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Lou Terminello

Physical & Computational Sciences
Chief Science & Tech Officer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-80
Richland, WA 99352


Louis J. Terminello, PhD, is the Acting Associate Laboratory Director - Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this role he is responsible for a broad range of fundamental research at PNNL sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Science, including work in advanced computing, atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, the physical sciences and particle physics.

Dr. Terminello previously served as the Deputy Associate Director for Programs in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The organization has responsibility to provide scientific personnel, strategic planning, and development of science and technology capabilities to support Laboratory core programs as well as external contracts at LLNL. In this capacity he worked closely with the Global Security, NIF and Photon Science, Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI), and Science and Technology's principal directorates' to ensure programmatic alignment, implementation, and execution of science and technology activities at LLNL.

Dr. Terminello was the Materials Program Leader for WCI at LLNL from 2003 - 2008. In this role, he restructured and managed a $32M materials science and engineering portfolio responsible for materials aging/lifetime assessments. During this appointment Louis Terminello led the Reliable Replacement Warhead -2 Phase 1 Study and was the Nuclear Forensics Leader at LLNL. Prior to this position, Dr. Terminello was the Division Leader for the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) in the Chemistry, Materials, Life, and Energy Sciences Directorate at LLNL.

Prior to joining LLNL in 1991, Dr. Terminello was a post-doctoral researcher at IBM Yorktown Heights. He has over 160 publications on synchrotron radiation studies of nanostructured and interfacial materials. He also has several patents awarded or pending, served on numerous scientific advisory and review committees, organized several national and international conferences (including the 2006 Materials Research Society Fall meeting with over 5000 attendees), and edited 6 books in the field of materials characterization using synchrotron radiation. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

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  • Lee JR, YJ Han, TM Willey, MH Nielsen, LM Klivansky, liu, S Chung, LJ Terminello, TW Van Buuren, and J De Yoreo. 2013. "Cooperative Reorganization of Mineral and Template during Directed Nucleation of Calcium Carbonate." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117(21):11076-11085.  doi:10.1021/jp400279f


  • Lee JR, HD Whitley, RW Meulenberg, A Wolcott, JZ Zhang, P Prendergast, DD Lovingood, GF Strouse, T Ogitsu, E Schwegler, LJ Terminello, and TW Van Buuren. 2012. "Ligand-Mediated Modification of the Electronic Structure of CdSe Quantum Dots." Nano Letters 12(6):2763-2767.  doi:10.1021/nl300886h


  • Meulenberg RW, TM Willey, JR Lee, LJ Terminello, and T Van Buren. 2011. "Erbium Doping Effects on the Conduction Band Edge in Germanium Nanocrystals." Applied Physics Letters 98(20):Article No. 203107.  doi:10.1063/1.3592999

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