The Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory facilitates collaborative research and development in catalysts for a secure energy future.
New members to be inducted into Washington State Academy of Sciences in September
Jim De Yoreo, Janet Jansson and Yong Wang at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences. These three scientists will join others being recognized for outstanding scientific achievement and leadership. As academy members, they will provide expert analysis to inform public policy-making, and work to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state.
3-D images give clues to extending catalyst life
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were part of an international team that located the aluminum clusters responsible for shutting down the catalytic activity in zeolites, a catalyst used by industry to produce fuel and other chemicals. The team's results could help in creating ways to increase the longevity and the performance of catalysts used in producing fuel, biofuel and other chemicals.
Led by Vanda Glezakou and Roger Rousseau, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory solved what has been a difficult riddle for research -- why do some reactions that should occur easily simply not happen. The team used three prototypical reactions to explain the enigma, by showing that these reactions will happen only after additional energy is provided.
Once thought unimportant, a supporting film actually speeds or derails electricity production
Quickly, reliably turning wind energy into fuel means looking beyond the catalyst to its foundation, according to a study from the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, headquartered at Pacific Northwest National Lab. The team discovered that the catalyst's support has as much of an impact as the catalyst structure itself because the technique used to place the support changes the mesoscale environment.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis Director Dr. Johannes Lercher was honored with the Robert B. Anderson Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada. As the recipient, Lercher will share his insights in a plenary lecture at the 24th Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, Ottawa, Ontario, May 8-11, 2016.