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 to support the nation's energy and environmental goals.
Understanding and controlling fundamental electronic and optical processes in photovoltaic and solid-state lighting semiconductors
Applying high-performance computing to understand atomistic-level material behavior and design and discover materials for energy applications
Using microscopic techniques to measure chemical, structural, electrical, and other properties—from the macro to the atomic scale
Determining the chemical, elemental, and molecular composition as well as the electronic structure of surfaces and critical interfaces
Pursuing inorganic solid-state material innovation through a high-throughput combinatorial approach and targeted experiments
Using thin films to create and enable technologically useful applications such as thin-film photovoltaics
Testing modules and systems for long-term performance to improve photovoltaic reliability and develop better international standards