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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a leader in chemical sciences. We focus on attaining a molecular-level understanding of complex multi-phase systems and phenomena that is critically important to our clients' needs. Our expertise includes fundamental research in

We succeed because of our teams. Our teams develop novel approaches as well as utilize routine routes to synthesize molecular, nanostructured, and solid-state systems; analyze the samples with multiple instruments; and model the results for detailed insight and to predict new systems for synthesis and analysis. Within the national lab, our teams form around the disciplines needed to solve the problem, regardless of where the people are in the organization structure. This allows us to bring different scientific perspectives for our clients. We also bring in collaborators from academia, other national labs, and industry.

Our experimental and theoretical analysis draws upon nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a variety of microscopy techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, computation tools such as the NWChem for high-performance computational chemistry as well as supercomputers, and other tools. When the tools do not exist, we create them. For example, we have built unique probes for real-time NMR studies of catalysts under operating conditions, single-particle laser ablation mass spectrometers for analysis of aerosol particles, and the nanospray desorption electrospray ionization instrument for highly sensitive analysis of minute samples. Many of these tools are available for others to use through EMSL.

The U.S. Department of Energy is our chief client. We conduct work for DOE's Office of Science and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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