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The facility also has necessary ancillary equipment for specimen preparation, such as for final steps of macromolecule purification, tissue culture lab, grid preparation and vitrification robots. We offer these facilities to the scientific community for end-stage specimen preparation, high-throughput data collection, and real-time data evaluation, either in-person or on-line via remote submission of vitrified grids. It allows researchers to prepare samples, collect data at high speed and assess the quality of that data on the fly so they can make the best use of their experimental time. They can carry out experiments in person or remotely.
NREL's Fuel Combustion Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on characterizing fuels at the molecular level. This information can then be used to understand and predict a fuel's effect on engine performance and emissions. By understanding the effects of fuel chemistry on ignition, as well as the potential emissions impacts, we can develop fuels that enable more efficient engine designs, using both today's technology and future advanced combustion concepts.
The Renewable Fuels and Lubricants (ReFUEL) Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a state-of-the-art research and testing facility for advanced fuels and vehicles. Research and development focuses on overcoming barriers to the increased use of renewable diesel and other nonpetroleum-based fuels, such as biodiesel and synthetic diesel derived from biomass.
The ReFUEL Laboratory features a heavy-duty chassis dynamometer for vehicle performance and emissions research, two engine dynamometer test cells for advanced fuels research, and precise emissions analysis equipment. As a complement to these capabilities, detailed studies of fuel properties, with a focus on ignition characteristics, are performed at NREL’s Fuel Chemistry Laboratory. Because the ReFUEL Laboratory is located in Denver, Colorado, it offers the additional capability of testing emissions and vehicle performance at high altitude. It also features an altitude simulation system to mimic results found at lower altitudes, including sea level.
The ReFUEL Laboratory is one of the few facilities in the United States with a chassis dynamometer that operates with laboratory-grade emissions analysis equipment. The dynamometer is supported by 72 data acquisition channels along with fuel metering and combustion analysis subsystems. It can test the performance and emissions of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles—from small trucks and delivery vans to full-size buses and Class 8 tractors.
For more information, please visit the ReFUEL website.
The Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit (TCPDU) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has state-of-the-art equipment for thermochemical process development and testing, ranging from catalyst and feedstock characterizations to bench-scale reactors to pilot plants.
To collaborate on research and development efforts, use the TCPDU equipment to test your materials and processes, or for more general information, please visit the TCPDU website.
The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory provides ultra-bright, high-energy storage ring-generated x-ray beams for research in almost all scientific disciplines. Today researches have been using the APS to develop the next generation of batteries, improve the durability of 3-D printed alloys, and maximizing the efficiency of chemical processes like electroysis. The knowledge gained from this research is impacting the evolution of combustion engines and microcircuits, aiding in the development of new pharmaceuticals, and pioneering nanotechnologies. The goals of the APS are to:
- Operate a highly reliable third-generation synchrotron x-ray radiation source;
- Foster a productive environment for conducting research;
- Enhance the capabilities available to users of the APS facility;
- Assure the safety of the facility users and staff and the environment;
- Maintain an organization that provides a rewarding environment that fosters professional growth, and;
- Optimize the scientific and technological contribution to the Department of Energy and society from research carried out at the APS.
The APS welcomes industrial users conducting both proprietary and nonproprietary research and considers requests for work ranging from short-term feasibility studies to long-term research projects, either on a stand-alone basis or in collaboration with facility or academic colleagues.
- Non-air sensitive synthesis;
- Air-sensitive synthesis;
- Liquid batch reactor systems;
- Fixed bed reactor systems;
- Gas chromatography;
- Liquid chromatography;
- Dynamic light scattering analysis;
- X-ray diffraction;
- Cyclic voltammetry.
The Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) is a unique laser user facility for research in High Energy Density science. Its three diverse laser platforms offer researchers a wide range of capabilities to produce and explore states of matter under extreme conditions of high density, pressure, and temperature. Titan is a dual-beam platform with a nanosecond, kJ long-pulse beam and a femtosecond, petawatt short-pulse beam derived from a neodymium-glass laser system. Janus is also based on the same neodymium-glass laser system but configured for operation with two nanosecond, kJ beams. COMET is a neodymium-glass laser system designed for the generation of laboratory X-ray lasers. You may submit a proposal for laser time.
The Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) User Program is open to all qualified applicants; US and non-US PIs are welcome to submit proposals. Using technical evaluations from experts both in and outside LLNL, proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the JLF advisory committee based on scientific and/or programmatic quality, impact, and feasibility. Typically, platforms are over-requested by a factor of two or more.
- Combinatorial Nanoscience – This theme focuses on the rational design of targeted nanostructured materials.
- Functional Nanointerfaces – This theme centers on understanding and design of the physical and chemical properties of hybrid nanomaterials, defined as integrated materials composed of highly contrasting components, such as inorganic nanomaterials, organic supermolecular assemblies, and complex living organisms.
- Multimodal Nanoscale Imaging – This theme develops and applies multiple spectroscopic and imaging technologies – including high-resolution flagship electron microscopies, scanned probe microscopies, and hyperspectral (nano)optical methods and imaging probes – to investigate structural and dynamic nanoscale phenomena in hard and soft nanostructured materials in solid-state, liquid, and vapor environments.
- Single-Digit Nanofabrication and Assembly – This theme aims to organize and structure material with critical features of dimensions at or below 10 nm, i.e., on the single-digit nanometer and atomic scales, to create nanoscale devices and architectures in inorganic, biological, or hybrid systems.
The Foundry also offers a mechanism for users to perform proprietary work, which requires an approved, peer-reviewed proposal and a Proprietary User Agreement (PUA). Under a PUA, incoming user data may be proprietary; the user may keep their generated research results private; the user performs all research on the project; Foundry staff may provide technical assistance but do not generate data; and the user pays for the full costs of use of the facility and staff assistance.