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Transformations: The Value of Catalysis, Top Five List from CME's Last Five Years, Catalytic Choreography

(February 2015)

In the latest edition of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis' Transformations, PNNL scientist Bob Weber provides an overview on the value of catalysis to the economy, society, and scientific research in general. This issue's feature is on the top five things learned in the first five years of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at PNNL. This Energy Frontier Research Center has answered fundamental questions about what makes catalysts work. Transformations also contains the Institute for Integrated Catalysis's (IIC's) latest video, "Catalytic Choreography," catalysis scientist Zdenek Dohnalek (see photo) explains how his team at PNNL discovers how molecules move, break and rejoin on the surface of a catalyst-fundamental knowledge that could be used to design better catalysts to produce renewable energy.



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Catalysis Team Wins Prestigious National Lectureship

(February 2015)

Congratulations to the Hydrogen Catalysis Team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on winning the 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science. The team earned the award for research that has revolutionized understanding of the role of proton movement in the electrocatalytic interconversion of electricity and hydrogen fuel.

This is the first team win for the lectureship. The members are Morris Bullock, Daniel DuBois, Monte Helm, Michel Dupuis, Simone Raugei, Jenny Yang, John Roberts, Molly O'Hagan, Wendy Shaw, Aaron Appel, and Eric Wiedner at PNNL, and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer at University of Illinois. The team is part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the DOE Office of Science's Basic Energy Sciences.



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A new approach shows the molecular consequences of everything from taking unnecessary detours to getting hopelessly lost

(February 2015)

With catalysts, small design decisions can derail a trip through complex reaction paths. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists have elaborated on a strategy to map the catalytic route. Scientists can now explore design decisions with molecular catalysts that store or release energy from the chemical bond in dihydrogen.



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Renewable Fuel from Algae

Process efficiently turns algae into biocrude oil

(January 2015)

Scientists and engineers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis have created a process that produces biocrude oil minutes after they pour in a slurry of green algae. This is one of the latest innovations PNNL's Institute for Integrated Catalysis has successfully driven to the market with the help of commercial partners. As a result, the Federal Laboratory Consortium has honored the Department of Energy national laboratory with a 2015 Excellence in Technology Transfer award.



Johannes Lercher

Johannes Lercher Named Distinguished Chemical Engineering Lecturer at Yale

(January 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Lercher, Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis, on being selected for Yale University's Barnett F. Dodge Lecture. Lercher spoke about the elementary class of catalyzed transformations for biofuels. He discussed how a detailed knowledge of catalysts and the reaction steps leads to new strategies.



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