Message from the UEC Chair

CNMS is a wonderful resource for the nanoscale research community worldwide. As a user for several years, and as the Chair of the User Executive Committee (UEC) for the past year, I can personally testify to that. CNMS is a dynamic place with a large user base, state-of-the-art facilities, and personnel who are leading researchers in their fields. We have tried to capture some of these aspects in this second issue of the 2010 CNMS users newsletter.

The CNMS will only be as successful as its users. The UEC is your voice in helping shape CNMS with users’ input. In this spirit, we would like to continue to solicit your inputs on how this center can better serve you. Here are some ways you can help:


  • The CNMS users meeting this year is scheduled for September 14, with related workshops on September 13-17. This is your opportunity to attend, learn, and participate in the Center’s activities. A town hall meeting of CNMS users will be held on September 14 to hear your inputs.
  • Here is a link to a very short user survey where you can be heard right away:
  • Become a user! Submit a user proposal this fall (deadline October 20) to start a new user project in 2011. A new feature in this proposal call is an opportunity to request beamtime for neutron scattering at one of ORNL’s two premier neutron facilities within your CNMS user proposal. The CNMS is piloting this new beamtime request process in response to previous user feedback and consultation with the UEC.
  • Contact me or any other UEC committee member by email or phone with your inputs. Our contacts are listed at this link:
  • Participate in the election of the 2011 UEC. Nominate yourself or a colleague as a candidate for an At-Large or Officer position by simply sending an email to The election is just around the corner. Vote!


We hope that you will continue to participate and make CNMS a leading center for nanoscale research in the world in the coming years. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.


Venkatraman Gopalan
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering,
Pennsylvania State University
(on behalf of the CNMS User Executive Committee)