Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Program Mission

The BES program at LLNL supports fundamental investigations in the fields of materials science, chemical sciences, and biomaterials.

The BES-supported research portfolio at LLNL includes research efforts in the areas of ultrafast materials science, radiation-resistant materials for advanced energy applications, mesoscale materials for catalysis, and nanoscale biomaterials science. BES also supports LLNL research such as synchrotron radiation and neutron sources at national scientific user facilities.

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Eric Schwegler  

Lab Program Coordinator for
Basic Energy Sciences (BES) at LLNL

LLNL BES Programs

Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs)

Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC)

IMASC research specifically addresses the grand challenge of how to design and perfect atom- and energy-efficient synthesis of revolutionary new forms of matter with tailored properties.

Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE)

The EDDE EFRC aims to develop a fundamental understanding of how the energy of radiation is dissipated, and ultimately to control defect dynamics and microstructural evolution in structural alloys.

BES Highlights

Laser Crystallization of Semiconductor Materials

The growth speed of crystalline germanium telluride (GeTe) into amorphous GeTe at high temperatures was precisely measured by imaging the growth front with movie-mode dynamic transmission electron microscopy (DTEM).