Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Basic Energy Sciences

Supporting research to understand, predict and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels.

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Research fosters fundamental scientific discoveries to meet energy, environmental, and national security challenges

The DOE Office of Science's Basic Energy Sciences program equips scientists with a powerful new generation of tools, including advanced-light and neutron-scattering sources, to explore matter on the atomic and molecular scales.

Over the past 20 years, this work has led to six Nobel Prizes.

Through its Energy Frontier Research Centers and Nanoscale Science Research Centers, the Basic Energy Sciences program supports research to understand, predict and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels. This research is fostering the fundamental scientific discoveries needed to meet energy, environmental, and national security challenges.

Los Alamos leads research at three of these centers: In addition to our core research programs for the BES Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering and Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences,  Los Alamos leads research at five of these centers:

  • The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) focuses on exploring the path from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro-worlds. This path involves experimental and theoretical exploration of behavior, understanding new performance regimes and concepts, testing designs, and integrating nanoscale materials and structures. CINT focus areas are nanophotonics and nanoelectronics, complex functional nanomaterials, nanomechanics, and the nanoscale/bio/microscale interfaces. CINT is jointly administered by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. It makes use of a wide range of specialized facilities including the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos.
  • The Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics seeks to provide solutions to global energy challenges by exploring novel concepts for converting solar light into electric current or chemical fuels through the design of nanoscale structures guided by theory and modeling. This work is designed to build practical foundations for generation-III solar energy conversion technologies that produce efficiencies using nonthermalized carriers, inexpensive scalable structures, and routine chemical fabrication methods.
  • Los Alamos BES Principal Investigators have been the recipients of three DOE E.O. Lawrence Awards,  two Office of Science Early Career Awards, and two Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.