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PNNL develops novel catalyst to convert ethanol into C5+ keytones

PNNL develops novel catalyst to convert ethanol into C5+ keytones

November 11, 2020 |

In Washington state, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a novel catalyst that converts ethanol into C5+ ketones that can serve as building blocks for everything from solvents to jet fuel. In a new paper, they describe this breakthrough chemistry and the mechanism behind it. The catalyst developed at PNNL condenses multiple […]

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PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning toxic algal blooms into biocrude

PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning toxic algal blooms into biocrude

November 7, 2020 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center take their algae bloom research a step further by investigating blooms as a viable source of biocrude fuel and fertilizer using hydrothermal liquefaction. The team demonstrated a three-step approach that “cleans” the water, removes the algae and […]

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Electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude

Electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude

September 20, 2020 |

In Washington, a new review by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offer a solution to capture unused materials like sewage, food waste and wood chips: mini-refineries located near waste sources that process biomass using electrochemical reduction reactions powered by renewable energy and found that electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude. Well-known electrochemical reduction […]

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PNNL offers entire patented tech portfolio at no cost until end of 2020

PNNL offers entire patented tech portfolio at no cost until end of 2020

August 9, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering its entire portfolio of patented technologies on a research trial basis—at no cost—to spur economic development and ultimately create new jobs. Dozens of technologies could be deployed across U.S. markets spanning everything from analytical instruments, human health and agriculture to advanced manufacturing, […]

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PNNL researchers develop technology to boost use of ethanol as octane booster

PNNL researchers develop technology to boost use of ethanol as octane booster

May 27, 2020 |

In Washington state, technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system. Designed to work with a car’s existing fuel, the onboard separation technology is the first to use chemistry—not […]

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PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could lower emissions

PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could lower emissions

May 24, 2020 |

In Washington, an onboard separation technology developed by U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers is the first to use chemistry—not a physical membrane—to separate ethanol-blended gasoline into high- and low-octane fuel components and could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery […]

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PNNL researcher develop theoretical framework predicting how microbial communities interact

PNNL researcher develop theoretical framework predicting how microbial communities interact

December 30, 2019 |

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a new theoretical framework called minimal interspecies interaction adjustment (MIIA). It predicts how surrounding organisms and other factors drive changes in interactions in microbial communities. This new computational method improves our understanding of how microbes organize themselves into communities. It describes in detail how […]

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UC Santa Barbara and PNNL researchers to image microbial processes for waste-to-energy

UC Santa Barbara and PNNL researchers to image microbial processes for waste-to-energy

November 7, 2019 |

In California, local press reports that researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara together with those from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will image microbial processes used in waste-to-energy production as part of a $2.25 million Department of Energy grant aimed at improving biofuel production. They believe the guts of herbivores will provide […]

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PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics

PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics

July 20, 2019 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have developed a model that predicts outcomes from the algae hydrothermal liquefaction process in a way that mirrors commercial reality much more closely than previous analyses. They found that algae with higher lipid content is key to reducing costs, and that two factors—algae composition and capital investment—are the […]

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Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

July 14, 2019 |

In Washington, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington School of Medicine demonstrated that artificial proteins engineered from scratch were assembled into nanorod arrays, designer filaments and honeycomb lattices on the surface of mica, demonstrating control over the way proteins interact with surfaces to form complex structures […]

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