Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mission-driven science and technology advancing the security and well-being of the nation


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Glenn Fox


Although not often thought of as such, LLNL is by any measure a leading materials research laboratory. Every day we advance the fundamental and leading-edge materials science that is central to the Laboratory's research endeavors and mission. Our multidisciplinary Materials Science Division (MSD) is dedicated to creating novel materials and understanding the properties and performance of materials subjected to extreme conditions. We use state-of-the-art characterization technologies coupled with modeling and simulation to meet current and future national security needs. Growth areas include metallurgy, material corrosion and degradation, nanomaterials and assembly, and computational materials science. From actinides and lanthanides to explosives and polymers, MSD is constantly innovating at the intersection of chemistry, materials science, and condensed-matter physics.

March 7, 2017

FSC's Armando Alvaraz

Forensic Science Center earns 7th consecutive OPCW 'A' grade

Since first achieving accreditation in 2003, Lawrence Livermore’s Forensic Science Center (FSC) is one of just two U.S. laboratories accredited by the OPCW.

March 5, 2017

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'Science on Saturday' lecture combines biomedical and computational power to decode rabies

On Feb. 11, hundreds filled the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore for a presentation titled “Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic: Byte by Byte.”

October 28, 2016

Field hydro frac 3D plot

GEOS Team Aims for Exascale Target

Hydraulic fracturing has driven the oil and gas boom over the last decade, but comprehensive understanding of the physical mechanisms that govern the process remains elusive.

February 3, 2017

Meet Tom Braun.

Meet Ivy Krystal Jones

Ivy Krystal Jones is a postdoc working in the High Pressure Physics/Physics (Materials Science) Division of the Physical & Life Sciences Directorate.

January 27, 2017

Meet Tom Braun.

Meet Tom Braun

Tom Braun is a graduate scholar in the Nanoscale Integration Science and Technology, Materials Science Division of the Physical & Life Sciences Directorate.

October 26, 2016

Research Slam! winners pictured from left: Ramya Tunuguntla, Michael Homel, Anna Belle and Daniel McCartt.

PLS postdocs embrace Research Slam

Picture this: it's the day of your first poster presentation as a postdoc, and your heart is racing with nerves and excitement.

Physical & Life Sciences External Review Committee

Information for PLS External Review Committee Members