Chemistry and Nanoscience Research Areas

NREL's chemistry and nanoscience research develops and demonstrates the key enabling science and technology for functional materials and processing for clean energy as well as hydrogen at scale.

NREL’s primary research in chemistry and nanoscience includes the following research areas:

Electrical Energy Storage

  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Radical organic batteries

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


Solar Photochemistry

  • Excitons to charge carrier in molecular and nanoscale systems
  • Quantum-confined semiconductors
  • Solar fuels

Manufacturing for Energy Applications

  • Roll-to-roll manufacturing
  • Atmospheric processing tool

Quantum and Carbon Nanomaterials

  • Carbon nanoscience
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics
  • Quantized perovskites

The Chemistry and Nanoscience Center is part of the Materials, Chemical, and Computational Science directorate, led by Associate Laboratory Director Bill Tumas.