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Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Chemistry, Life, and Earth Sciences

The CLES Directorate is home to world class capabilities in chemistry, bioscience, and earth and environmental sciences.
  • Structural protein research

    Structural protein research

    A wide range of protein folding research

  • Field Instrument Deployments and Operations (FIDO)

    Field Instrument Deployments and Operations (FIDO)

    Atmospheric science research

  • Quantum Dots

    Quantum Dots

    Quantum dot research for energy and light

Contact Us  

  • Associate Director
  • Nan Sauer
  • Deputy Associate Director
  • Antoinette Taylor (Toni)
  • Directorate Office
  • (505) 606-2266

The Chemistry, Life, and Earth Sciences Directorate (ADCLES) is home to three divisions and thirteen capability-focused groups whose work spans the Laboratory's major mission areas of stockpile stewardship, global security, and energy security.

A few of our key capabilities are listed below and additional detail can be found in the division organizational pages.

Key scientific capabilities

Bioscience

  • Novel vaccines and therapeutics
  • Biofuels from algae and plants
  • Discovering and managing disease threats

Chemistry

  • Analytical chemistry and measurement science 
  • Physical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy
  • Isotope and actinide science
  • Nuclear and radiochemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Material processing and characterization
  • Chemical engineering
  • Function and dynamics of living systems

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Environmental systems and predicting climate effects
  • Subsurface flow and transport in porous media
  • Microscale, mesoscale, and global-scale atmospheric phenomena
  • Nuclear explosion-induced atmospheric physics and modeling of wildland and urban fire phenomena
  • Carbon capture and utilization science
  • Next generation ecosystem experiments
  • Vegetation mortality experiments
  • Earthquake triggering
  • Ground-based explosion monitoring
  • Medical and seismic imaging
  • Nondestructive evaluation

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