Addis S Fuhr

Research Scientist



Addis Fuhr joined ORNL in 2021 as a Weinberg Distinguished Staff Fellow in the Nanomaterials Theory Institute under the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Physical Sciences Directorate. His primary research interests are in understanding structure-property relationships for materials with defects or other forms of structural disorder, and machine learning for both accelerated materials discovery and improved theory-experiment matching. Target applications for his work include clean energy, next generation electronics and optics, and quantum technology. He has published and patented theory and experimental work related to energy harvesting and energy storage applications, carbon capture, ion-exchange membranes, magnetic materials, and photocatalysis. He has extensive experience combining theoretical approaches (e.g. density functional theory) with experimental techniques (e.g. X-Ray diffraction, electrochemistry, and in-situ/ultra-fast spectroscopy). Currently, he is also a review editor for Frontiers in Nanotechnology.

Prior to joining ORNL, he worked in industry from 2019 to 2021 at the MITRE Corporation as a senior modeling and simulation engineer where he used physics-based simulation techniques to deliver meaningful solutions to national security challenges. From 2015 to 2019 he worked as an African American Partnership Program (AAPP) graduate student fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2019, he became the first African American man second African American overall to earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.


2019 – PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, Dissertation: “Electro-optical Properties of Quantum Dots with Copper Impurities”

2013 – BS in Chemical Engineering, BA in Chemistry, California State University Long Beach