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As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

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With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

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In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

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About NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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March 7, 2019

Dr. John D. McLean, superintendent, Information Technology Division for the Systems Directorate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory retired after 39 years, March 1, 2019. He served as a scientist, supervisory scientist, senior scientist, and senior administrator at NRL.

Jay L. Cooper, Associate Director of Research for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Business Operations Directorate. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
February 25, 2019

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory selects Jay L. Cooper as Associate Director of Research for Business Operations, responsible for providing executive management, policy development, and program administration necessary to support the activities of the scientific directorates.

WASHINGTON — Chanel Person, senior chemistry major at Hampton University and 3- year veteran of NRL’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) internship, shows how research involving packaging double-stranded DNA in viral capsids is conducted. Person, a chemistry major, gained considerable experience in molecular biology, which is an advantage of the 10-week multi-disciplinary internship.  (U.S. Navy Photo by: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
February 25, 2019
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s STEM education efforts were recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology and the National Science and Technology Council last month in a federal report.
(a) Illustration showing an AFM tip indenting the TMD/polymer structure to introduce local strain. (b) Patterned single photon emission in WSe<sub>2</sub> induced by AFM indentation of the letters “NRL” and “AFRL”. (c) AFM indents produce single photon emitter “ornaments” on a monolayer WSe<sub>2</sub> “Christmas tree.”
February 13, 2019
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have developed a way to directly write quantum light sources, which emit a single photon of light at a time, into monolayer semiconductors such as tungsten diselenide (WSe2).
1776’s host walks center-stage before the Innovation Discovery Event, where four NRL researchers presented to a panel of private and public, research and development professionals on Nov. 28, 2018. As the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, 1776 offers access to a global network of connections with established institutions and corporations, influencers, expert mentors, and investors. Here, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is able to work in collaborative spaces where researchers can be
January 30, 2019

The Technology Transfer Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory forged a strategic partnership with 1776, the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, to foster innovative-intellectual exchange and gainful collaborative agreements.

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