Research towards a clean energy future.
December 2016
Jud Virden Elected to AAAS Fellow
Associate Laboratory Director Jud Virden has been elected to the rank of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society which seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." Virden oversees PNNL's energy and environmental research activities. He was recognized for his leadership in developing solutions to clean energy challenges and developing partnerships that move technology into the marketplace... read more.
A subsurface imaging software that combines supercomputing data analysis with real-time imaging and modeling capabilities is one of the 100 most innovative scientific breakthroughs of the year. Real-time Four-Dimensional Subsurface Imaging Software, or E4D-RT, and its inventor, PNNL scientist Tim Johnson, were recognized November 3 at the R&D 100 Awards ceremony near Washington, D.C. The software allows researchers to remotely look into the Earth's subsurface... read more.
Efficient Buildings Buildings

Lighting upgrade led to unexpected health benefits for seniors at the ACC Care Center... read more.
The Illuminating Engineering Society appointed Naomi Miller as At-Large-Director of the IES Board of Directors... read more.

Transportation Transportation
Wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into fuel, thanks to research at PNNL... read more.
Ken Rappe and Mark Stewart are on the team that won the 2015 USCAR Team Award... read more.
Researchers at PNNL evaluated microscopy and spectroscopy methods to gain a clearer understanding of coking in catalysts... read more.

Power GridGrid
PNNL hosted the 5th Workshop on Next-Gen Analytics for the Future Power Grid... read more.
Engineer Zhenyu "Henry" Huang was elevated to the grade of Fellow of the IEEE... read more.
Engineer Yousu Chen received the 2016 IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Leadership Award... read more.
Energy Storage Storage
PNNL researcher Jun Liu is among the most highly cited scientists in the world, based on the 2016 Highly Cited Researcher list from Clarivate Analytics. The list features scientists whose citations rank in the top one percent within 22 subject areas. Liu was recognized for important contributions in two of those areas: chemistry and materials science. His work in these two areas encompasses materials synthesis, characterization, and energy storage... read more.
Renewable EnergyRenewable
Wind energy devices and system database provides users with environmental impact data... read more.
Small, long-lasting new fish tags allow researchers to better study the lives of adult species... read more.
Researchers at PNNL studied variables in wind speed and power, finding that wind power can range from 20 to 100 percent of rated power... read more.

Zhaoqing Yang will serve as editor of Renewable Energy journal's Ocean Energy and Offshore Wind section... read more.

Fossil EnergyFossil 
Finding better options for carbon dioxide capture is laborious and expensive. Each new solvent can take months to create and longer to test, but scientists at PNNL have found a new way. They created and validated a computational model that predicts how easily a solvent will flow and how much carbon it will capture. The model offers definitive, accurate predictions about different carbon-capture solvents and can show the potential capture properties of a solvent... read more.
Nuclear Energy Nuclear

Researchers at PNNL have joined a multinational team that is measuring stress on simulated spent fuel during shipment... read more.
John Vienna won PNNL's 2016 Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award... read more.

Scientists from PNNL are among the 24,000 who flood into San Francisco this week for the Dec. 12-16 meeting of the American Geophysical Union - the world's largest gathering of Earth and space researchers. See what they're up to at

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