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The Case of the Cobalt Catalyst

The story's plotline could solve other mysteries around generating electricity without fossil fuels

(July 2016)

It's the worst short story ever written: on a dark and stormy night; the end. The real story -- the context, the tension, and the motivations -- are missing. That's what it feels like for scientists reading the reaction that uses a cobalt catalyst to produce hydrogen. Dr. Eric Wiedner and Dr. Morris Bullock at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory wanted to know the rest of the story. They found out what happened between the first page and the last.

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PNNL Scientist Johannes Lercher Receives International Award for Catalysis Research

(July 2016)

Battelle Fellow Johannes Lercher will receive a 2016 Eni Award, an international benchmark for energy and environmental research. Lercher, director of PNNL's Institute for Integrated Catalysis and Professor at the Technische Universität München, received the New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons-Downstream prize for his research on "Novel catalytic strategies to alkenes and alkanols."

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Researchers Improve Catalyst Efficiency for Clean Industries

(July 2016)

Researchers have developed a way to use less platinum in chemical reactions commonly used in the clean energy, green chemicals and automotive industries, according to a paper published this week in Science.

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A Watery Roadblock in the Pathway to Biofuels

Scientists show how water molecules add unwanted stability

(July 2016)

Removing oxygen atoms is vital to turning biomass into biofuels. Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Lab and a major German university discovered how water interferes with two oxygen-removal paths by creating a highly stable intermediate. Turning this intermediate into the final product is like pushing a boulder uphill, and when it comes to fuel production, adding energy is costly in economic and environmental terms.


Scale-up of Aviation Biofuels from Alcohols Reaching New Heights

PNNL and industry partners achieve biofuel milestone, producing 5 gallons of synthetic paraffinic kerosene from CO derived alcohols

(July 2016)

With funding from BETO, PNNL has been working with industry-partner, LanzaTech, to convert alcohols derived from captured carbon monoxide, a byproduct in the production of steel, into synthetic paraffinic kerosene, a non-fossil-based jet fuel. The technology provides a viable source of sustainable jet fuel and reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere.

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