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Electronic and Optical Materials Science and Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00am to Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:45am
HRC 153
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Ross Group Distinguished Speaker
School of Materials Science and Engineering



Born out of the Manhattan Project, Sandia National Laboratories has a long history of innovation in materials science and engineering to meet mission critical needs. Sandia’s core mission is to advance technology to ensure global peace. With such broad aspirations, Sandia must utilize extensive facilities to create and analyze novel materials to produce innovative electronic and optical material solutions for a variety of applications. To support our energy security goals Sandia is producing lower temperature sodium batteries for grid scale storage. To reduce the price of NH3 and thus make fertilizer less expensive, Sandia is producing novel catalysts to reduce the temperature of nitrogen reduction reactions. For global access to clean water, Sandia is developing chlorine tolerant graphene oxide desalination membranes. Sandia also drives towards fundamental understanding of novel materials like metamaterials for better optical detectors or thermal sprayed coatings for environmental protection. An overview of Sandia’s work in these areas and more will be presented as well as opportunities at Sandia for students and collaboration.


Ryan Haggerty manages the Electronic, Optical and Nano Materials department at Sandia National Laboratory’s Center for Material, Physical and Chemical Sciences. With the primary goal of developing innovative materials for national security needs, Ryan leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers that constantly pivot across broad areas of materials science. Additionally, Ryan is the program manager for Sandia’s efforts in archiving and accessing Sandia’s Nuclear Weapons programs through the National Nuclear Security Administration’s engineering campaigns. As a ceramics engineer, Ryan previously served as Sandia’s subject matter expert for ferroelectric power supplies and glass to metal seals. He graduated with his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and a MS in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and received his BS in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara.

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