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Announcement | Center for Nanoscale Materials

Current User Facility Access

Argonne National Laboratory remains in Limited Operations. During this operational phase, the Center for Nanoscale Materials’ (CNM) user office has automatically extended the expiration dates of user work approvals (UWAs) for onsite work. Principal Investigators (PIs) are notified when the work is completed using remote operations, or as newer UWAs are activated or identified. Accepted proposals that have not yet begun, as evidenced by a UWA start date, are being kept in a pending status indefinitely.  

Currently, the CNM user program is supporting:  

  • Mail-in/remote operation/participation for many capabilities. Remote and mail-in access remain a priority 
  • Remote access to the supercomputing cluster, Carbon, and programs developed by CNM’s Theory and Modeling Group 
  • Mail-out programs for select samples, depositions, fabrications and other select capabilities 
  • Projects from Argonne-employee users that cannot be performed remotely and that meet time-sensitive and mission-essential criteria. 

Beginning March 8, non-Argonne employee requests that require user presence to conduct experiments at the CNM can be sent through their proposal dashboards. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will require approval by the CNM Director. Requests must demonstrate why the experiment cannot be performed remotely and will be evaluated against time-sensitive and mission-essential criteria. An existing or pending user work approval (UWA) on an allocated proposal is required for such requests. Experiments approved for onsite access are limited to two users onsite per UWA, with preference given to experiments that require only one onsite user.

As the public health situation improves, Argonne will eventually move to the next stages of operations. For a visual representation of our phased approach to normal operations, visit https://​anl​.box​.com/​s​/​i​o​s​r​42​t​12​t​h​5​u​s​9​q​y​3​d​45​f​u​8​j​f​8​ro89p.

The health and safety of our employees, users, students and visitors remains our top priority. As the public health situation improves, Argonne will eventually move to subsequent phases, which will bring more user activity back onsite. We will continue to monitor and adapt to changing conditions onsite, in the surrounding communities, in our state and nationwide. We will move forward, or back, across phases as needed as the situation evolves.


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