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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.

ArtSea Inks and Material—a Sustainable Art Media for 2-D and 3-D Compositions

“From Rembrandt to Picasso, artists have been using the right combination of color and texture to conjure emotive responses. Today, artists have capitalized on the versatility of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, to create, restore, and modify …

To Reduce Vehicle Pollution, a Single Atom Can Do the Work of Several

“Researchers hit on a way to reduce precious metals in engine aftertreatment systems Your ride might be a modest one—but if it burns gasoline, you have precious metals on board. To reduce pollution at the tailpipe, gasoline cars and …

Longer-Lived Lithium-Metal Battery Marks Step Forward for Electric Vehicles

“PNNL scientists find solution to the sudden death common to the batteries Researchers have increased the lifetime of a promising electric vehicle battery to a record level, an important step toward the goal of lighter, less expensive and long-lasting batteries …

Real-Time Monitoring Tool Speeds Up Advanced Nuclear Reactor Development

“Across the nation, environmentally minded scientists and engineers are leading a new generation of nuclear reactor designs. They see nuclear power as a clean, carbon-free energy source along with hydropower, wind, and solar. Several of the innovative, next-generation reactor designs …

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 …