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FEBRUARY 2018
 
 
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Call for Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) User Proposals
The call for CNM user proposals opens Feb. 2. Proposals are due March 2. 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. Facility access is provided at NO COST for research that is in the public domain and intended for publication.
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FEB. 8 WEBINAR: HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CNM USER PROPOSAL
Tune in to this webinar on Feb. 8 from noon to 12:30 p.m. to learn easy tips on how you can make your CNM user proposal successful. There will be a Q&A session at the end.
 
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Piyush Pokharna (left) and Argonne Nanoscientist Elena Rozhkova (right) at CNM’s 10th Anniversary Symposium
USERS AND STAFF SCIENTISTS WORK HAND IN HAND
I have been working with CNM for a year now and this experience has shaped my career path moving forward as a scientist. — Piyush Pokharna, CNM user from Western Michigan University
 
 
 
 
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WELCOME, NEW STAFF MEMBER
Physicist Dafei Jin recently joined CNM’s Nanofabrication and Devices group. Dafei focuses on understanding the quantum and topological behaviors of elementary excitations (electrons, photons, plasmons, excitons, phonons, etc.) in nanoscale material systems and employing their individual or collective behaviors for robust quantum information transfer and quantum computing.
 
 
 
 
TWO CNM RESEARCHERS HONORED WITH MENTORING AWARDS
Xiao-Min Lin (QEM) received Argonne’s 2017 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award for demonstrating strong advocacy for professional skills development, collaboration inside and outside the laboratory and providing guidance through career decisions.
 
Subramanian Sankaranarayanan (TMG) received Argonne’s 2017 Outstanding Staff Mentor Award for exceptional work in mentoring and ensuring Argonne employees can achieve their full potential.
 
 
 
 
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"HOT" ELECTRONS HEAT UP SOLAR ENERGY RESEARCH
CNM research has shown how hybrid nanomaterials may be used to convert light energy more efficiently for applications in photocatalysis, photovoltaics and ultrafast optics.
 
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NINE WAYS ARGONNE ADVANCED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN 2017
Here’s a look back at nine cool stories that came out of research projects and collaborations at Argonne, including CNM’s contributions to the Oleo Sponge and a brain-mimicking material.
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IME SCIENTISTS DIG DEEP IN SOIL FOR DATA TO IMPROVE AGRIGULTURE, POLLUTION
Soil is an incredibly complex ecosystem feeding into crop health and the Earth’s nutrient cycles in ways not fully understood. Recent advances in wireless data communications and the growing revolution of portable, cheap sensors have made it possible for scientists, including CNM Director Supratik Guha and UChicago Research Professor Monisha Ghosh, to start a pilot program to take real-time soil measurements.
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SAVE THE DATE: 2018 APS/CNM USERS MEETING
Mark your calendar. The annual joint APS/CNM Users Meeting will be held May 7-10, 2018. All are welcome to attend. The event will feature technical workshops, plenary sessions, poster sessions, a vendor expo, social events and short courses.
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TIPS & TOOLS FOR CURRENT USERS
 
 
 
 
 
HIGH IMPACT JOURNALS
The U.S. Department of Energy recognizes a selection of journals that convey especially high-impact nanoscience and nanotechnology studies from the Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs) to the public domain. The NSRC user community, including CNM’s user community, can consider publishing in these journals when appropriate. The list of top 20 journals is available online.
 
 
 
 
 
PROX CARD UPDATES
Usage tracker devices are next to each of CNM’s major instruments. Please scan your prox (i.e., proximity) card when you start and end instrument time. Your prox card also will allow you to gain access to rooms for which you have received authorization from your CNM Scientific Contact (SciCon). Prox card readers were recently installed for the electron microscope rooms in Buildings 212 and 216 and will be activated in February. Part of your access and authorization includes taking a brief Building 212/216 orientation class available at the Remote Training Site (NST212216). Please contact your SciCon or the User Office at cnm_useroffice@anl.gov with any questions about prox access and usage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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