the production of H2 when it combines with the iron-hydride to make H2.



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Samantha Johnson Earns Best Poster Award at Theoretical Chemistry Conference

Congratulations to Dr. Samantha Johnson at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on receiving a best poster award at the Northwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference. The award recognized the quality of her computational chemistry research as well as the design of her poster and her ability to share her insights.



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Check Out the Latest Issue of Transformations

It's important to reach beyond your community to get new ideas, share information with different audiences, and solve big problems. See how the Institute for Integrated Catalysis is doing just that in their latest issue...



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First Northwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference Is a Hit!

Congratulations to Sotiris Xantheas, Greg Schenter, Diane Stephens, Cindy Irwin, and Blake Wright at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on organizing the first Northwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference. The event offered early career theorists and students opportunities to present talks in a nurturing environment that developed and advanced collaborations.



Chemical mapping and illustration of atomic rearrangement at the interface between two oxide materials

Atoms Depart When Oxides Meet

Understanding how materials form and combine with one another is important to design better energy-harvesting and -storage devices. Now, researchers have directly imaged the loss of a single layer of atoms in a photocatalyst created by layering two oxides. The team examined the structure of a single layer and that of the final composite, finding that a plane of atoms right at the material boundary was lost during the synthesis process. The team showed that the starting material's surface is unstable and can dramatically reconfigure when combined with a second layer.



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