The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) offers the national and international user community access to staff expertise and state-of-the-art equipment for a broad range of nanoscience research, including nanomaterials synthesis, nanofabrication, imaging/microscopy/characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation.
Users join a vibrant research community that brings together ORNL research staff, technical support staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and collaborating guest scientists. The program accommodates both short-term and long-term collaborative research projects. Access is obtained through a brief peer-reviewed proposal with no charge for users who intend to publish their results in the open literature. Access is available on a cost-recovery basis for research that is proprietary and not intended for publication or public dissemination. CNMS also acts as gateway for the nanoscience community to benefit from ORNL’s neutron sources (SNS and HFIR) and computational resources.