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Argonne National Laboratory
December 7, 2017
center for Nanoscale materials
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Recent News
CNM 10th Anniversary Symposium

Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) held a successful 10th Anniversary Symposium on October 27, 2017. Current and former users, along with Argonne scientists and senior executives, celebrated 10 years of groundbreaking scientific discoveries made possible by the CNM facility. A timeline of our shared accomplishments from the last decade is available online.

The symposium included a kickoff event in which U.S. Congressman Bill Foster, 11th District of Illinois, talked about the national importance of science. Pat Dehmer, retired DOE Office of Science Deputy Director for Science Programs, Paul Kearns, Argonne Laboratory Director, and Supratik Guha, CNM Director, spoke about CNM’s history and the unique capabilities available to scientists. For those who were unable to attend in person, the symposium’s kickoff remarks are now available on YouTube.

Thank you for being a part of our community over the last 10 years. Each user, scientist, stakeholder and staff member is a valued member of our community. We look forward to many more years of scientific discovery with you.

New Capabilities Available

The CNM is proud to offer several new capabilities:

  • Bragg ptychography at CNM/Advanced Photon Source (APS) Sector 26
  • FEI Talos F200X TEM/STEM with EDS
  • Joint CNM/APS Rheo-SAXS-XPCS instrument at Sector 8 of the APS
  • Omicron Cryo variable-temperature UHV STM (4K base) with 6T external magnetic field
  • Quantum Entanglement with Single Photons Microscope (QESP)

The new Argonne Clean Room, a 6,000 square-foot facility, was added to the existing CNM clean room in 2017. We will make you aware of new instruments added to this space as they become available to CNM users.

Survey results: We’re acting on your suggestions
Many thanks to those who took the time to provide feedback via CNM's annual survey. Several actions are now being implemented based on feedback you provided:
  • CNM has committed to investing a significant portion of its budget towards regular updates of equipment and capabilities.
  • We are enhancing communication to make you aware when new capabilities are available for use.
  • We are in the process of refreshing the CNM website to be more user friendly.
Welcome, new staff members
Community, collegiality and collaboration is part of what makes CNM such a successful and sought-out scientific user facility. Please join us in welcoming several new staff members:
  • Ilke Arslan, Electron and X-ray Microscopy Group Leader. Ilke was a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory prior to joining Argonne and has expertise in the electron microscopy of catalytic materials.
  • Hua Chen, Environment, Safety and Health Coordinator. Hua supports CNM's commitment to keeping people safe while conducting groundbreaking science.
  • Haihua Liu, Assistant Scientist, Electron and X-ray Microscopy group. Haihua will support TEM users while working on developing new electron microscopy capabilities.
  • Xuedan Ma, Assistant Scientist, Nanophotonics and Biofunctional Structures group. Xuedan leads programs in quantum optics, developed the new CNM Quantum Entaglement with Single Photons Microscope (QESP) and supports QESP user science.
important dates & deadlines
User Meeting Workshop Topics due Dec. 15
Workshop proposals for the May 2018 APS/CNM Users Meeting are due Dec. 15. Partial travel funds to support speakers will be available. Send proposals to and include the following:
  • Names and emails of two workshop co-organizers (registration fees are waived for two individuals)
  • One-page description (maximum) of the workshop's scientific or technical focus
  • Draft list of potential speakers (Do not invite anyone until notified of acceptance)
Winter break and maintenance periods begin Dec. 22
Argonne National Laboratory and CNM will be shut down for winter break beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. There also will be a facility preventative maintenance period Jan. 2-7, 2018, during which several capabilities will be unavailable.

The Argonne Guest House will also be closed Dec. 18, 2017, to Feb. 5, 2018, for renovations.

Contact your primary CNM Science Contact or the CNM User Office at with any questions.
Submitted user proposals to receive notification this month
Individuals who submitted user proposals as part of the October 2017 call will receive notification of their proposal status before the end of the calendar year.

The next user proposal submission period is Feb. 2 to March 2, 2018.
tools & tips
Publication acknowledgments: What to include
Acknowledging CNM properly in publications is an essential part of your role and in CNM's long-term viability as a user facility. The former Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) has been fully integrated into CNM and must no longer be cited.

Here is the proper statement to include in publications benefiting from the use of any CNM capabilities:

Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, an Office of Science user facility, was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.
Tool usage trackers: Scan your prox card
Usage tracker devices have been installed next to each of CNM’s major instruments. Please scan your prox (i.e., proximity) card when you start and end instrument time.

Prox card readers have also been installed at the electron microscopes in Buildings 212 and 216. These readers will be activated in January 2018. At that time, your prox card will allow you to gain access to rooms for which you have received authorization from your CNM Scientific Contact (SciCon). Part of the authorization includes taking a brief building orientation class available at the Remote Training Site (NST212216). Please contact your SciCon or the User Office at with any questions.
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