At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, we're moving the boundaries of science through our interdisciplinary approach to solving challenges in energy and the environment, national security and fundamental sciences. It's these advancements today that will bring about big changes for tomorrow—in our nation and in the world.
Powered by the creativity and imagination of more than 4,000 exceptional scientists, engineers and support professionals, at PNNL we advance the frontiers of science and address some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment and national security. As DOE’s premier chemistry, environmental sciences and data analytics laboratory, we provide national leadership in four areas: • deepening our understanding of climate science • inventing the future power grid • preventing nuclear proliferation • speeding environmental remediation.
Other areas where we make important contributions include energy storage, microbial biology and cyber security. PNNL also is home to EMSL (the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory), one of DOE’s scientific user facilities.
We apply these science strengths to address both national and international problems in complex adaptive systems that are too difficult for one institution to tackle alone. Take earth systems, for instance. The earth is a complex adaptive system because it involves everything from climate and microbial communities in the soil to emissions from cars and coal-powered industrial plants. All of these factors and others ultimately influence not only our environment and overall quality of life, but cause the earth to adapt in ways that must be further addressed. PNNL researchers are playing a vital role in finding solutions across every area of this complex adaptive system.
In the following web pages you’ll learn more about how some of our researchers are helping address other systems in energy and security. I encourage you to listen as these spirited discoverers share the personal commitment and passion they bring to transforming the world. Better yet, we welcome your help and engagement, and invite you to join us as a collaborator or new hire.
I’m also personally committed to pushing the boundaries of science so that we all benefit from a reliable power grid, travel safer through airports, drive more efficient automobiles, and much more.
Now, come see how our researchers are advancing science to improve the lives of millions.
At PNNL, we believe that greater energy efficiency, improved technologies for enabling renewables, such as wind, water, solar, and biomass, and new vehicle technology, including storage systems for electric vehicles, can lead to timely solutions to our nation's energy challenges. We are a team of materials scientists, economists, analysts, and engineers, who are finding more efficient ways to use energy resources in transportation, buildings, and industry, and advancing clean, renewable energy.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is one of the world's premier providers of research for solving complex environmental challenges and protecting natural resources. We are making your water, soil and air cleaner by finding effective ways to treat and dispose of waste and environmental contamination.
The Computational Sciences & Mathematics Division focuses on merging high-performance computing with data-centric analysis capabilities to solve significant problems in energy, the environment, and national security. PNNL has made scientific breakthroughs and advanced frontiers in high-performance computer science, computational biology and bioinformatics, subsurface simulation modeling, and multiscale mathematics.
Our researchers within National Security at PNNL focus on delivering high-impact, science-based, practical solutions to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We are committed to making our world safe and more secure.