• Advanced Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy
    A cooperative arrangement with the ShaRE User Program provides access to a variety of advanced SEM, TEM, and STEM equipment and expertise located on ORNL's main campus. Advanced capabilities include atomic resolution imaging; a ‘bolometric’ X-ray detector for high performance microanalysis at low beam energies; a Scanning Auger Microprobe for nanometer-scale surface microanalysis and depth profiling; electron holography; a fully automated electron microprobe for trace element determinations; and a variable pressure SEM incorporating EDS and XRF analysis for the study of polymeric and nano-bio samples. See Electron Microscopy, Neutron and X-ray Scattering.
    ShaRE and the High Temperature Materials Laboratory each operate their own user program. Users needing only the capabilities of one of these facilities and no other CNMS resources should apply directly to the facility concerned. Such proposals will not be accepted in the CNMS user program.
  • Neutron Scattering
    CNMS users are encouraged to take advantage of the world-class neutron scattering facilities that are available at ORNL’s High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). Beamlines of particular relevance to CNMS Scientific Themes include the small-angle scattering and reflectometry instruments on the HFIR cold source, HFIR thermal neutron diffraction and spectroscopy capabilities, and early-availability instruments at SNS including the backscattering spectrometer and the liquids and magnetism reflectometers. CNMS users who may be interested in neutron scattering opportunities are encouraged to indicate their interest in the designated box on the CNMS proposal form. The CNMS will assist its users to identify the appropriate neutron scattering resources, develop competitive beamtime proposals, or collaborate with arrangements for potential access as initial users as additional instruments are commissioned.
  • X-ray Diffraction and Fluorescence
    See Electron Microscopy, Neutron and X-ray Scattering
  • Ambient AFM: Force Capability
    See Imaging Functionality Capabilities
  • Ambient SPM: Electrical Characterization
    See Imaging Functionality Capabilities
    Matrix-assisted-laser desorption ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometer
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer
    TA Instruments 2050 with a Thermostar mass spectrometer for analysis of evolved gases
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
    TA Instruments 2010, temperature range -180–730°C
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • UV-Visible-NIR spectroscopy
    Cary 5000 with transmission and diffuse reflectance mode available
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
    Spex Fluorolog 2
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • FTIR spectrometer (mid and near IR regions)
    Sample configurations including transmission, diffuse reflectance, ATR, as well as an IR microscope.
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • Spectroscopic Ellipsometer
    For analysis of the thickness and refractive index of multi-layered structures
    See Macromolecular Nanomaterials Capabilities
  • Atom Probe Field Ion Microscopes
    Offered through the ShaRE User Program and may be requested on a CNMS proposal by attaching the ShaRE Appendix.


Capabilities provided by other CNMS groups