Chemistry and Physics at Interfaces
Energy Frontier Research Centers
Functional Materials for Energy
Materials Theory and Simulation
Materials Under Extremes
ORNL has the nation’s most comprehensive materials research program and is a world leader in research that supports the development of advanced materials for energy generation, storage, and use. We have core strengths in three main areas: materials synthesis, characterization, and theory. In other words, we discover and make new materials; we study their structure, dynamics and functionality; and we use computation to understand and predict how they will behave in various applications.