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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is one of the United States Department of Energy national laboratories, managed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. The main campus of the laboratory is in Richland, Washington.

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What A Crystal Reveals About Nuclear Materials Processing

“PNNL researchers devise a new method to analyze Hanford site plutonium microcrystals. While studying legacy contaminated soil samples from the Plutonium Finishing Plant waste crib at the Hanford Site (Richland, WA), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers located and extracted …

“Better” Copper Means Higher-Efficiency Electric Motors

“New manufacturing process yields highest conductivity copper composites at bulk scale Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have increased the conductivity of copper wire by about five percent. That may seem like a small amount but it can make …

Supercooled Water Is a Stable Liquid, Scientists Show for the First Time

“First-ever measurements provide evidence that extremely cold liquid water exists in two distinct structures that co-exist and vary in proportion dependent on temperature Supercooled water is really two liquids in one. That’s the conclusion reached by a research team …

Natural Radiation Can Interfere with Quantum Computers

“A multi-disciplinary research team has shown that radiation from natural sources in the environment can limit the performance of superconducting quantum bits, known as qubits. The discovery, reported today in the journal Nature, has implications for the construction and operation …

Building a Better Battery - Faster

“Machine learning helps researchers and developers design lithium-metal batteries Battery experts at PNNL and elsewhere focus on developing rechargeable lithium-metal batteries because of their high energy density. Lithium-metal batteries have the potential to double the energy of lithium-ion batteries commonly …

A Leap in Using Silicon for Battery Anodes

“The same material you’ll find at the tip of a pencil—graphite—has long been a key component in today’s lithium-ion batteries. As our reliance on these batteries increases, however, graphite-based electrodes are due for an upgrade. For …

Taking the Quantum Leap!

“What’s in store for the future of computing? Steven Ashby, director at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, tackles the tale of its advancement in the latest issue of CIO Review. Beginning in 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy will …

From Brrrr to Vroom: New Additives Promise Better Performance for Electric Cars in Cold Weather

“Electrolyte additives can boost lithium-ion battery temperature range New additives can help lithium-ion batteries perform over a wider range of temperatures, a potential boon for electric cars, a new study finds. Electric cars struggle with extreme temperatures, which can degrade …

Precision Control of Complex Electrochemical Interfaces for Separations

“Researchers working within PNNL’s Separations Science program succeeded in coupling a highly controlled way of modifying surfaces, called ion soft landing, with a PNNL-designed and built electrochemical cell to achieve precise control over the chemical composition of complex …

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

“Confirming a century-old prediction could help scientists construct new classes of materials A new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers …