Argonne National Laboratory

About the CNM

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.

As a Department of Energy (DOE) funded research center, the CNM is at the forefront of discovery science that addresses national grand challenges encompassing the topics of energy, information, materials and the environment. The scientific strategy of the CNM is consolidated under the following three crosscutting and interdependent scientific themes.  Collectively, they aim at the discovery and hierarchical integration of materials across different length scales, at the extremes of temporal, spatial, and energy resolutions:

  • Quantum materials and phenomena
  • Manipulating nanoscale interactions 
  • Synthesis of nano-architectures for energy, information and functionality

Embedded within these three themes and supporting them are the vector capabilities of X-ray microscopy, electron microscopy, and computational materials science. 

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, allows unprecedented views deep within nanomaterials, and other capabilities throughout the APS synchrotron.