Argonne National Laboratory

The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) has specific interest in growing the industrial user program and encourages researchers in industry to consider the capabilities and expertise we have to offer. As a CNM user, you have easy access to sophisticated scientific instrumentation geared toward nanoscience and nanotechnology. Moreover, our widely recognized staff researchers offer support in designing your experiments, using the equipment, and analyzing your data.

Access to the CNM is through peer review of user proposals. Before you submit your first user proposal, we encourage you to contact any of our staff researchers, group leaders, the User Office, or division management to discuss the feasibility of your intended research using the expertise and facilities at the CNM. We are here to serve you as part of our user community and will be happy to address any questions you might have.

For nonproprietary work with the intention of publishing, access to the CNM is free of charge to any user, including industrial users. We have supported very successful industrial user projects, and we encourage you to take a look at our industrial user research highlights in the next section.

Research Highlights

User Agreement

Your organization will be required to sign a legal user agreement before any work can start.

The general user agreement identifies intellectual property rights and liabilities. At larger companies, you may wish to send the user agreement to your legal department to have it cleared in advance to avoid delays in your start date.

Companies retain title to their researchers’ inventions, and Argonne retains title to its researchers’ inventions; the U.S. government retains a royalty-free license and some oversight of the utilization efforts.

Proprietary Work

You are welcome to carry out proprietary research at the CNM. However, in this case, we are required by the U.S. Department of Energy to fully recover the cost of the research. A prefilled account with the estimated lump sum cost of the planned research must be set up at least six weeks before any planned work can begin.

If you require a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) to discuss details of your work, we will gladly send you Argonne’s standard NDA.

For proprietary user proposals: