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IIC's Director Message

Johannes Lercher

Welcome to the first issue of Transformations, a publication of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Before you think to yourself, "not another newsletter," I ask that you consider this an opportunity to review new research and applications for catalysis science, as we work together to address some of the energy challenges facing our country today. America and the world are at a crossroads, and these are challenges that will require interdisciplinary leadership and collaboration across academia, industry and the national labs.

Chemical transformations are at the heart of energy production and use, and catalysis lies at the core of efficiently and effectively using our current energy sources, developing alternatives, and reducing environmental impacts. I joined PNNLs Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC) in 2011 because we have the people and capabilities at PNNL to make a difference in the world.

Our scientific goal is to understand how to design catalytic structures to control activity and selectivity, and then put this understanding to use. Our work and our collaboration with others include catalysis for upgrading biomass feedstocks; for chemical energy storage, retrieval, and use; and for emission control of fuel-efficient vehicles.

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