Three scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Don Baer, Alain Bonneville and Jud Virden will join other scientists and engineers from across the state recognized for scientific achievement and leadership.
Academy members provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making and work to increase the role and visibility of science in the state.
The academy was created in 2005 and has more than 220 members, including 11 PNNL staff members. In addition, academy president Subhash Singhal is a retired PNNL engineer who serves as an independent consultant to the laboratory.
Baer is a laboratory fellow at PNNL and the lead scientist for energy materials and processes at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a Department of Energy lab on the PNNL campus. He was recognized for advancements in understanding how physical and chemical pro-cesses at the surface of a material or nanoparticle influence the behavior of the material or its environment. In addition to research, he also helped develop the design and operational plan of EMSL.
Bonneville also is a laboratory fellow and led PNNL's previous research initiative on carbon sequestration. He serves as the scientific adviser on subsurface sciences for DOE's "FutureGen 2.0" project on carbon capture and storage. He was recognized for his achievements in geological sciences, including geodynamics of the South Pacific and development of new technologies for minimizing carbon dioxide emissions.
Virden is the associate laboratory director for energy and environmental research at PNNL, leading efforts focused on increasing the nation's energy capacity and reducing dependence on imported oil. He was recognized for his contributions toward solving clean energy and environmental challenges, as well as for his leadership in moving technologies into the marketplace.