Savannah River National Laboratory

Coordinator: Patricia Lee

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As one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research and development centers, the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) performs cutting-edge science to address the nation’s toughest energy and security challenges. Its mission is to protect our nation by pioneering environmental science, advancing national security objectives, securing nuclear materials and discovering energy solutions for the future.

Our Science

SRNL is a state-of-the-art research facility. Our core research competencies are founded on 70 years of technological achievement and provide the framework for innovative solutions that span the nation and the globe.

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Forensics and Signatures Science
  • Computer and Cyber Sciences
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Analytics

Mission Areas

  • Environmental and Legacy Management: Chartered to support the DOE’s Environmental and Legacy Management programs, SRNL facilitates the safe closure and post-closure management of former nuclear weapons manufacturing and testing sites around the United States, including waste treatment, water and soil remediation, facility decommissioning, as well as performance assessments and monitoring activities.
  • Nuclear Materials Management: SRNL makes the world safer by optimizing technologies and approaches to reduce proliferation and recover critical nuclear materials around the globe. SRNL scientists and engineers design, develop, test, and deploy innovative technology solutions associated with fissile material transportation, characterization, stabilization, storage, and disposition challenges. This mission crosses a variety of DOE program offices and includes materials disposition, spent nuclear fuel management, plutonium technology, as well as rare and beneficial isotope recovery.
  • National Security: SRNL was established in 1951 to provide scientific support to the Savannah River Site as it produced the basic materials needed for nuclear deterrence during the Cold War. Building on this national security heritage, the lab continues to protect the nation by meeting inter-agency requirements related to tritium technology, homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation and forensics.
  • Science and Technology: SRNL performs cutting-edge research and development in a wide range of fundamental sciences and explores innovative ideas through its Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. Together, these initiatives drive future mission enablers in smart manufacturing, remote systems, cybersecurity, process intensification, and nuclear materials processing.
  • Advanced Computing and Cybersecurity: Robust computing and innovative cybersecurity capabilities are required to address global scientific challenges and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure. SRNL delivers novel computational and data science solutions to advance multi-program research and secure strategic assets.