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Materials Physics and Applications

We develop new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by exploring and exploiting materials and their properties; developing practical applications of materials, and providing world-class user facilities.

Contact Us  

  • Division Leader
  • Andrew Dattelbaum
  • Email
  • Deputy Division Leader
  • Jennifer Martinez
  • Email
  • Division Office
  • (505) 665-1131

MPA Mission

We conduct world-class research in materials science at the atomic, nano-, meso-, and macroscopic scales and enable the development of new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by

  • discovering materials and exploring their properties,
  • developing new characterization tools and practical applications of materials,
  • understanding and exploiting quantum phenomena, and
  • providing world-class user facilities.


MPA, as LANL’s flagship experimental fundamental science organization, is sought out across LANL as the premier partner for solving the world’s most difficult scientific problems.

Key capabilities
  • Actinide chemistry
  • Advanced separation technologies
  • Electro-magnet design
  • Extreme high magnetic fields
  • Hydrogen storage and fuel cells
  • Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization
  • Sensors: acoustic, hydrogen, high explosive
  • Spectroscopy (neutron, NMR, NIR-VIS)
  • Strongly correlated materials
  • Ultrafast materials and optical science
  • MPA Materials Matter, an electronic newsletter featuring interviews with staff from Materials Physics and Applications and news of awards and the latest research published in peer-reviewed journals.