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Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Helping you understand, create, and characterize nanomaterials


CINT has world-leading scientific expertise in and specialized capabilities to create, characterize and understand nanomaterials in increasingly complex integrated environments.
Providing the scientific basis for integration of nanoscale materials and enhanced performance.

Four Interdisciplinary Science Thrusts

The scientific staff and capabilities at CINT are organized into four interdisciplinary Science Thrusts:

Nanoscale Electronics and Mechanics

electronics and mechanics
Nate Mara, Thrust Leader
Michael Lilly, Thrust Co-Leader

Control of electronic transport and wave functions, and mechanical coupling and properties using nanomaterials and integrated structures.

Significant challenges in integration science issues include: 1) nanowire integration science for new energy concepts; 2) manipulation of spin properties of single electrons in semiconductors; 3) surface and interface driven mechanics of nanoscale materials; 4) understanding structure-property relationships in nanoscale materials; and 5) developing multi-functional composite materials exploiting electronic, mechanical and magnetic interactions.

Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials

Nanophotonics and optical nanomaterials
Igal Brener, Thrust Leader
Steve Doorn, Thrust Co-Leader

Synthesis, excitation and energy transformations of optically active nanomaterials and collective or emergent electromagnetic phenomena (plasmonics, metamaterials, photonic lattices).

Key integration science challenges include 1) chemical and physical synthesis of optical, electronic, and magnetic nanomaterials; 2) collective and emergent electromagnetic phenomena (plasmonics, metamaterials, photonic lattices, solitons); 3) multifunctional behavior in hybrid nanostructures comprising optical components; and 4) energy transformations on the nanoscale.

Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials

soft biological and composite nanomaterials
Millie Firestone, Thrust Leader
George Bachand, Thrust Co-Leader

Solution-based materials synthesis and assembly of soft, composite and artificial bio-mimetic nanosystems.

Our emphasis will be on key scientific areas that underlie the challenge of nanoscience integration. These include 1) controlling interfaces and their interactions; 2) developing new characterization tools that provide information on multiple length and time scales; and 3) exploring the roles of disorder and dynamics in determining materials performance.

Theory and Simulation of Nanoscale Phenomena

theory and simulation
Gary Grest, Thrust Leader
Jianxin Zhu, Thrust Co-Leader

Assembly, interfacial interactions, and emergent properties of nanoscale systems, including their electronic, magnetic, and optical properties.

Our strategy emphasizes the development and application of advanced techniques drawn from combinations of many-body, local density, molecular dynamics and other methods capable of describing complex materials.