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Center for Nanoscale Materials

CNM Research Groups

The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) is pursuing world-leading research programs in several major areas. These programs exploit the unique electronic, magnetic, structural, chemical, and optical properties of individual, assembled and ordered nanostructures.

The CNM also works with its partner user facility at Argonne, the Advanced Photon Source (APS), to provide access to world-leading and unique characterization methods. As a principal component of its mission, the center capitalizes on the brilliance of the APS for a Hard X-ray Nanoprobe beamline. The capabilities and focus of the CNM complement those of the other U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Centers.

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Electron and X-ray Microscopy

We develop capabilities that go beyond off-the-shelf technology to identify, define and develop electron and X-ray microscopy needs including data science and new modalities such as ptychography.
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Nanofabrication and Devices

We fabricate, integrate and manipulate nanostructures including incorporation—under cleanroom conditions—of elements that couple mechanical, optical and electrical signals to produce working nanofabricated structures.
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Theory and Modeling

We use molecular dynamics, electronic structure theory, quantum and electrodynamics, multi-scale modeling, machine-learning and data science to understand and predict nanoscale tribology, thermal and charge transport and quantum entanglement.