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Physical Sciences and Engineering

The work of the Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate in fundamental and applied physics, chemistry and materials science provides a foundation for unparalleled collaborations.

Basic science research has been the major driver of economic growth for at least the past century, and there is no reason to think that this pattern will change in the near future. The pipeline of discovery that will eventually lead to the development of future technologies depends on our commitment to providing initial investments in fundamental and applied science.


With an unwavering focus on our mission, our researchers take an interdisciplinary approach to research, advancing their fields of study and generating new knowledge for the benefit of future generations.