Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials U.S. Department of Energy


The Center for Nanoscale Materials is pursuing world-leading research programs in six major areas. These programs exploit the unique electronic, magnetic, structural, chemical, and optical properties of individual nanostructures and their ordered arrays.

The CNM also works with its partner user facilities at Argonne, the Electron Microscopy Center and the Advanced Photon Source, to provide access to world-leading characterization methods. As a principle component of its mission, the center capitalizes on the brilliance of the Advanced Photon Source for a hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline. The capabilities and focus of the CNM complements those of the other U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Centers.

Electronic & Magnetic Materials & Devices
The goal of the Electronic and Magnetic Materials and Devices (EMMD) group is controlled manipulation, characterization, and synthesis of electronic and magnetic materials at atomic and molecular levels for the advancement of nanoscience and energy-related applications.

NanoBio Interfaces
Functionally integrated biomolecule-inorganic hybrid conjugates and their assemblies are developed, guided by nature's principles, for energy and information transduction, advanced medical therapies, biosensors, and novel electronic devices.

Nanofabrication & Devices
The goal of the Nanofabrication and Devices Group (NFD) is to understand and control the interactions governing nanoscale materials and structures in order to design functional nanoscale devices.

The objective of nanophotonics is to control optical energy and its conversion on the nanoscale by combining metal, organic, semiconducting, and dielectric materials properties and creating strongly coupled states of light and matter for chemical and catalytic reactivity, photonic circuits, sensors, and optical nonlinearities.

Theory & Modeling
The Theory & Modeling Group (TMG) enables the discovery and characterization of nanoscale materials for energy and the advancement of our understanding of nanoscience. Techniques employed range from first-principles electronic structure theory to continuum level modeling. The group focuses on several specific problem areas: molecular conversion and transport at interfaces; the atomistic origins of the physical properties of nanoscale materials; and optical and quantum phenomena in hybrid nanoscale materials.

X-Ray Microscopy
The X-Ray Microscopy Group (XMG) exploits the unique capabilities of hard X-ray microscopy to visualize and understand the nanoscale structure and behavior of complex, hybrid, and energy-related nanomaterials. XMG operates the Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe in collaboration with the Advanced Photon Source.

Electron Microscopy Center

Electron Microscopy Center
The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) develops and maintains unique capabilities for electron beam characterization and applies those capabilities to solve materials problems. Research by EMC staff includes microscopy based studies in high Tc superconducting materials, irradiation effects in metals and semiconductors, phase transformations, and processing related structure and chemistry of interfaces in thin films.

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