Advanced Photon Source

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CNM Asks: "Would You Like Some Nano With That?"


The CNM staff.The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) is a sister U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences user facility co-located with the APS. Like the APS, access to CNM capabilities is free for non-proprietary work. Fully one-third of CNM’s users have taken advantage of at least one APS beamline.

Now, CNM wishes to return the favor by soliciting proposals from APS users who could benefit from such offerings as a world-class nanofabrication facility, an unparalleled suite of ultrahigh-vacuum scanning-tunneling microscopes (STM) with various near-field probes, diverse synthesis tools, femtosecond to microsecond transient absorption/emission spectroscopy from the UV to the nIR and beyond to THz, and a wide variety of optical and electron microscopes, to name a few.

The CNM also offers an extensive theory and modeling component to complement your research. Joint APS/CNM capabilities include the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at APS Sector 26, Rheo-XPCS at APS Sector 8-ID, and a developing synchrotron x-ray STM at APS Sector 4.

CNM's proposal deadlines are the same as for APS; more information can be found at:

You can read more about CNM at or contact

The Center for Nanoscale Materials is one of the five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers, premier national user facilities for interdisciplinary research at the nanoscale supported by the DOE Office of Science. Together the NSRCs comprise a suite of complementary facilities that provide researchers with state-of-the-art capabilities to fabricate, process, characterize and model nanoscale materials, and constitute the largest infrastructure investment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The NSRCs are located at DOE's Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. For more information about the DOE NSRCs, please visit


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The Advanced Photon Source is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

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