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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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Aaron Appel Quoted on Catalyst for Ethanol Fuel

(April 2014)

Dr. Aaron Appel at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory wrote a News & Views article in Nature about copper-based materials that efficiently convert carbon monoxide and water to ethanol. The discovery, made at Stanford University, is a major advance towards storing renewable energy in the form of a liquid fuel. This article led to Appel being quoted in a story by Reuters' Will Dunham that appeared in multiple outlets, including the Wichita Eagle, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Toledo Blade, and Deutschlandfunk.

Don Baer

Don Baer Receives ASTM International Award of Merit

(April 2014)

ASTM International has selected Don Baer to receive the 2014 Award of Merit, the organizations highest recognition. He earned the award the for his exceptional service to ASTM International Committee E42 on Surface Analysis, innovations in the development of standards for surface analysis, and development of new information resources for surface analysis.

John Holladay Quoted about Biofuels

(April 2014)

John Holladay of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was quoted in Greenwire on Algenol's goals to produce algae-based ethanol fuel that costs $1.27/gallon to manufacture, allowing the fuel to compete in a marketplace currently focused on petroleum. Holladay helped develop a related catalytic technology that Algenol uses to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from their spent algae, He was quoted as saying, "They've had a long, long road of developing the science that was required to make this work. Sometimes people don't understand the road and how much was done to get to the point where they are today." The article is titled "Biofuels: Enthusiastic entrepreneur places big bet on algae."

Chemical Communication journal cover

Uncovering the Details of Proton Relays Vital to Creating New Catalysts for Energy Storage

Invited article reviews the science behind proton motion in hydrogen-generating catalysts

(March 2014)

In their invited review for Chemical Communications, Dr. R. Morris Bullock, Dr. Aaron Appel, and Dr. Monte Helm at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory describe how proton relays and other factors influence catalysts that could store intermittent renewable energy in chemical bonds for later use. They were asked to write this review for a special themed collection in the journal on electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution because of their groundbreaking research in proton movements in reactions that break and form hydrogen. Dr. Jonathan Darmon and Dr. Charles Weiss at PNNL designed artwork that graces the journal's cover.

The Science of Creating Catalysts for Energy Storage

Dan DuBois at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory reviews key advances in catalytic design

(March 2014)

In a review article in Inorganic Chemistry, PNNL chemist Dan DuBois shares three fundamental discoveries made to build catalysts that drive the storage of electrical energy inside chemical bonds. He was invited to write the article after winning the American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry Award in 2012. DuBois was recognized for his scientific leadership in a career highlighted by outstanding science, popular seminars and talks, and a reputation as an insightful, gregarious mentor.

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