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.

Online Learning Resources

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

Quantum Matter Working Group Agenda 2020
July 27 to August 7, 2020

Visit the Quantum Matter Working Group webpage for more information.

Scientific and Historic Impacts from the Manhattan Project - Student Symposium


2019 Manhattan Project Educational Materials
Contact Kelly Shea at (505) 667-9244 for copies.

  • Introductions – Dr. Filip Ronning and Dr. Alexander Balatsky
  • History of Manhattan Project – Dr. Alan Carr
  • History of Weapons and Science – Dr. Mark Chadwick
  • Materials & Manhattan Project – Dr. Sig Hecker
  • Physics Underpinnings – Dr. James L. Smith
  • Actinide Chemistry – Dr. David L. Clark
  • Nonproliferation in the Modern World – Dr. Galina Balatsky and Dr. Parrish Staples
  • Panel Discussion – Dr. Joseph Martz Moderator

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.

Lecture focuses
  • Flexible electronics
  • Condensed matter
  • Defects in materials
  • Emergent Phenomena
  • Materials in Extreme Environments
Materials focus areas
  • “Summer of Light” 2015 (science of light sources)
  • “Summer of Mesoscale Science” 2016 (synthesis and characterization of mesoscale matter)
  • "Dynamic Summer” 2017 (Dynamic and Functional Materials)
  • "Quantum Summer" 2018
  • "Topological Summer" 2019
  • TBD 2020

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.

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.

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