Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Los Alamos Mesoscale Materials Science

By understanding the mesoscale, we are revolutionizing the discovery, design, and application of new materials in support of our national security science mission and basic science needs.
Conquering Mesoscale

Conquering the mesoscale: As the science questions of the next decade are anticipated, experimental insights on material performance at the mesoscale are a clear challenge; one fit for Los Alamos in partnership with our sister labs and academia.


What is the mesoscale

The mesoscale is the spatial scale beyond the atomic, molecular, and nanoscale, where a material’s structure strongly influences its macroscopic behaviors and properties. Probing, characterizing—and ultimately controlling—materials at the mesoscale is challenging, requiring advanced experimental tools and modeling techniques coupled with the power of exascale computing to capture the complex phenomena at work.

Why mesoscale science matters

Leaders in the nation’s materials community recognize the transformative opportunities—from new technologies, to solutions to societal problems, to novel fundamental science discoveries—represented by a thorough understanding of the mesoscale[1-5].

Mesoscale science at Los Alamos

With a better understanding of materials at the mesoscale, Los Alamos National Laboratory fulfills a mission need to sustain the nation’s nuclear deterrent and make fundamental science discoveries. Advances in mesoscale science play a key role in the Laboratory’s Materials Strategy, representing decadal goals in several of our Areas of Leadership.