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  • Shippert Contributes to First-ever Observations of Methane’s Impact on Greenhouse Effect

    In recently released work published in Nature Geoscience, researchers led by LBNL drew on a decade’s worth of detailed atmospheric measurements to present the first observational outcome from methane’s influence of the greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface. Tim Shippert, an engineer with PNNL’s Data Integration team, contributed to the analyses that measured methane’s impact.

  • 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.

  • Microfluidics

    Consistently Identifying Proteins from Fewer Cells

    Working with colleagues at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, researchers from the Biological Sciences Division helped fuse microfluidics and robotics for a new bioanalysis platform that uses far fewer cells than any other technology.

  • Leung and Lercher

    Two PNNL researchers elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering

    Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratoryhave been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Ruby Leung and Johannes Lercher are among the 106 new members elected worldwide to the 2017 class. See the full News Release

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.

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