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Formed on March 1, 2006 from a merger of the former Condensed Matter Sciences and Metals & Ceramics Divisions, the Materials Science and Technology Division conducts fundamental and applied materials research for basic energy sciences programs and a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, conservation, fossil energy, fusion energy, nuclear power, and space exploration. Basic and applied research programs are focused on the thrust areas of

  • theory and modeling at multiple scales,
  • designed synthesis of condensed matter physics systems, alloys, structural ceramics, and specialized crystals,
  • structural characterization via electron, ion, photon and neutron sciences,
  • comprehensive physical and mechanical property characterization,
  • interaction with extreme environments (temperature, corrosive media, radiation), and
  • applied materials physics (superconductivity, thermoelectrics, hydrogen storage, photovoltaics, catalysis, energy storage)

The MST division is a matrix organization made up of 19 research & development groups, three program offices, and two major user facilities. MST division research staff have strong interactions with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and the neutron scattering facilities located at the High Flux Isotopes Reactor Center for Neutron Scattering and the Spallation Neutron Source.

The MST division mission is to conduct basic and applied research and development on materials in order to improve the understanding of physical phenomena and to develop advanced materials and processes to enable energy-efficient, cost-competitive and environmentally acceptable materials technologies for a variety of important national priorities.

We perform this work for numerous government programs as well as in support of industry needs. We also enhance science education and improve scientific awareness of students from precollege to postdoc levels through a variety of intern and postgraduate programs.

Division Office Contacts

ICE, Gene E.
Division Director
icege@ornl.gov 865.574.4065  865.574.4066
TORTORELLI, Peter F.
Deputy Division Director

tortorellipf@ornl.gov 865.574.5119  865.574.4066 
LARA-CURZIO, Edgar
Science & Resources Integration
laracurzioe@ornl.gov 865.574.5123 865.574.4913
WADDELL, Betty J.
Division Secretary

waddellbj@ornl.gov 865.574.4065  865.574.4066
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