Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Sonia Létant

Division Leader
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division


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DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Physics as an M.E.S.R. Fellow
Université Joseph Fourier, France
1998
M.S. Materials Science
Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
1995

Personal Background/Research Interests

Sonia Létant began her career as a Lavoisier fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 1998. She joined LLNL in 2001 as a directorate postdoctoral researcher focusing on functional materials and methods for chemical, biological, and radiation sensing. She was appointed a staff scientist at LLNL in 2002, became a group leader for the Functional Materials Group in 2006, and became the deputy division leader for science and technology for the Chemical Sciences Division in January 2010. She was appointed deputy division leader at large for the Chemical Sciences Division in March 2012 and selected for her current position as the division leader for the Nuclear & Chemical Science Division (NACS) in 2015.

As the NACS Division Leader, Létant provides technical leadership and management for approximately 230 staff members, overseeing programs and projects, including institutionally supported activities and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. NACS staff members support LLNL’s programs in global security and stockpile stewardship, the National Ignition Facility, and programs funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and various non-DOE sponsors.

Fellowships & Awards

1995–1998 MESR Fellowship from the French Department of Superior Education and Research
1998–2000 Lavoisier Fellowship from the French Department of Foreign Affairs
2002 Best Poster Award: Chemistry and Materials Science Postdoc Symposium
2004 NAI Directorate award ‘in recognition of your outstanding achievement for cutting edge research in nanomaterials that led to significant recognition for the laboratory’
2004 CMS Directorate award in Excellence in Publication
2006 CMS Directorate award in Excellence in Publication
2008 GS Silver Award
2008 Nano50 award 2008 for the design and fabrication of functional nanopores, Boston, MA
2009 GS Silver Award
2010 GS Silver Award
2011 PLS Directorate award for Excellence in Publication
2011 GS Silver Award
2012 GS Silver Award
2013 PLS Directorate award for Exemplary Leadership
2013 LLNL Director’s Institutional Awards of Excellence
2013 Federal Laboratory Consortium Outstanding Technology Development Award

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