The Materials and Systems Branch conducts basic and applied research spanning the synthesis, processing, characterization, and implementation of advanced materials for naval and defense applications. Basic research efforts encompass materials analysis and modification from atomic to micron scales via x-ray, electron, and ion beam methods; micro-analytical techniques for nuclear forensics; design and synthesis of new classes of materials with unique electrical, optical, plasmonic, chemical, mechanical, and energy storage characteristics; and advanced processing via lasers, plasmas, and microwaves. Applied research and development efforts develop and demonstrate components, devices, and systems for sensors, communication, power transmission, and fuel generation using specifically tailored techniques ranging from microfabrication to direct-write processes.

The Branch consists of seven sections. They are: