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JUNE 2018
 
 
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Call for Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) User Proposals
The call for CNM user proposals is open. Proposals are due July 6. There is NO FEE to submit. Facility access is provided at NO COST for research that is in the public domain and intended for publication.

The CNM provides industry and academic researchers with access to a broad range of capabilities for design, synthesis, characterization, and theory and modeling in order to significantly advance the understanding of nanoscale phenomena and develop functional nanoscale systems.
 
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RECENT VISITS & EVENTS
 
 
 
 
 
CNM scientist Xuedan Ma (left) spoke with members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about cutting-edge research being done at CNM.
U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY VISITS CNM
On May 11, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology visited Argonne National Laboratory and took a tour of the CNM.
 
CNM Director Supratik Guha spoke with the House Committee members about the future of quantum science. He gave congressional testimony on quantum science prior to this in October 2017.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Anastasios Pateras, a CNM user and student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented his work during the User Meeting poster session.
MAY 2018 APS/CNM USERS MEETING DREW MORE THAN 430 SCIENTISTS
The annual user meeting provides researchers with a chance to share their scientific results with peers, participate in engaging classes, lectures and workshops in cutting-edge science, and consult with more than 60 vendors whose products and services can help augment their research. All researchers, including CNM and Advanced Photon Source (APS) users, and those who may be interested in becoming facility users in the future, are welcome to attend the annual event.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
CNM scientist Maria Chan (right) and CNM user and Northwestern University student Eric Schwenker (left) presented the use of computer vision and machine learning techniques together with atomistic modeling to interpret electron microscopy images.
CNM EXHIBIT AT SSURF CAPITOL HILL SCIENCE EXPO
CNM was invited to exhibit at the Capitol Hill Science Expo, organized by the Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF), on April 25, 2018. The expo was designed to raise awareness in Congress about the research being performed in U.S. user facilities. In line with the expo theme “Science as Infrastructure,” participants demonstrated that scientific advances, made possible by national user facilities, enable innovation that enhances U.S. economic competitiveness and ensure the security of our nation.
 
 
 
 
RECENT NEWS
 
 
 
 
 
NANODIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Argonne researchers have created a self-generating, very-low-friction dry lubricant that lasts an extraordinarily long time, a promising technology in the current landscape.
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THROUGH THICK AND THIN
Researchers solve a decades-old question: Is particle ordering responsible for the thickening of some industrial products when stirred rapidly? The answer brings us one step closer to solving complex industrial production problems.
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OUT OF THIN AIR
Argonne researchers conducted basic science computational studies as part of a collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago to design a “beyond-lithium-ion” battery cell that operates by running on air over many charge and discharge cycles. The design offers energy storage capacity about three times that of a lithium-ion battery, with significant potential for further improvements. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and the CNM were instrumental for high-performance computing.
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PEOPLE
 
 
 
 
 
Lin Sun at CNM’s 10th Anniversary Symposium
USERS AND STAFF SCIENTISTS WORK HAND IN HAND
"I use high performance computing resources and the electron beam lithography equipment at CNM. The CNM staff has provided a lot of great advice on our experimental techniques.” — Lin Sun, CNM user from Northwestern University
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
ANIRUDHA “ANI” SUMANT RECEIVES 2018 TECHCONNECT AWARD
Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant has earned a TechConnect Innovation Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes Sumant’s work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. The technology was developed in partnership with Euclid Techlabs to create a superior field emission electron source for use in linear accelerators.
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY STUDENT RECEIVES INVITED STUDENT TALK AWARD
The CNM Users Executive Committee (UEC) selected Alexandra Brumberg, a CNM user and student from Northwestern University, as the recipient of the 2018 Invited Student Talk Award for her presentation, “Material Dimensionality Effects on Electron Transfer Rates between CsPbBr3 and CdSe Nanoparticles.” CNM Associate Director for User Programs and Operations Kathleen Carrado Gregar (left) and CNM UEC Vice-Chair Joshua Wood (right) presented the award to Brumberg (center) at the 2018 APS/CNM User Meeting.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND NORTHWESTERN STUDENTS RECOGNIZED WITH CNM POSTER PRIZE AWARDS
Qianran He, a student from Illinois Institute of Technology, and Eric Schwenker, a student from Northwestern University, were recognized at the 2018 APS/CNM Users Meeting with CNM poster prize awards.
 
He (left) presented “Design and Synthesis Si@void@C Micro-Reactors for Next-Generation High Power Capacity Li-ion Batteries,” and Schwenker (right) presented “Inversion of Electron Microscopy Images Using Atomistic Simulations and Machine Learning.”   
 
The annual poster prizes offer opportunities for students to gain special recognition for their work at Argonne’s user facilities.
 
 
 
 
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