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.

The CNM is at the forefront of discovery research that addresses national grand challenges encompassing energy, materials, and the environment. Under an overarching scientific theme of Manipulating Nanoscale Interactions for Energy Efficient Processes, we seek to discover new materials, visualize events with high resolution as they occur, understand the physics and chemistry of energetic processes at the nanoscale, and manipulate nanoscale interactions to synthesize and fabricate useful, energy-efficient structures with new functionalities. Much of the focus of the past decade of work in nanomaterials has been on understanding the properties of materials at the nanoscale, and developing ways of synthesizing and manipulating them. The tasks for the next decade will include the hierarchical integration of materials across different length scales (from the nanoscale to the mesoscale) in order to create energy-efficient and affordable functionality that affects the public good in a major way. They will also include manipulating and extracting detailed information at the extremes of temporal, spatial, and energy resolutions, down to single-atom and molecular entities.

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.