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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.

Negative POM ions distributed on supercapacitor

Cleaning up Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and Lifespan

New way of designing supercapacitor-battery electrodes eliminates interference from inactive components

(May 2016)

For the first time, a team of scientists has put together a functioning battery using ion soft-landing. The technique allows scientists to build an electrode surface very specifically with only the most desirable molecules out of a complex mixture of raw components.

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The Hard Facts about Soft Landing Ions

Scientists review cutting-edge techniques that offer insights into processes of interest for energy production, storage, and catalysis

(April 2016)

When determining how complex molecules drive reactions relevant to fuel production, pollution abatement, and energy storage, scientists often contend with unrelated molecules that obscure their studies. Some researchers avoid these troublemakers by using ion soft- and reactive-landing techniques that sort the molecules by their mass-to-charge ratio, kinetic energy, and ionic charge state. The scientists can concentrate the purified molecules into a beam and control its size, shape, and position to prepare highly tailored films and structures. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Dr. Julia Laskin, Dr. Grant Johnson, and Dr. Don Gunaratne took on the challenge of reviewing these techniques. Their article covers hundreds of studies.

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Cobalt Gets the Job Done

Catalyst produces hydrogen through steam reforming of biomass-derived ethylene glycol

(April 2016)

Hydrogen production through steam reforming biomass-derived compounds is an economically feasible and environmentally benign way to efficiently use renewable energy resources. A recent study by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory compared the hydrogen yield achieved by several different metal catalysts used for steam reforming ethylene glycol. The findings show a cobalt catalyst had a much higher hydrogen yield than rhodium or nickel catalysts, making it a promising catalyst for steam reforming ethylene glycol for hydrogen production.

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