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About MSD

At Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, we advance the fundamental science of materials within the context of global energy-related challenges. We develop experimental and theoretical techniques to design, discover, and understand new materials and phenomena at multiple time and length scales. Through our core programs, user facilities and research centers, we cultivate a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to materials research and help train the next generation of materials scientists.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1962
  • Number of principal investigators: 100+
  • Number of principal investigators with joint faculty positions: 60
  • Number of publications in 2011: 600+
  • Operates two Department of Energy User Facilities
  • Annual operating budget: approx. $75M


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