Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


This broad competency spans structure-property relations, design and synthesis of new materials, fabrication and joining (conventional, micro/nano), characterization of material properties and component performance, failure analysis and forensics, predictive model development, and generation of material property data.

Mission Support

Stockpile Stewardship, Non-Proliferation, National Ignition Facility, High Density Physics, Renewable Energy, DoD Applications


We provide capabilities to process, synthesize, and fully characterize metallic, composite, and polymeric materials. These efforts support a broad range of national security and energy applications. Capabilities span the range from initial materials processing, to measuring and understanding physical properties, to evaluation of performance in a variety of environments.

Materials Synthesis and Processing

  • Thin films/multilayers
  • Advanced composites
  • Laser and Electron Beam welding/processing
  • Polymers/plastics
  • Alloy development/metal processing


  • Thermal properties
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Metallography/microstructural analysis
  • Computed Tomography
  • Development of in-situ inspection and evaluation methods

Testing and Performance Evaluation

  • Mechanical Properties
  • Dynamic Properties

Novel diffraction-based characterization methods for experimental mechanics are providing unprecedented levels of detail in the coevolution of microstructure and micromechanical state in deforming crystalline materials, such as structural metals, ceramics, and rock.

Advanced SEM and TEM capabilities play a leading role in orientation mapping, providing new and unique insight into nano/micro-structures.


Gil Gallegos

Dan Nikkel