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National Laboratories Profiles And Contacts


Ames LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Materials design, synthesis and processing
  • Analytical instrumentation/device design/fabrication
  • Condensed matter theory (including photonic band gap and other novel materials)
  • Materials characterization, x-ray and neutron scattering, solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), spectroscopy/microscopy
  • Separation science

Major User Facility

Materials Preparation Center: Poviding advanced materials to industry, university, and government research centers

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Argonne National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Fundamental science and engineering expertise in materials sciences; chemistry; atomic, high-energy and nuclear physics; multidisciplinary Nan science and nanotechnology; structural biology, functional genomics, and bioinformatics; environmental science and technology; and applied mathematics and computer science
  • Design, construction, and operation of accelerator-based user facilities the enable world-class research
  • Design, development, and evaluation of advanced nuclear energy systems and proliferation-resistant nuclear fuel cycle technologies for a safe, environmentally sound energy future

Major User Facilities

  • Advanced Photon Source, DOE’s brightest hard x-ray source for multidisciplinary research
  • Argonne Tandem-Linac Accelerator System, an important tool for research in nuclear physics and astrophysics
  • Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, a workhorse of the international neutron-scattering community

Contacts

Brookhaven National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Design, engineering, and operation of accelerators, detectors, and superconducting magnets
  • The physics of energy and matter, the chemistry and physics of materials and condensed matters, chemical energy sciences, bio-medical and imaging sciences, energy and environmental sciences and technologies, and systems analysis and modeling

Major User facilities

  • Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the world’s newest accelerator for nuclear physics
  • National Synchrotron Light Source, which provides researchers with intense light spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from the infrared through x-rays
  • Alternating Gradient Synchrotron, home of three Nobels and pivotal physics discoveries
  • Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, used to reveal the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, and other macromolecules, and to image single heavy atoms
  • Accelerator Test Facility, the U.S. proving ground for new concepts in accelerator physics
  • Booster Applications Facility, designed to use heavy ion beams for space radiation studies
  • Center for Functional Nanomaterials, now under construction, will provide researchers with state-of-the-art capabilities to fabricate and study nanoscale materials

Contacts

Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Operation of the world’s highest-energy physics user facility
  • Accelerator research, design, construction, and operation
  • Superconducting magnet research, design, and development
  • Superconducting Radio Frequency Accelerating Cavity research, design, and development
  • Particle detector design and operation
  • High-performance computing and networking
  • International scientific collaboration
  • Construction and management of scientific and technical projects
  • Scientific training and education, all levels

Major User Facility

  • The Tevatron, the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator

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Idaho National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Processing and managing radioactive and hazardous materials
  • Development, modeling, testing, and validating engineered systems and processes
  • Science capabilities in subsurface geo-science and geochemistry
  • Nuclear reactor design, reactor demonstration, and reactor safety

Major User Facilities

  • Safety and Tritium Applied Research Facility, a multipurpose research and development laboratory serving the needs of the fusion community for bench-scale and engineering-scale experiments in the area of fusion energy reactors
  • Geocentrifuge Research Laboratory offering a 2-meter geocentrifuge that enables more accurate modeling of a wide range of complex porous media, and advances the understanding of subsurface contaminant transport

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Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Computational science and engineering
  • Particle and photon beams
  • Bioscience and biotechnology
  • Characterization, synthesis, and theory of materials
  • Advanced technologies for energy supply and energy efficiency
  • Chemical dynamics, catalysis, and surface science
  • Advanced detector systems
  • Environmental assessment and remediation

Major User Facilities

  • Advanced Light Source, a synchrotron radiation facility that generates intense light for scientific and technological research
  • National Center for Electron Microscopy, a facility housing several of the world’s most advanced microscopes and tools for microcharacterization of materials
  • National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a world leader in providing high-performance computing tools and expertise that enable computational science of scale 88-Inch Cyclotron, a variable-energy cyclotron that can produce heavy-ion beams of elements throughout the periodic table

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Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Physical Sciences
  • Computational Science and High-Performance Computing
  • Biosciences and Biotechnology
  • Electronics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Global and National Security
  • Lasers and Optics
  • Chemistry, Material, Earth and Life Sciences
  • Energy and Environmental Sciences
  • National Ignition Facility Project/Photon Science/Inertial Confinement Fusion

Major User Facilities

  • National Ignition Facility, the largest, most energetic laser in the world
  • Terascale Simulation Facility houses two of the world’s fastest supercomputers BlueGene/L and ASC Purple. These amazing machines, which perform trillions of operations per second (teraflops), support Advanced Simulation and Computing.
  • Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies exists to invent, develop, and apply microscale and nanoscale technologies to support LLNL missions and programs. The research and capabilities of the Center cover materials, devices, instruments, and systems that require microfabricated components, including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electronics, photonics, micro- and nanostructures, and micro- and nanoactuators.
  • Forensic Science Center housing a variety of state-of-the-art analytical tools ranging from gas chromatograph–mass spectrometers to ultratrace chemical and DNA techniques
  • Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry housing the most versatile and productive accelerator mass spectrometry facility in the world
  • Site 300 Experimental Test Facility, a high-explosives firing facility

