Chemistry and Nanoscience Research

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.

Primary Research Areas

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

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


Solar Photochemistry

Quantum and Carbon Nanomaterials

Crosscutting Research

We collaborate with other research areas across NREL including:

Battery Materials Synthesis

Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing 

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