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. Cynthia Jenks has more than 10 years of leadership experience in science management and strategic planning, in addition to a background in both the chemical sciences and chemical engineering. Dr. Jenks’ research areas of expertise include surface structure and reactivity, surface structure-property relationships, catalysis, chemical conversions for sustainable energy, and thin film growth.
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.