Brandon Wood

Contact information:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-413
Livermore, CA 94550
phone: (925) 422-8391

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  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, MIT (2007)
  • B.S., Physics; B.A., Slavic Languages and Literature, Stanford University (2001)


My primary research interests lie in the application of ab initio and mesoscale simulations and high-performance computing to materials for energy storage and conversion, as well as materials degradation. My research projects span the fields of hydrogen storage and generation, electrocatalysis, solid-state batteries, and corrosion science. A key focus area is the development of new approaches to better simulate realistic device operating environments, including reactive interfaces, electrochemical and voltage-induced phenomena, surface functionality, cooperative dynamics, and nonequilibrium behavior. I am also interested in the development of descriptors that use physiochemical principles to efficiently predict processes within high-throughput simulation environments, as well as methods for integrating simulation methods across broad ranges of scales.

In addition to my technical activities, I currently serve as Associate Program Lead for Hydrogen & Computational Energy Materials and Deputy Director of the Laboratory for Energy Applications for the Future (LEAF), an LLNL initiative focused on the development of advanced materials for energy applications. I am also the Theory Lead for the Hydrogen Storage--Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), funded by the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. HyMARC focuses on foundational understanding of kinetic and thermodynamic limitations underlying solid-state hydrogen storage, and on the development of open tools for the hydrogen storage research community.

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