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Accelerating Electric Vehicles—and Next-Generation Scientists—at PNNL

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Luis Estevez, a Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is researching porous materials with tunable properties for use as electrodes in energy storage devices from batteries to supercapacitors.

By being able to modify the porous structure (from the nanoscale on up) of the materials, Estevez can fine-tune the electrode for the specific application in mind, potentially increasing energy storage. The goal is to provide electric vehicles with lighter power plants to better enable them to compete with their internal combustion-driven counterparts.

PNNL's Pauling Fellowship is designed to mentor and support the next generation of scientists and engineers who will push the boundaries of science to world-recognized discoveries. PNNL fellows are selected annually and hired with full funding to design and conduct a major research project of their choice for up to 3 years. The 2017 application process is expected to open up this summer.

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