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PNNL scientist garners early career presidential award
Date:7/10/2009

ng that activity allows researchers to trap contaminants and in some cases transform them into harmless minerals. Similar processes occur when injected carbon dioxide meets what's underground.

According to Mike Kluse, PNNL's laboratory director, Tartakovsky's award emphasizes the importance of computational science in solving complex energy and environmental challenges.

"Alex has been developing and using computational tools to help us understand how contaminants and water move through and interact with the rocks and bacterial communities in the subsurface. This work can lead to better solutions for environmental remediation and carbon storage."

Tartatovsky performs some of his research at EMSL, DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory on the PNNL campus. He earned a master's degree in hydromechanics and applied mathematics from Kazan State University in Russia in 1994, and a doctorate in hydrology from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2002. He started at PNNL in 2004 after a postdoctoral stint at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory. He also teaches and supervises student researchers as an adjunct professor in civil and environmental engineering at Washington State University, Tri-Cities.

Each PECASE award winner will receive a citation, a plaque and a commitment from their agency for continued funding of their work for five years. Tartakovsky is one of 12 recipients of the award through the DOE, and one of four from DOE national laboratories managed or co-managed by Battelle.


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Contact: Mary Beckman
mary.beckman@pnl.gov
509-375-3688
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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