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Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability


National security depends on science and technology. The United States relies on Los Alamos National Laboratory for the best of both. No place on Earth pursues a broader array of world-class scientific endeavors.




Charlie McMillan, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory

Director McMillan on energy security

With energy use increasing across the nation and the world, Los Alamos National Laboratory is using its world-class scientific capabilities to enhance national energy security by

  • developing energy sources with limited impacts on environment
  • improving efficiency and reliability of nation's energy infrastructure

Research directions

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s diverse energy security research enterprise has three main focus areas:

  1. Materials and concepts for clean energy, including
    • Science for renewable energy sources
    • Photovoltaics
    • Energy storage
    • Fuel Cells
    • Clean Fossil Energy
  2. Mitigating the impacts of global energy demand, including
    • Climate change prediction
    • Infrastructure reliability and security
    • Greenhouse gas monitoring and measurement
    • CO2 capture and sequestration
  3. Sustainable nuclear energy, including
    • Fundamental advances in nuclear fuels
    • Nonproliferation safeguards
    • Reactor concepts
    • Reactor waste disposition
    Animation of new reactor concept for deep space exploration

    Animation of new reactor concept for deep space exploration


  • Advanced modeling and simulation
  • Biofuels, bioenergy
  • Carbon dioxode separation, capture, sequestration
  • Climate and earth system science
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel cells
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydrogen storage, safety codes, standards
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Nanomaterials and composites for energy applications
  • Nuclear repository science
  • Nuclear fuels design, processing
  • Nuclear waste repository science
  • Nuclear fuels
  • Nuclear materials management
  • Nuclear regulatory analysis
  • Materials behavior under radiation
  • Reactor design and modeling
  • Smart grid network science
  • Solid state lighting
  • Superconductivity
  • Unconventional fossil fuels
  • Wind and renewable systems integration

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