Physical Sciences

Army Research Office
P.O. Box 12211
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211

Commercial: 919.549.4323
DSN: 832.4323
Fax: 919.549.4384

Dr. Hugh De Long, Director

Research in the Physical Sciences is focused on basic research to discover, understand, and exploit physical, chemical, and biological phenomena. This research is of a fundamental nature; however, in the long term, discoveries in this area are expected to lead to revolutionary capabilities in sensing, communications, protection, wound healing, power/energy storage and generation, and materials that extend the performance of Army systems well beyond current limits.


The Physics Division supports research to discover and understand exotic quantum and extreme optical physics where new regimes are expected to create revolutionary capabilities for the future warfighter.

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Optical Physics and Fields
  • Quantum Scale Materials (International Program)

Chemical Sciences

The Chemical Sciences Division supports research to discover and understand the fundamental properties, principles, and processes governing molecules and their interactions in materials or chemical systems to provide the scientific foundation to create revolutionary capabilities for the future warfighter, such as new protective and responsive materials, sensors, and munitions.

  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Reactive Chemical Systems
  • Electrochemistry
  • Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Energy Transport and Storage (International Program)

Life Sciences

The Life Sciences Division supports research efforts to advance the Army and Nation's knowledge and understanding of the fundamental properties, principles, and processes governing DNA, RNA, proteins, organelles, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes, as well as multi- species communities, biofilms, individual humans, and groups of humans. The interests of the Life Sciences Division are primarily in the following areas: biochemistry, neuroscience, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, proteomics, epigenetics, systems biology, bioinformatics, and social science. The results of fundamental research supported by this Division are expected to enable the creation of new technologies for optimizing warfighters' physical and cognitive performance capabilities, for protecting warfighters, and for creating new Army capabilities in the areas of biomaterials, energy, logistics, and intelligence.

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Neurophysiology of Cognition
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Synthetic Biology (International Program)
  • Human Dimension (International Program)

Last Update / Reviewed: December 12, 2017