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Announcement | Center for Nanoscale Materials

Restricted User Facility Access

September 30, 2020 — For Users Who Are Argonne Employees

Argonne National Laboratory remains in Limited Operations, and we expect to stay in this phase for some time to come. However, the Department of Energy has approved an expansion of work at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) during Limited Operations that will allow for increased activity at our facility.  

Beginning on October 5, 2020, we will be welcoming back pre-authorized and pre-trained CNM users who are Argonne employees. We will be starting with a few users per week to conduct onsite research and implementing onsite activities on a rotational schedule. We look forward to the time when we are able to invite back other CNM users from Argonne whose authorization or training has lapsed, as well as new users.  

We encourage all users to continue to engage with CNM staff regarding data already acquired; for example, data analysis and manuscript preparation, and to engage staff about possible mail-in sample analysis and remote operation of instruments. 

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.  

 

June 15, 2020 — For All Other Users

On June 15, Argonne started a phased, coordinated process to return to normal operations. The first phase of the transition—limited operations—will restart a select number of additional activities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials.

In this phase, there will be a careful and deliberate approach to beginning core strategic scientific research, in addition to continuing to support COVID-19 user projects and remote theory work. In addition, we are evaluating the possibility of supporting limited remote experimental users for non-COVID-19 research. We encourage users to continue to engage with staff regarding data already acquired; for example, data analysis and manuscript preparation.

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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