Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist


Chris has spent the last eight years supporting various mission areas within national security. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Limerick and completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Georgia. He currently stewards a research portfolio encompassing materials science, radiochemistry, crystallography, and materials characterization. He serves as the chief scientist for the Chemical Dynamics Laboratory Directed Research and Development Initiative.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Program Management
  • Material Synthesis
  • Crystal Growth
  • Material Characterization
  • Surface Science
  • Microfabrication
  • Radiochemistry


Postdoctoral, Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia

PhD in Chemistry, Bernal Institute, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland

BSc in Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the Materials Research Society and American Physical Society
  • Member of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Particle Working Group

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Nuclear Security Administration Joule Award, Outstanding Contributions for Transfer of Technology to the International Atomic Energy Agency, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Ronald L. Brodzinski Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement, 2020
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Exceptional Contribution Program (ECP), 2017, 2018, 2021
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Outstanding Performance Award (OPA), 2015, 2016, 2021
  • National Nuclear Security Administration Next Generation Safeguards Initiative, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013
  • European Commission Marie Curie Host Fellowship (APROTHIN), 2008
  • Science Foundation Ireland PhD Scholarship, 2007