RICHLAND -- Two Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have been picked for Early Career Research Awards from the Department of Energy that include $2.5 million grants over five years.
Both scientists at the DOE national lab in Richland will use the grants to advance research involving underground contamination and computer modeling.
Matthew Marshall will study microbial biofilms, which are large communities of bacteria growing on surfaces. Learning more about the chemical composition of microbial biofilms also could improve understanding of how contaminants are transported underground.
Alexandre Tartakovsky plans to develop new, simplified models to simulate complex molecular processes on powerful supercomputers. The goal is to improve computer modeling, which is widely used in scientific research, so that larger problems can be simulated faster and more accurately.
They are among 65 researchers who were selected this year from a pool of about 1,150 applicants.
The Early Career Research Program is designed to bolster the nation's scientific work force by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.
To be eligible for an award, a researcher must have received a doctorate within the past 10 years and be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national lab.