Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Materials Physics and Applications

We develop new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by exploring and exploiting materials and their properties; developing practical applications of materials, and providing world-class user facilities.

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  • Division Leader
  • Andrew Dattelbaum (acting)
  • Email
  • Deputy Division Leader
  • Leonardo Civale (acting)
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  • Deputy Division Leader
  • David Oro (acting)
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  • Division Office
  • (505) 665-1131
Materials Physics Applications Division

Materials Physics and Applications Division is composed of more than 300 employees, affiliates, and students and of those, nearly 90% are scientists and engineers with a PhD or other advanced degree.

Developing new technologies to solve national energy, security challenges

Material Physics and Applications Division (MPA) lays the foundation for enhanced national security through functional materials research and device development.

Learn more about our staff and our accomplishments

Key capabilities
  • Actinide chemistry
  • Advanced separation technologies
  • Electro-magnet design
  • Extreme high magnetic fields
  • Hydrogen storage and fuel cells
  • Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization
  • Sensors: acoustic, hydrogen, high explosive
  • Spectroscopy (neutron, NMR, NIR-VIS)
  • Strongly correlated materials
  • Ultrafast materials and optical science