In addition to the CNMS, Oak Ridge National Laboratory operates a number of other National User Facilities for use by the broader research community. In particular, the facilities listed on this page offer a variety of capabilities for materials characterization and computational nanoscience that may enhance the research projects of CNMS users. The CNMS has established cooperative agreements with these ORNL facilities to coordinate proposal review and scheduling for users needing access to multiple facilities. Prospective CNMS users are encouraged to take advantage of these related user facilities during planning, proposing, and conducting research at the CNMS. Details about the capabilities of each of these user facilities can be found on their individual web-sites using the links provided below.
Research Equipment (ShaRE) User Facility
Instruments previously associated with the Shared Research Equipment (ShaRE) User Facility have been fully integrated into CNMS as of October 1, 2013. These capabilities are described on this website under Microscopy, Neutron and X-ray Scattering and may be selected directly on the CNMS proposal form.
Scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux
Isotope Reactor (HFIR)
Neutron scattering techniques provide exceptional tools for studying the structure and dynamics of materials at the molecular level. With the High Flux Isotope Reactor—the highest flux reactor-based neutron source for condensed matter research in the United States—and the Spallation Neutron Source—the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source—ORNL provides neutron scattering capabilities unavailable anywhere else in the world. CNMS users are encouraged to take advantage of ORNL’s neutron scattering facilities either (1) by attaching a 2-page Neutron Scattering appendix to their CNMS user proposal if neutron scattering is intended to be a supporting component of a CNMS project, or (2) by submitting a separate proposal to the ORNL neutron scattering user program if the primary thrust of the proposal is to obtain access to neutron scattering. A Mail-In proposal process is also available for selected beamlines.
- Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility
The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) provides the most powerful computing resources in the world for open scientific research. It is one of the world’s premier science facilities—an unparalleled research environment that supports dramatic advances in understanding how the physical world works and using that knowledge to address our most pressing national and international concerns. CNMS users who require high-performance computing are able to obtain access to OLCF systems and receive assistance in running codes on them through submission of a CNMS user proposal.
High Temperature Materials Laboratory
The High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML) helps solve materials problems that limit the efficiency and reliability of advanced systems for power generation and energy conversion, distribution and use. Instruments available at the HTML have extensive capabilities for characterizing the structural, chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of materials at the nano- and micro-scales and over a wide range of temperatures. The HTML User Program is on hiatus due to federal budget reductions. However, research projects at the HTML facility still may be conducted on a cost-recovery basis. Please contact the HTML directly to inquire about their facilities and learn whether it may be appropriate to request access to the HTML as part of your CNMS user project.