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The Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory facilitates collaborative research and development in catalysts for a secure energy future.

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Yong Wang

Yong Wang Co-Edits Special Issue of Catalysis Today

(September 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Yong Wang at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Dr. Ajay K. Dalai at the University of Saskatchewan on co-editing a special issue of Catalysis Today. The issue focuses on innovation in sustainable fuels and chemicals production, based on papers presented at the 23rd North American Catalysis Society Conference.

Wei Liu

PNNL Wins $2.2M to Develop Renewable System to Generate Hydrogen

(September 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Wei Liu and his team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis on receiving $2.2M to create a compact reactor that turns oil derived from plants into hydrogen. The U.S. Department awarded the grant as part of a $20 million effort to create, deliver, and dispense hydrogen. The goal is to produce hydrogen that costs less than the equivalent of $4-per-gallon gasoline and have it available for use in fuel cells.

Alice Dohnalkova

Alice Dohnalkova Honored by Microscopy Society of America

(September 2014)

Congratulations to Alice Dohnalkova, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on being honored at the 2014 meeting of the Microscopy Society of America. Dohnalkova received award for her service on the MSA Council and for her work as committee chair of local affiliated societies.

Johannes Lercher and Charles Peden

Johannes Lercher and Chuck Peden Named Wiley Research Fellows

(August 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Lercher and Dr. Chuck Peden on being named Wiley Research Fellows in recognition of the role they will play in EMSL's Energy Materials & Processes Science Theme, and their proven record of generating outstanding science.


Water Leads to Chemical that Gunks up Biofuels Production

Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development

(August 2014)

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory examine the conversion of bio-oil, produced from biomass such as wood chips or grasses, into transportation fuels. They used computer simulations to explore what happens to phenol, a common bio-oil byproduct. Water, everywhere during biofuels production, turns the phenol into an impurity that disrupts and blocks the reactions that lead to biofuels. The results apply not only to water but to related liquids in bio-oil such as alcohols and certain acids.

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