Materials, Chemical, and Computational Science

NREL’s Materials, Chemical, and Computational Science (MCCS) directorate is composed of three R&D centers—Computational Science, Materials Science, and Chemistry and Nanoscience—in addition to the Research Operations Center.

MCCS carries out fundamental and applied experimental and computational research in renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a portfolio that spans high-performance computing, simulation, and modeling; photovoltaics and solar energy conversion; solar fuels; hydrogen production, storage, and utilization; fundamental materials science and chemistry; materials discovery, synthesis, and development; advanced characterization, spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging; energy storage; and reliability/durability.

The MCCS directorate provides expertise to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE’s Office of Science, and university and industry partners.

NREL aspires to be a world-class leader in workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion by creating and maintaining a culture of respect, caring, and belonging.

Our Research

Our Postdoctoral Researchers

The MCCS directorate trains postdoctoral researchers to be experts in their respective research fields. MCCS postdocs acquire diverse technical skills: device manufacturing and optimization, spectroscopy, microscopy, theoretical modeling, data analysis, etc. In addition to their technical training, postdocs receive extensive training in communications and project management as well as leadership and team-building, which have led to careers ranging from industry to academia to national laboratories to patent law to consulting firms to nonprofits.

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Our Leadership Team

Associate Laboratory Director Bill Tumas leads the MCCS directorate with guidance on research direction and priorities from its other leadership.

Rachelle Ihly, ARPA-E, point of contact

Kris Munch, Advanced Computing, laboratory program manager

Bill Tumas, Basic Energy Sciences, point of contact

Mary Werner, Solar Energy Technologies Program, laboratory program manager

Keith Wipke, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies Program, laboratory program manager

Ray Grout, Computational Science

Kirstin Alberi, Materials Science

Jao van de Lagemaat, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Eva Birnbaum, MCCS Research Operations

Matt Beard, senior research fellow

Joe Berry, senior research fellow

David Ginley, senior research fellow

Steve Gorin, strategic partnerships

Marisa Howe, chief of staff

Sarah Kurtz, senior research fellow

Joey Luther, senior research fellow

Bryan Pivovar, senior research fellow

Ingrid Repins, senior research fellow

Garry Rumbles, senior research fellow

Pete Sheldon, senior research advisor

Tony Burrell, chief technologist

Nancy Haegel, senior research advisor and director of the National Center for Photovoltaics

Maria Curry-Nkansah, senior research advisor for Translational R&D Research

Mark van Schilfgaarde, chief theorist

Pete Sheldon, senior research advisor for Strategic Planning