The certificate, that can be seen hanging on the White’s house wall, attests to Walter’s participation in the research that brought two American scientists, Herbert A. Hauptman and Jerome Karle, to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985, and precisely for their “outstanding achievements in the development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures”. At that time, the study was developed throughout many laboratories all over the country, and the Los Alamos Science Research Center was one of those.
Nothing strange, the scientists who are awarded the Nobel Prize usually work in teams with many collaborators. It is therefore plausible that Walter had worked on that project, too. And it is equally plausible, yet regrettable, that a lost Walter White used that merit to produce lethal methamphetamine.