Argonne National Laboratory

User Information

The CNM user program provides access to equipment and technical expertise and is open to academia, industry, government agencies, and research institutes worldwide that have questions in nanoscience or nanotechnology that they wish to address. Access is obtained via brief peer-reviewed proposals with no charge for users who intend to publish their results. Access is also available on a cost-recovery basis for proprietary research that is not intended for the public domain.

Prospective users are encouraged to contact CNM staff members to learn more about the science and capabilities at the CNM. Multi-user facility projects that could benefit from the use of the CNM and the Advanced Photon Source APS) also are possible.The CNM is mandated to offer user access only 40 hours per week which is accommodated Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

If you are not an Argonne National Laboratory employee then a user agreement signed by your home institution is a prerequisite for experimental work at any of Argonne's user facilities. The Department of Energy provides master agreements that cover liability, intellectual property, and financial issues. The names of institutions with master agreements currently in place are available online, as are templates of the master agreement documents.


Argonne National Laboratory enforces the REAL ID Act affecting site access for US citizens from certain jurisdictions requesting new ID badges. Acceptable forms of ID for both US and non-US citizens can be found here. A regular (non-enhanced) driver’s license for these jurisdictions is NOT an acceptable form of identification: American Samoa and Minnesota. As of January 10, 2016, driver’s licenses and ID cards issued by the States of Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington do not meet the Act’s standards. This will not affect access to the Argonne site by CNM users with a valid user badge. It only pertains to first-time users and/or users who do not hold a valid user badge.

Argonne has created an internal screening and reporting system that will allow the use of driver’s licenses from these states as identification for site access. However, users from these states can help minimize additional workload by bringing their passports with them as identification.