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    We develop new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by exploring and exploiting materials and their properties, developing practical applications of materials, and providing world-class user facilities.

    We conduct world-class research in materials science at the atomic, nano-, meso-, and macroscopic scales and enable the development of new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by

    • discovering materials and exploring their properties,
    • developing new characterization tools and practical applications of materials,
    • understanding and exploiting quantum phenomena, and
    • providing world-class user facilities.


    MPA, as LANL’s flagship experimental fundamental science organization, is sought out across LANL as the premier partner for solving the world’s most difficult scientific problems.


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    An electronic newsletter featuring interviews with staff from Materials Physics and Applications and news of awards and the latest research published in peer-reviewed journals.

    Key capabilities

    • Actinide chemistry
    • Advanced separation technologies
    • Electro-magnet design
    • Extreme high magnetic fields
    • Hydrogen storage and fuel cells
    • Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization
    • Sensors: acoustic, hydrogen, high explosive
    • Spectroscopy (neutron, NMR, NIR-VIS)
    • Strongly correlated materials
    • Ultrafast materials and optical science

    Investigating materials in pursuit of scientific solutions

    Learn more about the Materials Physics and Applications division.