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  • L. Ruby Leung

    L. Ruby Leung Elevated to Battelle Fellow Status

    L. Ruby Leung recently was named a Battelle Fellow, which is Battelle's most distinguished research scientist position. Leung is an internationally renowned atmospheric scientist and a Laboratory Fellow at PNNL.

  • Jansson

    Greenland’s Ice Sheet ‘Not Pristine’

    PNNL's Janet Jansson quoted in Gizmodo article about Greenland's Ice Sheet.

  • Zdenek Dohnalek

    Zdenek Dohnalek Named AVS Fellow

    Zdenek Dohnálek is the deputy director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis and a well-known catalysis expert, focusing on enhancing reactions that enable renewable energy. He recently garnered the prestigious honor of AVS Fellow.

  • HEXRD

    A Steely Combination

    Examining steel strength to evaluate its performance requires increasingly accurate predictive models. Recently, Xiaohua Hu, from ACMD Division’s Computational Engineering group, with researchers from General Motors and Argonne National Laboratory, coupled experimental and theoretical approaches creating a new technique that can more closely examine microstructural behaviors in steels used primarily by the automotive industry.

Our researchers advance the frontiers of science to study, predict, and engineer complex adaptive systems related to Earth, energy, and security. Our investigations inhabit every scale. We study the vast whirl of aerosol-laden clouds; the complex shoreline interfaces of land and sea; the mysterious microbiomes that teem just beneath the Earth’s surface; and the myriad of molecules busy on surfaces just angstroms wide.

We investigate elemental chemical and physical processes, including new catalysts that speed up the efficiency of renewable fuels. We study climate system dynamics to predict the effects of climate change. We design and synthesize the functional and structural materials of the future, including robust metal foils thinner than a human hair.

We are proud to host two unique DOE user facilities. EMSL facilitates molecular-level investigations into the physical, chemical, and biological processes that underlie the Earth’s most critical environmental issues. ARM provides a setting for climate research and instrumentation development, and is strengthened by streaming data from a worldwide complex of sensing stations.

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