Argonne National Laboratory

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.

At the Forefront of Discovery Science

Three circled areas with gradients indicating circular flow between the three: facilities, staff, and users.
Integrated approach to research at CNM reflecting close links between the CNM user program, staff expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities for nanoscience and nanotechnology research to provide basic science advances that support key national scientific priorities.

Our vision for the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory is to continue to enhance its role as a world-leading research center in nanoscience, while serving and leveraging a large user science community to produce basic science discoveries that impact the needs and critical technologies of the United States. These include, for example, discoveries that impact clean energy, quantum information science (QIS), artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), optoelectronics and microelectronics. Achieving this vision requires the discovery, characterization, and integration of materials across different scales at the cutting-edge technological extremes of temporal, spatial, and energy resolutions. The complexity of this work is made possible by exceptionally capable research staff and users, combined with world-class research facilities and supporting operations staff. Staff and users work together to help determine the capabilities that are available, which span synthesis, nanofabrication, characterization, computation and theory. We work with our users to determine future capability acquisitions and anticipate emerging scientific directions in the nanosciences to support U.S. science and technology.

For details on our approach to this mission, please see our Strategic Plan.