Science is the centerpiece of what we do at PNNL. It’s the foundation of our work in energy resiliency and national security, opening new lines of inquiry to address the nation’s most significant challenges.
We explore the impact of the vast whirl of aerosol-laden clouds on our climate. We turn to nature as a guide for developing catalysts that speed up key chemical reactions a million times or more. We explore the promise of neural networks to detect a faint signal of illicit nuclear activity across the globe.
Simply put, we do the difficult, demanding, and exhilarating fundamental research to make the world safer and more secure. The research serves as a catalyst for further innovation that makes its way into our lives in the form of a reliable electricity supply, for instance, or secure gatherings free from threat.
We draw upon a host of resources, including two Department of Energy user facilities that we host, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facility—EMSL and ARM. But our most important resource is our people—experts across the range of scientific disciplines who collaborate with colleagues worldwide, teaming together to take on the biggest scientific challenges of our time.