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Safety is integral to the Center for Nanoscale Materials’ (CNM) scientific mission.

Plan your chemical use at CNM

Bring only what you have to

We ask that you keep the amount of hazardous materials you bring to the CNM to a minimum. Please check to see if your CNM Scientific Contact can arrange for needed chemical reagents. If the needed chemical reagents are not available, try to arrange for direct shipment from the manufacturer or supplier to the CNM.

Plan in advance for chemical storage

Before you come to CNM, please identify any special storage requirements for materials that you plan on shipping to the facility. Discuss this with your CNM Scientific Contact. 

How to ship samples and equipment

You are required to comply with U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Argonne and CNM requirements for inbound and outbound shipping.

NOTE: You may NOT transport hazardous chemicals in your vehicle on Argonne’s site.

If you need to transport hazardous material to the CNM, contact support organizations at your home institution to determine what is permitted under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and DOT regulations. 

Tip for successful shipping: Use FedEx if possible. Contractual arrangements are in place with Argonne to ensure correct and timely delivery.

How to ship non-hazardous materials

Non-hazardous samples (including dry shippers without liquid), materials and tools may be shipped to Argonne, or you may transport them yourself. Packages are delivered to the CNM Building 440 dock. Please contact your institution’s safety office for assistance with proper shipping methods.

For delivery Monday - Friday (except holidays), address your packages to:

User’s Name
c/o CNM Contact Person’s Name
Center for Nanoscale Materials

Argonne National Laboratory

9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439


For delivery on weekends and holidays, the shipment must be sent to the Argonne Guest House, addressed to a person in your group who has a reservation there and it should strictly follow the Non-hazardous Saturday FedEx Delivery Procedure. Address your packages to:

User’s Name (user who has room reservation)
c/o Argonne Guest House, Building 460
Argonne National Laboratory

9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, Illinois 60439

How to ship hazardous materials

Anything hazardous must be shipped and processed through Argonne’s hazardous materials receiving area. Special provisions may apply for small quantities and biohazards. If you need to transport hazardous material to the CNM, contact support organizations at your home institution to determine what is permitted under FAA and DOT regulations.

For delivery Monday-Friday (except holidays), address your package to:


Recipient’s name

c/o Building 46, Hazardous Materials Receiving

CNM 440 Contact Name: Judith Yaeger

Argonne National Laboratory

9700 S. Cass Ave.

Argonne, IL 60439

NOTE: Deliveries of hazardous materials will not be accepted at Argonne National Laboratory on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

All hazardous substances must be packaged and labeled according to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations; otherwise, Argonne’s receiving staff will refuse to accept the shipment. Contact your institution’s safety office for assistance with proper shipping methods.

Hazardous materials” are those identified as hazardous by DOT or International Air Transport Association (IATA), such as liquid nitrogen, propane, freon or ethane, and biological samples that are identified as hazardous by DOT or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How to make foreign shipments to Argonne

If you are shipping materials to Argonne from outside the United States, you are responsible for your own shipments, including all aspects of the U.S. customs clearing process. It’s recommended that you work with a customs broker who will file the necessary customs papers and expedite packages through customs.

Argonne will not act as importer, exporter, consignee or broker for your international shipments. You are responsible for any licenses, import duties, taxes, bonds, fees or other charges associated with importation or exportation.

How to take samples back to your home institution 

Any non-hazardous samples that you’d like to continue to study when your time at CNM has concluded may be moved to your home institution. For shipment of hazardous chemicals and samples, please consult your CNM Scientific Contact. CNM’s Environment, Safety and Health Coordinator and Chemical Manager are available to advise on return shipping of hazardous and biological materials.

Return shipping

Argonne’s shipping department services are available to you as a CNM user. Shipping costs, however, must be charged to your account, so you should ensure that an account has been established in advance. If you want your shipment to be insured, you must specifically note this request on your shipping order. If you need to make special arrangements to return your material(s), contact your CNM Scientific Contact for help.

Tip: When scheduling a nonhazardous return shipment with FedEx, speak directly to a person and specify the exact building.

How to dispose of your chemical waste 

Hazardous wastes may not be shipped from Argonne -- they must be disposed of by the laboratory. Argonne and the CNM make this service available at no cost to you as a CNM user. 

To use this service, someone from your research group and a CNM staff member must be aware of the history of the materials comprising the waste. They will have to indicate whether the material has been used in a location where it has been subject to activation or radiological contamination. Although there are disposal alternatives for chemicals that have an unknown history, they are more expensive, and the CNM seeks to avoid additional costs if possible.