National security depends on science and technology. The United States relies on Los Alamos National Laboratory for the best of both. No place on Earth pursues a broader array of world-class scientific endeavors.
The scientific and technical area of materials has been a foundational capability at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the Laboratory’s inception. The materials capability encompasses a wide array of technical disciplines, research topics, organizations, and sponsors.
Los Alamos National Laboratory's vision for its Materials Science Pillar is intentional control of the functionality materials. We will achieve this vision through the discovery science and engineering required to establish design principles, synthesis pathways, and manufacturing processes for advanced and new materials. Our materials science capability is driven by scientific challenges in understanding defects and interfaces in materials, exploiting emergent phenomena, and enabling materials performance in extreme environment. Six key areas of leadership have been identified:
Los Alamos scientists use equipment like the single-turn electromagnet to create some of the strongest magnetic fields on Earth. The fields are important to experiments that build a better understanding of advanced materials.
- Materials Dynamics
- Actinide and Correlated Electron Materials
- Energetic Materials
- Complex Functional Materials
- Materials in Radiation Extremes
- and Integrated Nano-Materials
This materials program enables innovative research and development at the boundaries of chemistry, physics, theory, and materials science that translates fundamental discovery to materials production in strategic areas such as actinide science.