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The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) is a DOE Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology. The mission of the NSRCs is twofold: to enable the external scientific community to carry out high-impact nanoscience projects through an open, peer-reviewed user program, and to conduct in-house research to discover, understand, and exploit functional nanomaterials for society’s benefit. To fulfill this mission, CNM houses the most advanced facilities for nanoscience research and employs world-class scientists who are experts in nanoscience and nanotechnology who enjoy working with external users.

The CNM was constructed under a joint partnership between 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, enabling unprecedented views deep within nanomaterials.

Submit a proposal to use our facilities

Access to CNM capabilities, tools and facilities is provided through a peer-reviewed proposal submission process. Although individual capabilities are managed by CNM’s research groups, any combination of capabilities can be used across the CNM scientific portfolio and requested in your user proposal.