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CNM User Information

Become a CNM User!

The call for CNM user proposals is now open. Proposals are due October 29, 2021.


Welcome to the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM). Our nanoscience and nanotechnology research program provides researchers with access to a broad range of capabilities for design, synthesis, characterization and theory and modeling in order to significantly advance the understanding of nanoscale phenomena and develop functional nanoscale systems.

There is no cost to use the CNM if you intend to publish your results. You can also access CNM facilities on a cost-recovery basis for proprietary research that is not intended for the public domain.

Staff scientists at the CNM pursue an ambitious research program in nanomaterials and nanoscale phenomena while working closely with users from around the world to pioneer groundbreaking nanomaterials discoveries.

Call for user proposals

We issue three calls for user proposals each year. Proposals are due in early Spring, Summer, and late Fall.

Calls for 2021 user proposals open: 2021 proposals due:
February 5, 2021 March 5, 2021
June 4, 2021 July 2, 2021
October 1, 2021 October 29, 2021


Calls for 2022 user proposals open: 2022 proposals due:
February 4, 2022 March 4, 2022
June 3, 2022 July 1, 2022
October 2022 (tentative) October 2022 (tentative)

Get started now

If you’re ready to start the proposal process, click here

Access multiple user facilities at one location

Users at the CNM can also access Argonne’s four other user facilities, including the Advanced Photon Source and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, for multimodal and cross-functional projects.