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Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute

This program gives students the opportunity to work directly with leading LLNL researchers on the development and application of cutting edge methods in computational materials science and chemistry.

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Materials and Chemistry Institute Summer Internship

This is a unique summer internship experience wherein interns have access to state-of-the-art facilities, work with mentors on real projects that directly impact LLNL’s national security mission, gain hands-on experience, and attend seminars.

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Nuclear Forensics Summer Institute

This program offers students the opportunity to engage in practical research experience and work directly with leading LLNL researchers on projects in the areas of nuclear forensics, nuclear chemistry, and environmental radiochemistry.

Principal Associate Director’s Column

Glenn Fox

Glenn Fox, PLS Principal Associate Director

Predicting and preventing degradation

March 25, 2024- 
It can be frustrating when the water pipes in your home leak as they age and corrode, or when the reinforcing steel in bridges and roadways starts to degrade. Repairs can be expensive, and they can interrupt everything from taking a shower to arriving at an important event on time. Similarly, the long-term performance of our nation’s defense capabilities and energy infrastructure can be...

Collaboration that accelerates innovation

May 9, 2023- 
One of the things that makes LLNL such an exciting place to work is our multidisciplinary research environment, where diverse groups of experts team up to solve highly complex challenges. While this collaborative research environment enables us to achieve our mission, we also recognize that we often need the insight of colleagues at other research institutions to maximize the impact of our...

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Materials Science on a Mission

The Materials Science Division provides broad capabilities and expertise to execute the existing and future national security missions. The nation relies on our materials advances to meet our stockpile stewardship mission, but also the range of other national security missions in energy security, advanced computing, climate management, and deterrence.