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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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Rentao Mu and Xiang Wang

Two PNNL Postdoctorate Researchers Win Awards for International Conference

(June 2016)

Congratulations to two postdoctorate researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis -- Rentao Mu and Xiang Wang -- who are being honored with awards at the 16th International Congress on Catalysis (ICC). Mu was selected for ICC's Young Scientist Prize, and Wang earned a travel award provided by the North American Catalysis Society.



Following Nature's Lead: Mimicking Enzymes to Release Energy

Lessons from nature inspire breakthrough in catalyzing electricity from renewable energy

(June 2016)

Researchers at PNNL have demonstrated that stored renewable energy can be interconverted efficiently and inexpensively by mimicking enzymatic catalysts used in biological processes. This new catalyst actually performs best in water and at temperatures and acidities remarkably similar to conditions found in hydrogen fuel cells.



Healing broken bonds in zeolites

How to Heal Broken Bonds, Catalyst Style

Scientists show how to fix interior defects, possibly leading to a more stable and efficient catalyst for biofuel production

(June 2016)

While popular catalysts called zeolites could help turn paper manufacturing waste and other biomass into fuel, the catalyst crumbles after just two days in hot water. And that's a problem because hot water is nearly ubiquitous in biofuel production. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a team discovered that fixing broken bonds deep inside the material stabilized the catalyst and let it thrive in hot water.



Artistic representation of catalysis research and applications

Catalyze It! Special Issue Highlights Drive for Discoveries at National Labs

(May 2016)

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and ten other labs had their work featured in a special issue of ACS Catalysis. Their efforts have clarified basic scientific principles, funded by DOE's Office of Science, and have resolved issues for biofuels, emission control, fuel cells, and more, funded by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The peer-reviewed online publication features ten articles by PNNL scientists and their university collaborators.



Catalytic efficiency vs cost

Five Cents About Nickel Catalysts

Computational methods and experimental techniques reveal important design principles for future nickel catalysts

(May 2016)

Platinum is a good catalyst, but it costs ~$950 an ounce. Nickel, whose market price of less than $4 a pound, is an attractive option, but it doesn’t pack the same punch. Two Energy Frontier Research Centers are helping nickel muscle its way to center stage of fuel production. Read more in this article which first appeared in Frontiers in Energy Research.



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