The mission of the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program is to support fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support Department of Energy (DOE) missions in energy, environment, and national security. BES has a long-standing strategic planning process that includes BES advisory committee reports, topical in-depth community workshops and reports, and rigorous program reviews.
BES-supported activities include research on materials built with atom-by-atom precision and computational models that can be used to predict the behavior of materials before they are synthesized. In the portfolio, computational materials science, synthesis science and mechanical behavior studies provide underpinning science relevant to ICME and a wide range of technologies. This talk will overview the currently funded research and outline the process by which the overarching strategies are developed.