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Small but Tough: Iridium Nanoparticles Resist Deactivation in Biofuel Production

Scientists characterized catalysts to determine ability to convert methane to more valuable fuels

(December 2014)

Steam reforming turns methane from biomass into a mixture that can be further converted into transportation fuels. By combining experimental and theoretical approaches, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory determined key properties of potentially more durable rhodium and iridium catalysts, which drive the reactions. Small iridium particles proved fast and stable.

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Chris Mundy Named American Physical Society Fellow

(December 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Mundy at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on being named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, which was founded in 1899. Mundy received this honor for his "pioneering applications of Kohn-Sham density functional theory to further our understanding of complex processes that occur at the air-water interface."

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Scott Chambers Honored by American Physical Society for Outstanding Reviews

(December 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Chambers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on being named an outstanding referee of Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. He was selected by the American Physical Society for his high-quality reviews and advice. His award states that he has helped the journal "advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics, while creating a resource that is invaluable to authors, researchers, students and readers."


Dohnálek, Holladay Appointed to IIC Management Team

(November 2014)

Congratulations to Zdenek Dohnálek, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on being appointed Deputy Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC) at PNNL. IIC Director Dr. Johannes Lercher announced the creation of this position, and also the appointment of John Holladay, PNNL, as an IIC Associate Director on November 24.

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Weaving a Catalyst

Popular aluminum oxide created by interlacing different crystal forms

(November 2014)

The exhaust system in your car and the plastic cup holding your drink, along with countless other products, rely upon reactions driven by catalysts supported on aluminum oxides. Characterizing these aluminum oxides or alumina has been challenging. For the first time, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and FEI Company obtained an atomically resolved view of delta alumina. The team showed that the oxide is two crystal forms or variants woven together.

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