Argonne National Laboratory

CNM Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory is a premier user facility providing expertise, instrumentation, and infrastructure for interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology research. As a Department of Energy (DOE) funded research center, the CNM is at the forefront of discovery science that addresses national grand challenges encompassing the topics of energy, information, materials and the environment. The Center is also a vibrant member of the Argonne National Laboratory’s scientific community, fully invested in the Laboratory’s key initiatives for advanced materials and chemistry, and research partnerships with other DOE user facilities at Argonne such as the Advanced Photon Source (APS) and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).

The scientific strategy of the Center for Nanoscale Materials is consolidated under the following three crosscutting and interdependent scientific themes, noted below.  Collectively, they aim at the discovery and hierarchical integration of materials across different length scales, at the extremes of temporal, spatial, and energy resolutions:

Theme I - Quantum materials and phenomena

Theme II - Manipulating nanoscale interactions

Theme III - Synthesis of nano-architectures for energy, information and functionality

Embedded within these three themes, and supporting them are the vector capabilities of X-ray microscopy, electron microscopy, and computational materials science.

Posted April 2018