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ORNL Office of Science Materials Sciences and Engineering Program

Conducting world leading fundamental materials research to deliver underpinning knowledge for future energy technologies

Delivering world-leading fundamental materials research to accelerate innovations in energy technologies is the goal of ORNL’s Materials Sciences and Engineering (MSE) Program. The ORNL MSE Program is one of the largest US Department of Energy (DOE)-Basic Energy Sciences (BES)-MSE portfolios, involving more than 100 scientific staff, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and research support staff. The MSE program’s trailblazing scientific research aligns well with ORNL’s priority research directions in advanced materials, high-performance computing, neutron scattering, and clean energy. ORNL’s MSE portfolio has specialized expertise to predict, synthesize, characterize, and ultimately control materials systems over broad scales of time and space. Quantum materials, structural materials, energy materials, and soft matter are the classes of materials MSE research focuses on to deliver fundamental science. In addition, ORNL’s MSE program develops approaches for predicting and characterizing the structure and behavior of materials, making extensive use of and contributions to DOE user facilities at ORNL, including SNS, HFIR, CNMS, and OLCF.

Research Theme Areas

Quantum Information Science

Materials Chemistry for Energy Storage and Soft Matter

Structural Materials and Radiation Effects

Program Areas

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

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Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

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Physical Behavior of Materials

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Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects

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Neutron Scattering

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Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies

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Materials Chemistry

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Synthesis and Processing Sciences

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Research Centers

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Materials Sciences for QIS

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Early Career Research Projects

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