Los Alamos National LaboratoryInstitute for Materials Science
Incubate - Innovate - Integrate

Institute for Materials Science

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of materials science


  • Director
  • Filip Ronning
  • Institute for Materials Science
  • (505) 667-7426
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  • Deputy Director
  • Abigail Hunter
  • XCP-5: Materials and Physical Data
  • (505) 606-0765
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Vanessa Gonzales
  • (505) 665 3382
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Quantum Matter Working Group Presenter 2019

Quantum Matter Working Group Presenter 2019

Who we are and what we do

IMS is the interdisciplinary research and educational center in NSEC focused on fostering the advancement of materials science at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Defining research directions and serving as a focal point for materials research collaboration inside and outside the laboratory are fundamental elements of our mission.
IMS supports new, cutting-edge science and incubates both long and short-term work to catalyze innovations in materials science, new capabilities, and breakthrough science. This is put into play by hosting, funding, and sponsoring a range of speakers, seminars, colloquia, research, educational opportunities, workshops, conferences, and collaborations.

Racism, Inequality, and Discrimination Will Not Be Tolerated

The IMS is deeply disturbed by the recent events, which have yet again laid bare the systemic racism, inequality, and discrimination in our society. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central tenants for scientific innovation. This cannot be achieved when entire communities are faced with racism and inequality. We must recognize that systemic racism has not only led to these recent tragic events, but are responsible for the disproportionate incarceration of people of color, persistent income inequalities for minorities, and the fact that black women are three times more likely to die during child birth than white women. These are just a few examples, but begin to highlight that challenges faced by underrepresented communities.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are an essential elements of scientific discovery and innovation, and the IMS is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all people regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The IMS stands together with all who strive to eliminate the challenges and barriers faced by underrepresented groups in science and in everyday life.  

Virtual Library

Check out videos of previous materials talks.

20 Years of the 115's: past, present, and future

Workshop is closed but please check out recorded videos on the conference site.  

Rapid Response Proposal Calls

No Calls at this time. New call should come out in Oct.

IMS Rapid Response Roundup, Oct. 5th, 2022, 9am-noon, Sig Hecker Conf Room

NSEC Quantum Sensing Rapid Response Roundup, Oct 4th, 2022, 1pm-2:15pm, Sig Hecker Conf Room

IMS Materials Summer School

IMS developed an annual lecture series to expose LANL summer student population to the broad range of great materials science performed at the Lab through a series of science talks by our top scientists and facility tours.

IMS Distinguished Faculty Scholar Program

Call for Proposals is now open.  Due Oct. 12, 2022.  Go to link for more information. Contact kshea@lanl.gov for more information.

Online Learning Resources

Check out our compilation of free learning resources for LANL employees and students.

Student Symposium
Scientific and Historic Impacts from the Manhattan Project

2019 Manhattan Project Educational Materials

2019 Manhattan Project symposium graphic

2019 Manhattan Project Educational Materials

Contact Kelly Shea at (505) 667-9244 for copies.

Distinguished Lecture Series and Visiting Scholar Program

IMS has developed the IMS Distinguished Lecture Series and the Visiting Scholar Program to foster the integration of the Los Alamos materials community while also developing disruptive concepts in materials science. These National Academy caliber scientists spend from several days to several months at Los Alamos, meeting with students, postdocs, and staff members. While these lectures occur over the entire year, IMS particularly packs the house in the summer months in ‘focus areas’ where multiple speakers may come at one time to actively engage the LANL community on specific topics. 

Workshops and Conferences

IMS holds and sponsors a series of workshops and conferences to advance various fields and to bring new thought and capabilities to Los Alamos.

Selected Publication

Beaux, Miles, "Floating ultralight craft could deliver worldwide internet", Albuquerque Journal, January 26, 2018.