Dr. Bruce Garrett

Garrett Bruce 

Division Director

Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences

Office of Basic Energy Sciences 
SC-32.1/Germantown Building 
U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290

E-Mail: Bruce.Garrett@science.doe.gov 
Phone: (301) 903-8165

Dr. Garrett joined the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in November 2016 as Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division.  He leads an excellent team responsible for managing a broad portfolio of experimental, theoretical, and computational research to provide fundamental understanding of chemical transformations and energy flow in systems relevant to DOE missions.

Dr. Garrett brings to BES almost four decades of experience in a national laboratory and private research organizations. Before joining BES he was Chief Scientist for Chemical Sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  During his 27 years at PNNL he managed organizations ranging from small research groups to the Physical Sciences Division, where he had responsibilities for an organization of over 150 staff members as well as serving as the point of contact for the PNNL’s BES Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences programs.

Dr. Garrett received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral specialist at the University of Minnesota. His expertise is in theoretical and computational chemistry with a focus on reaction rate theory and its application to gas and condensed phase chemical reactions, gas-to-particle nucleation kinetics, and mass transfer across interfaces. His research produced more than 220 publications that resulted in more than 18,000 citations.  Recognition of his scientific contributions includes being named Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine