Materials Science Research Area
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has outstanding materials science capabilities, including
- Physics and chemistry of epitaxial oxides
- Nanomaterials synthesis and self-assembly
- Defect formation and the effect on material behavior
- Material response to extreme environments.
Our experimental and theoretical analysis draws upon advanced synthesis and characterization tools at the national laboratory and user facilities. We conduct studies at the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, which houses specialized labs for research with microgram-to-kilogram quantities of fissionable materials and megacurie activities of other radionuclides. Also, we conduct research in EMSL, using transmission electron microscopes, nuclear magnetic spectrometers, molecular beam epitaxy, and other tools all located under one roof. When the tools do not exist, we create them.
We succeed because of our teams, which include chemists, physicists, biologists, and materials scientists. Our team members are selected for their ability to solve the problem, regardless of where they work. This allows us to bring together different scientific perspectives for our clients.
Our work also benefits from Laboratory Directed Research and Development investments, including our Transformational Materials Science Initiative, which was completed in fiscal year 2012, and our Chemical Imaging Initiative, which is building state-of-the-art imaging tools for materials science.
The U.S. Department of Energy is our chief client. We conduct work for DOE"s Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, and Office of Nuclear Energy. We also have clients in the national security arena, focusing on sensors, and with industry.
- How to Overcome the Oxide Barrier
- Jun Liu Honored by National Lab for Outstanding Materials Innovations
- Lanthanum Chromium Oxide's Energetic Dance with Light
- License Will Lead to Faster-Charging Batteries for Phones, Electric Vehicles
- Batteries Lose in Game of Thorns
- Team Led by Argonne National Lab Selected as DOE's Batteries and Energy Storage Hub
- Rewriting the Rules on Electron Affinity and Other Electrochemical Properties
- PNNL Research Featured on Cover of DOE's Basic Research Needs Report
- 2012 Fundamental & Computational Sciences Accomplishments Report Now Available
- Nickelblock: An Element's Love-hate Relationship with Battery Electrodes
- Team Wins 2012 Innovation Award
- Flexible Molecular Cages Expand to Pack in Multiple Metals
- New Metal Alloy Electrode Designed for Plus-Sized Ions
- An About-Face on Electrical Conductivity at the Interface
- Bubbles Help Break Energy Storage Record for Lithium-Air Batteries
- The Joys and Failures of Lithium-Ion Batteries