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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (lead institution)

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab logoBerkeley Lab is a multidisciplinary national laboratory that is home to the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, the National Center for Electron Microscopy, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and is a founding partner to the Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab provides expertise in bioinformatics, data management and biological modeling, in addition to being a world leader in advanced imaging, nanoscale biology, applied mathematics and biochemical design.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Lab logoLLNL is a preeminent national security laboratory. Their mission is to ensure the safety and security of the nation through applied science and technology in three key areas:  (1)  Nuclear Security — They ensure the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent and work to prevent nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism; (2) International and Domestic Security — They develop capabilities to counter terrorism and other emerging 21st-century threats and technologies to enhance U.S. military effectiveness and better protect the soldier; and (3) Energy and Environmental Security — They advance science.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachussetts Institute of Technology logoThe mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.  The MIT NCGC group ( will seek to determine the emergent properties and processes that result from the presence of CO2-bearing fluids in subsurface sedimentary rocks.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory logoORNL is a multiprogram science and technology national laboratory whose mission is to strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of basic and applied science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security. ORNL is home to the Spallation Neutron Center, the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Center for Nanophase Materials Science, the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory and the Center for Computational Sciences.

Ohio State University

Ohio State UniversityThe vision for The Ohio State University is to advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through creation and dissemination of knowledge. Through SEMCAL, the Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory, OSU NCGC researchers are interrogating the physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of subsurface sedimentary rocks reacted with CO2-bearing fluids.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL logoPNNL is a national resource for scientific and technological innovation. Our research addresses the need to increase U.S. energy capacity and reduce dependence on imported oil, reduce the effects of energy generation and use on the environment, and prevent and counter acts of terrorism. Working through multidisciplinary research teams and utilizing unique scientific facilities, PNNL provides leadership and innovation in the fields of chemical sciences, biology and climate physics. PNNL is home to the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), the Bioproducts Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BESL) and the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL).

University of California - Berkeley

UCB logoThe University of California Berkeley is one of the premier public research universities in the world.  Jill Banfield, a Professor in the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, is an expert in geomicrobiology, and contributes novel capabilities in molecular analysis of microbial community structure and function. Her group provides the NCCG with field-based microbial ecology of high CO2 environments,  bioinformatics capacity, and particularly via genome-resolved metagenomics analysis.

University of California - Davis

UC Davis Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory logoThe University of California at Davis has a rich variety of programs related to energy, ranging from materials science to biofuels to energy efficiency, Rge Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory is a world unique experimental calorimetry research facility, with capabilities focused on oxides, ceramics, nanomaterials and carbonates. It provides the NCGC equipment and expertise in the thermodynamics of solid materials and minerals relevant to subsurface CO2.

Washington Univeristy in St. Louis

Washington University in St. LouisWashington University’s educational mission is to develop students into bold, independent, and creative thinkers in a global society. For the NCGC, the Environmental NanoChemistry Laboratory (ENCL) ( develops in situ high pressure and temperature experimental tools and investigates the mechanisms and kinetics of the nucleation, growth, and phase transformation of carbonates in CO2–brine-mineral systems.