Our Mission

DOE’s Office of Science has a mission to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. We are the nation’s largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and are a major supporter of research in such key scientific fields as physics, materials science, computing, and chemistry. We are also the lead federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research related to energy.

To keep America in the forefront of discovery and innovation, we sponsor research at hundreds of universities, national laboratories, and other institutions across the country. We also build and maintain a vitally important array of large-scale scientific facilities at the DOE national laboratories, which are used by thousands of researchers every year.

About the Office of Science

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science is the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences, the steward of 10 DOE national laboratories, and the lead federal agency supporting fundamental research for energy production and security. Our job is to keep America at the forefront of discovery. This video is an overview of the Office of Science’s mission, people, and resources.
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DOE Announces $46 Million for Commercial Fusion Energy Development
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Mixing Metals for Improved Performance
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A First Step to Designing Better Solid-State Batteries
A recent study using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source shows that electrochemical reactions within solid-state batteries are highly variable.
Early Frontier Users Seize Exascale Advantage, Grapple With Grand Scientific Challenges
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University and Stakeholder News

Three IU Physics Graduate Students Win DOE SCGSR Awards
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CABBI Researchers Chart Oilcane Microbiome
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Metal-Filtering Sponge Removes Lead From Water
Northwestern University engineers have developed a reusable sponge that can capture and recover critical metals and heavy-metal pollutants.
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Scientists Reveal Breakthrough That Could Lead to Cleaner Hydrogen Energy
Chemists have results from pulse radiolysis experiments laying bare the reaction mechanism for an important group of “water-splitting” catalysts.
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Science Highlights

Dept. of Energy Office of Science delivers scientific discoveries, tools for the nation via programs in Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Biological & Environmental Research; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; Nuclear Physics. Also supports Accelerator Research; Isotope Research; Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer; 5 national quantum centers; 2 energy innovation hubs. Stewards 10 DOE national labs. 100-plus Nobel Prizes, $7.5 billion budget.

The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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