Kawtar Hafidi is Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering. She oversees five Argonne research divisions and two U.S. Department of Energy user facilities conducting fundamental and applied research in nuclear and high energy physics, materials science, chemical science and engineering, and nanoscience and technology.
Dr. Millicent “Millie” Firestone is the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director and Senior Science Advisor for Argonne’s Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Directorate. She assists the PSE Associate Laboratory Director and leadership team in implementing science strategies and cultivating relationships with other institutions.
Jim Grudzinski is the Directorate Operations Officer for Argonne’s Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) directorate. He leads strategic and tactical operational and administrative efforts in support of PSE’s programmatic mission.
Dr. Amanda K. Petford-Long is the division director for the Materials Science Division, where she leads her own research program, and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow. She previously headed Chief Research Officer Council (CROC) at Argonne National Laboratory.
Venkat Srinivasan is the director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and deputy director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR, the battery “Hub”). He is a former staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His research interest is in developing next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and grid applications, among other things. Dr. Srinivasan and his research group develop continuum-based models for battery materials and combine them with experimental characterization to help design new materials, electrodes, and devices.
Head of Physical Sciences and Engineering Communications
Diana Anderson leads communications for the Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, including five research divisions, two national scientific user facilities and hundreds of research partners.
Urs Geiser is currently the Directorate Safety Manager for the Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate. His group of deployed environment, safety and health coordinators serves the five divisions in the directorate. He is a Ph.D. level materials chemist with 20 years of research experience.
Lisa supervises the Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate’s administrative assistant team, organizing operational processes to support information flow and cohesive planning throughout the directorate and its five research divisions.
Wei Zhou is the Financial Business Manager for Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) at Argonne National Laboratory, responsible for financial management of the PSE directorate and its five research divisions.