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Los Alamos National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • High-performance computing
  • New and exotic advanced materials
  • Bioscience and biotechnology
  • Earth and environmental science
  • Physics and theory

Major User Facilities

LANL is home to more than 50 cross-disciplinary user facilities including:

  • Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the nation’s most powerful source of pulsed particles
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, a general user facility open to all researchers who wish to perform experiments in high magnetic fields

Contacts

  • John Mott, LANL Technology Transfer contact: (505) 665-0883, jmott@lanl.gov
  • Shandra Clow, Small Business contact: (505) 665-3049, clow@lanl.gov

National Renewable Energy LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Renewable electricity production and use
  • Renewable fuels formulation and use
  • Integrated energy system engineering and testing
  • Strategic energy analysis

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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

    Neutron science Energy High-performance computing Systems Biology Material sciences at the nanoscale National security

Major User Facilities

  • Buildings Technology Center
  • Californium User Facility for Neutron Science
  • Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
  • Cooling, Heating and Power Integration Laboratory
  • Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center
  • High Flux Isotope Reactor
  • High Temperature Materials Laboratory
  • Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility
  • Metals-Processing Laboratory Users Facility
  • Mouse Genetics Research Facility
  • National Center for Computational Sciences
  • National Environmental Research Park
  • National Transportation Research Center
  • Oak Ridge Linear Accelerator
  • Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Facility
  • Shared Research Equipment Collaborative Research Center
  • Spallation Neutron Source
  • Safeguards Laboratory

Contact

  • Frank Damiano, (865) 576-2967

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Microbial and cellular biology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Analytical and interfacial chemical sciences
  • Radiological sciences
  • Information analytics
  • Sensing and measurement technologies

Major User Facilities

  • William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national user facility, currently shared and used by researchers from around the world. Research at EMSL focuses principally on developing a molecular-level understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that underlie the most critical environmental issues facing DOE. Located on PNNL’s campus.
  • Applied Process Engineering Laboratory is an eastern Washington technology business startup user facility, sponsored in part by PNNL. APEL provides engineering- and manufacturing-scale space and chemical, biological, and electronic laboratories and equipment for developing, validating, and commercializing new products. Entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and university staff can access this facility. PNNL scientists, engineers, and other professional staff are available to APEL occupants for consulting, collaboration, or professional support.
  • Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory is a joint effort between WSU and PNNL. Located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Washington, researchers will use the laboratory to develop technology for converting low-value agricultural byproducts and residues into value-added chemicals for products like plastics, solvents, fibers, pharmaceuticals, and fuel additives.

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Princeton Plasma Physics LaboratoryExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Experimental analysis of stability and confinement of fusion plasmas
  • Plasma theory and computational physics for fusion and other applications
  • Physics and engineering design and operation of experimental plasma fusion facilities
  • Computer engineering, including data acquisition, instrumentation, and control systems
  • Physics and technology of plasma applications to advance industrial technologies
  • Environmental, safety, and health aspects of the operation and removal of experimental fusion devices

Major User Facilities

  • National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), to advance knowledge for the spherical torus plasma confinement concept
  • National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX), a device to study a compact stellarator confinement concept, for which a preliminary design is under way. Construction began in 2004.
  • Current Drive Experiment-Upgrade (CDX-U), to investigate plasma interactions with liquid lithium for fusion reactor technology.
  • Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX), to study the breaking and reconnection of magnetic field lines in plasmas

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Sandia National LaboratoriesExternal link

Core Competencies

  • Computational and information sciences
  • Microelectronics and photonics sciences
  • Materials and process sciences
  • Engineering sciences
  • Pulsed-power sciences

User Facilities

The 25 user facilities at Sandia include:

  • Combustion Research Facility, which conducts a broad range of basic and applied research and development in combustion science and technology, aimed at improving the nation’s ability to use and control combustion processes
  • Explosives Components Facility, a state-of-the-art facility that provides a full range of chemical, material, and performance analysis capabilities for energetic materials and explosive components
  • Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center, which contains the Robotic Manufacturing Science and Engineering Laboratory, a 73,000-square-foot facility built to bring together all of Sandia’s robotics researchers in an environment conducive to technology transfer
  • Primary Standards Facility, which develops and maintains primary standards that are traceable to national standards and calibrates and certifies customer reference standards
  • Shock Technology and Applied Research Facility, a state-of-the-art facility that can provide a full range of projectile/target interactions

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