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Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) offers a wide range of capabilities designed to enhance the study and creation of nanomaterials. From X-ray microscopy that uses the power of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) to clean room-based nanofabrication techniques, the CNM provides its staff and users with a powerful combination of scientific resources found nowhere else. This page offers a window into the unique CNM instrument and capability portfolio available to the user community.

Access to capabilities, tools and facilities at the CNM 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. Before submitting a proposal for access, prospective users are encouraged to contact staff members to learn more about the science and capabilities at the CNM.

Research Capability

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Investigation of nanoscale phenomena often requires unconventional techniques, such as highly advanced ultrahigh-vacuum scanning-probe microscopies, including scanning tunneling microscopy, tunneling spectroscopy and atomic and molecular manipulation.
Research Capability

X-ray Ptychography and Microscopy

X-ray ptychography and microscopy is performed by the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe Beamline operated by the Electron and X-ray Microscopy Group at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Sector 26 of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS).