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About CNM

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The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory is a premier user facility providing expertise, instrumentation, and infrastructure for interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Academic, industrial, and international researchers can access the center through its user program for both nonproprietary and proprietary research.

The center's goal is to perform basic research and instrumentation development that explores ways to tailor nanoscale interactions by creating, visualizing, and assembling hybrid nanomaterial architectures for energy-related research and development programs. High-impact staff and user science is accommodated within the primary cross-cutting theme of "Energy and Information Transduction at the Nanoscale" that addresses grand challenges in energy and information conversion and transport (transduction), while furthering the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) missions of energy generation, storage, and efficiency.

The CNM is a DOE Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology. It was constructed under a joint partnership between the DOE and the State of Illinois, as part of DOE's Nanoscale Science Research Center program.

Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) plays a key role in the shared CNM/APS hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline that allows unprecedented views deep within nanomaterials.

The CNM's main research portfolio is organized around key areas:


The CNM welcomes outside users, both as independent investigators and as collaborators, from a wide range of scientific fields, on the basis of peer-reviewed proposals. Three calls for proposals are issued each year.

The accessibility of the CNM ensures a cross-disciplinary approach to nano-related research that enables ideas and activities to cross-pollinate, mature, and evolve over time into the pathways of scientific investigation and discovery that will help shape the future of our society.


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Argonne, IL 60439
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