NREL provides fundamental and applied materials science discovery and problem-solving for current and next-generation renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
We're a recognized leader in creating new knowledge and accelerating the industrial impact of materials science research in support of the nation's energy and environmental goals.
Areas of focus include materials physics, electronic structure theory, analytical microscopy and imaging science, interfacial and surface science, materials discovery, thin-film material science and processing, and reliability and systems engineering for photovoltaics and other energy applications.
Nancy Haegel is the director of the Materials Science Center. The center is part of the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology directorate, led by Associate Laboratory Director Bill Tumas.