Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


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902 Battelle Blvd.
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
United States

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Among the national laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)-operated by Battelle for more than 40 years has a rich history of matching world-leading scientific solutions to marketplace needs. As one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ten national laboratories, managed by DOE's Office of Science, PNNL performs interdisciplinary research for other DOE offices as well as government agencies, universities, and industry to deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet today's key national needs.

Located in Richland, Wash., the Laboratory has approximately 4,200 staff members and a business volume of nearly $900 million. The William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science national scientific user facility, is located on PNNL's Richland campus. PNNL operates a marine research facility in Sequim, Wash., and has satellite offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; and Washington, D.C.

Battelle has operated PNNL for DOE and its predecessors since 1965. A unique feature of Battelle's contract with DOE is the private research to be conducted using government facilities.


PNNL's mission is to deliver leadership and advancements in science, energy, national security and the environment for the benefit of the U.S. Department of Energy and the nation. More specifically, the Laboratory focuses on research that:

  • Strengthens U.S. scientific foundations for innovation
  • Increases U.S. energy capacity and reduces dependence on imported oil
  • Prevents and counters terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Reduces the environmental effects of human activities and creates sustainable systems.

Technology Disciplines

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Apparatus for thermal swing adsorption and thermally-enhanced pressure swing adsorption
Automated Centrifugal Chiller Diagnostician
Automated fluid analysis apparatus and techniques
Autonomous sensor fish to support advanced hydropower development
Binary Cultivation in Photobioreactors
Bonded Compliant Seal (BCS)
Compositions and methods for treating nuclear fuel
Corona method and apparatus for altering carbon containing compounds
Decision Support for Operations and Maintenance (DSOM)


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Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL)
Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL)
Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL)
Atmospheric Measurements Laboratory (AML)
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research (ARM)
Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL)
Computational Science Facility (CSF)
Computational Science Facility (CSF)
Computational Science Facility (CSF)
Computational Science Facility (CSF)



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Getting a new technology business started or advancing a new product in the marketplace can be challenging. To get off the ground, you often need additional funding sources to help sustain the business until the front door opens.

PNNL's EDO can be a resource for locating funding opportunities. We can help you locate government financing resources or point you to someone who can support your search for private capital.

-Below is a link that will redirect you to available funding opportunities.

Open to current or recent graduate students at the Masters, Doctoral or Post-Doctoral level in relevant STEM fields (including those who have received the graduate degree within the past three years), the Rose Award provides for an academic year residency at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) including a three-week orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., conducted by the American Councils for International Education in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Rose Education Award commemorates the legacy of Robert Rose, founder of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council, the national trade association for fuel cell technologies in the U. S., which became the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association. Rose is well-known worldwide for his achievements in advancing hydrogen and fuel cell systems and paving the way for the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program over two decades ago.

Program Goals and Organizations. Established in 2018 by the American Councils for International Education in cooperation with Breakthrough Technologies Institute/Rose Institute for Strategic Energy (BTI/RISE) and Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Division (Battelle), operator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Rose Education Award was created to expand opportunities for graduate students, recent graduates, and early-career professionals from the U.S. and around the world to gain firsthand experience studying and working with leading US specialists in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at PNNL.

Eligibility. The Rose Award will be provided annually or biannually on a competitive basis to US or international graduate students in a relevant STEM field at the M.A. and Ph.D. level and/or to recent graduates who are currently engaged in a relevant area of STEM study or research.

Initial Round of Awards: For the 2019-2020 academic year, awards will be open to qualified applicants with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States. While future awards may focus on broader clean energy topics, the first round will focus on hydrogen safety, a key enabler for the widespread deployment and successful commercial viability of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Applications from candidates of traditionally under-represented groups in the STEM fields are particularly encouraged.

Placement. Rose Award recipients are expected to remain in residence at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, for a period of 8/9 months following an initial three-week introductory seminar organized in cooperation with the US Department of Energy in Washington, D. C. There is currently no financial provision for the support of dependents of Rose Award recipients.

Terms of Rose Education Awards: Rose Awardees will receive a stipend of $25,000 to $35,000, for the full program, payable in monthly installments for the duration of the program, health insurance, round-trip travel from their home to Washington, D.C., and then to Richland (WA), as well as a professional development subsidy for attendance at one professional conferences. Additionally, American Councils program staff will provide necessary logistical and other support for Awardees over the course of their internship, including an orientation conference at the start of the program.

Application Requirements: The competition for the Rose Award is open and merit-based.

  • A completed online application form:
  • Personal statement of academic and professional interest and relevance to goals and resources of PNNL and the Rose Award (maximum 500 words)
  • Updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Citizenship (Photocopy of ID page of passport or proof of permanent residency)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or recent faculty member)
  • Applicants for the Rose Award must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent and submit official transcripts of all college- and university-level coursework from the past five years.

Letters of recommenders are asked to comment on the candidate’s qualifications, including technical skills as well as communication skills (both oral and writing skills) for undertaking the proposed program at this time.

Participants must have the necessary academic background for participating in substantial project work at PNNL. In addition, as the selected candidates will work on government funded research at PNNL, a DOE owned facility, the selected candidates will be required to comply with DOE requirements for access to PNNL and access to information generated at PNNL. Continued participation in the program will be contingent upon meeting the access requirements in effect.

All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, marital status, family responsibilities, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability.

Your application must be submitted to Adrian Erlinger, Program Manager ( in the order given by June 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Any documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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Low-cost, large-scale energy storage is a priority not only for integrating renewable energy like wind and solar into the electrical grid but also to improve the reliability of the nation’s power grid. Experts consider a type of battery called redox flow batteries the most promising option; however, operational challenges and high cost have impeded widespread adoption.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) redox flow battery technology increased the batteries’ energy density by 70 percent, expanded the operational temperature range by 80 percent, and reduced the overall system cost by nearly 40 percent for an 8-hour energy storage system.

PNNL negotiated licenses with five commercial partners, an achievement that won a national Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 2013 and a Deals of Distinction Award from the Licensing Executives Society the same year. One of the licensees, UniEnergy, launched its first product in 2014. At a press conference featuring UniEnergy’s and utilities’ roles in Washington State’s Clean Energy Fund, Governor Jay Inslee called the PNNL-developed battery system “world-class technology that is going to put renewable energy to work.” UniEnergy has already created 45 jobs.

DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability funded the research and development for the advanced battery. UniEnergy benefitted from PNNL’s Technology Assistance Program, which provided a week of technical assistance at no cost to the company. Another licensee, Aartha USA, is collaborating directly with PNNL to customize the technology for its use.

Finding Disease Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Identifying molecules that indicate disease, known as biomarkers, promises to significantly improve human health through early diagnosis and customized treatment. However, improved research instruments are needed to separate and identify specific molecules that make up these biomarkers.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed an instrument that can process these complex samples rapidly and accurately, detecting rare yet important molecules for early disease diagnosis. This instrument combines two complementary analysis techniques in one instrument. It is called CoMet, short for Combined Orthogonal Mobility and Mass Evaluation Technology. No other single instrument on the market can do what CoMet does. It won an R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine in 2013.

PNNL and Agilent Technologies, a California-based measurement systems company with customers in more than 100 countries, collaborated to develop, engineer, and test the technology and validate its market need and value. In 2013, Agilent licensed the CoMet technology. The company introduced the instrument to its customers at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry conference in 2013 and began taking orders on its commercial model the following year.



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