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


The CINT user community can access research capabilities at the Core Facility in Albuquerque, NM and the Gateway Facility in Los Alamos, NM.
The distinguishing characteristic of CINT is its emphasis on exploring the path from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro and macro worlds.

Core Facility

CINT Core Facility

The 96,000 square foot CINT Core Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque is located on Department of Energy property on Eubank Avenue outside of Kirtland Air Force Base (Map (pdf)). It features low vibration for sensitive characterization, chemical and biological synthesis labs, a clean room for device integration, interaction areas and conference rooms, visitor office space, and high-speed communications. 

Gateway Facility

CINT Gateway Facility

The CINT Gateway Facility, located at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the center of the Materials Science Complex (Map (pdf)), brings together materials science and bioscience capabilities. The 36,500 square foot laboratory and office building complex features approximately 11,000 square feet of laboratory space for chemical and biological synthesis and characterization, biomaterials fabrication and characterization, optical microcopy and spectroscopy, physical synthesis, thin film fabrication, spatially resolved scanned probe characterization, and advanced computation.

Together, these facilities provide laboratory and office space for researchers to synthesize and characterize nanostructured materials, theoretically model and simulate their performance, and integrate nanoscale materials into larger-scale systems in a flexible, clean-room environment.

  • Materials Synthesis: Molecular beam epitaxy; physical and chemical vapor deposition; pulsed laser deposition; inorganic, organic and polymer synthesis; nanoparticles and nanowires; thin film deposition; membranes and monolayers; mesoporous materials; biomaterial synthesis and biomolecular recognition.
  • Characterization: Scanning probe microscopies; electron microscopies; optical spectroscopy and microscopy; single molecule spectroscopy; ultrafast laser spectroscopies; nano/micro-mechanics; raman microscopy; terahertz spectroscopy; transport.
  • Nano-Micro Integration: Optical and electron beam lithography; soft nanolithography; focused ion beam; etching and deposition.
  • Theory and Simulation: atomistic theory; predictive capability development; interpretation and design of experiments; multi-scale material modeling; and large scale computing.
  • Discovery Platforms™: Modular, micro-laboratories designed and fabricated expressly for the purpose of integrating nano and micro length scales and for studying the physical and chemical properties of nanoscale materials and devices.

Detailed descriptions of these capabilities and the associated CINT Scientist or technical point-of-contact can be found on the Capabilities web page. CINT researchers may also have access to selected non-CINT capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories on a limited basis. Joint proposals involving nearby national user facilities, including the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory are encouraged.