Bobby G Sumpter

Interim Director, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

EducationOklahoma State University Ph.D. 1987 Physical ChemistrySouthwestern Oklahoma State University B.S. 1983 Chemistry (ACS Certified) Professional Experience 2017-present: Chair ORNL Corporate Fellows Council2015-present: Interim Group Leader, Macromolecular Nanomaterials, Oak Ridge National Laboratory2015–2017 Vice Chair Corporate Fellows Council, Oak Ridge National Laboratory2014–Present Deputy Director, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)2013–Present Joint Faculty Professor, Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, University of Tennessee2013–Present ORNL Corporate Fellow2009–Present Group Leader, Computational Chemical and Materials Sciences and Director of the Nanomaterials Theory Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tennessee 2009–Present Distinguished Research Staff, ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee2006–2009 Senior Research Staff, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee2003–2009 Senior Research Staff, Computer Science & Mathematics Division, ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee1992–2002 Research staff scientist, ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee1988–1992 Research Associate, UT/ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 1987–1988 Postdoctoral Research, Cornell UniversityBrief Research Synopsis: My research is directed primarily toward developing and applying modern computational and mathematical capabilities for the understanding and prediction of chemical and physical processes ranging from the molecular to the nanoscale to full-size engineering applications, using a multidisciplinary approach that integrates chemistry, physics, and materials science. Work is closely coupled with the experiments at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), with a scientific focus on using theory and multiscale simulations and modeling for providing interpretive and predictive frameworks for design and understanding of novel nanoscale materials with specific and/or emergent properties. The underlying goal is to understand, predict, design, control, and/or exploit complex behavior that emerges at the nanoscale to enable capabilities that can lead to new innovations and improved materials for energy science and technology. Overall, this vision is aggressively pursued through a multi-pronged and tight integration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory distinctive capabilities in precision experimental synthesis and state-of-the-art characterization along side leadership class computing.


Fellow American Physical Society
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member APS, MRS, AAAS, ACS, ACerS, INNSUT-Battelle outstanding Mentor of Early Career Researchers award 2017
2014 CNMS Distinguished scientific paper
2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow2012 Significant Event Award (CeLEST)
2012 Most distinguished scientific paper award (CSMD)
2012 Division Director Award (CNMS)
2009 Division Director Award (CNMS)
1999 Lockheed Martin Energy Research significant event award
1996 ORNL-CASD Technical Achievement award


US Patent 6,461,546, “Apparatus for and method of producing monodisperse submicron polymer powders from solution,” Oct. (2002).
US Patent 9,610,608 “Self-Assembly Patterning of Organic Molecules on a Surface”, April 4, 2017.