CNM's scientific strategy is consolidated under 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 sensing
Theme II - Manipulating nanoscale interactions
Theme III - Nanoscale dynamics
Embedded within these three themes and supporting them are the vector capabilities of X-ray microscopy, electron microscopy and computational materials science.