CNMS User Meeting 2016
August 9-12
Oak Ridge, TN

Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: June 17
Registration Deadline: July 28
Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 29

Poster Session, Wednesday August 10
User Meeting, Thursday August 11


The 2016 CNMS User Meeting will be held on-site at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Although a registration fee is not collected, advance registration is required for site access. On-site registration will NOT be available.


The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the CNMS User Executive Committee are pleased to announce the 2016 CNMS User Meeting to be held August 9-12, 2016 at ORNL.  This meeting will highlight the research achievements by CNMS users, staff and the broader nanoscience community, with particular emphasis on three topical areas- (1) Directed Assembly of Materials and Interfaces, (2) Observing and Controlling Matter at the Nanoscale, and (3) Exploring Electronic and Ionic Processes in Functional Materials.

Keynote addresses will be given by Dan Frisbie (U. Minnesota) and Clive Randall (PennState).

Tuning the properties of many functional materials requires control of assembly across the atomic-, nano-, and micro-scale. In turn, directed synthesis and fabrication are required to enable next-generation materials. This session will focus on theoretical and experimental advances in the directed assembly of inorganic, organic, and hybrid material systems.  Emphasis will be placed on advanced deposition, synthesis, and fabrication techniques similar to those available at the CNMS that enable emergent states of matter, novel phenomena, and mesoscale physics.

: Enrique Gomez (Penn State University); Megan Robertson (University of Houston); Lane Martin (University of California, Berkeley); Scott Retterer (CNMS)

Confirmed Speakers: Bryan Boudouris (Purdue U.); Joshua Sangoro (U. Tennessee); Bharat Jalan (U. Minnesota); James Rondinelli (Northwestern U.)

Observing and Controlling Matter at the Nanoscale

Modern microscopy approaches reach out beyond mere observation with in-situ monitoring of structural evolution and chemical, biological and electronic processes on atomic or nanoscopic scales. The ability to have nanoscale control and manipulation of matter is achieved by the in-situ application of specific stimuli, such as electric and magnetic fields, mechanical forces, and chemical or mechanical environments. Thus, the functional properties of many materials with a vital impact on modern life can be probed to determine how these novel materials behave when being exposed to end-use conditions found in batteries, solar cells, catalysts, or data storage applications. This session will highlight how various forms of in-situ microscopy can gain new insights into the chemical processes and physical properties of energy-related materials.

: Eric Formo (University of Georgia); Kathrin Dörr (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg); Stephen Jesse (CNMS)

Confirmed Speakers: Yong Chen (Purdue U.); Jaan Mannik (U. Tennessee); Matthew McDowell (Georgia Tech); Eric Stach (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

The coupling and interaction of charge, spin, orbital, lattice, and ionic degrees of freedom give rise to a range of exotic effects in materials that are critical for modern applications such as energy storage (e.g., batteries, capacitors), energy conversion (e.g., PV, thermoelectric), data storage (e.g., memristors, ReRAMs), catalysis, memory/logic/sensing (e.g., electronic semiconductors, magnets, ferroelectrics), and much more. This session will focus on advances in theoretical and experimental approaches to the design, understanding, and control of electronic and ionic material systems including inorganic/hard materials, organic and polymeric semiconductors, hybrid composite materials, etc.

: Evgheni Strelcov (NIST); Rafael Verduzco (Rice University); Lane Martin (University of California, Berkeley); An-Ping Li and Nina Balke (CNMS)

Confirmed Speakers: Marina Leite (U. Maryland); William McGehee (NIST); Ilya Sochnikov (U. Connecticut); Xiaoguang Zhang (U. Florida)

Contributed talks and posters will be selected from submitted abstracts.

The 2016 User Meeting will also feature:

Advance Registration is required to attend this user meeting because of access control at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy facility (Deadline: July 28 ). On-site registration will NOT be available. All attendees are required to register and provide their name, affiliation, and contact information. Those without an ORNL badge will receive an Invitation to ORNL (information to arrange for a Visitor Badge).

Access to ORNL is for the purpose of attending this user meeting only and does not enable access to other ORNL facilities or laboratories. Access to ORNL requires photo identification; foreign nationals will need to bring their valid passport and visa.

The CNMS user facility is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences to provide specialized instrumentation and expertise to researchers from universities, national laboratories, and industry that enables them to conduct forefront research that would otherwise not be possible with resources at their home institutions.