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

Science Thrusts

CINT has scientific expertise and specialized capabilities in four interdisciplinary science thrusts.
Providing the scientific basis for integration of nanoscale materials and enhanced performance.

In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics

Schematic of nanoscale compositional mapping.
Brian Swartzentruber, Thrust Leader
Jim Werner, Thrust Co-Leader

Developing and implementing world-leading capabilities to study the dynamic response of materials and nanosystems to mechanical, electrical, or other stimuli.

Key integration science challenges include: 1) how defects and crystal distortions alter the electronic and/or mechanical properties in nanostructured materials; 2) how coupling between electronic and mechanical behaviors affect the functionalities of integrated nanostructures; and 3) How we understand and control energy transfer across interfaces and over multiple length scales.

Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials

Nanophotonics and optical nanomaterials
Steve Doorn, Thrust Leader
Igal Brener, 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
George Bachand, Thrust Leader
Peter Goodwin, Thrust Co-Leader

Synthesis, assembly, and characterization of soft, biomolecular, and composite nanomaterials that display emergent functionality.

Key integration science challenges include: 1) designing interfaces and controlling their interactions across multiple dimensions, length- and time-scales; 2) self- and active-assembly of soft and hybrid nanostructured materials; 3) developing new characterization tools and optical probes for detection and imaging; and 4) theory and simulation to understand and predict the behavior of hierarchical structure and dynamics of soft matter systems.

Quantum Materials Systems

Quantum Materials Systems
Mike Lilly, Thrust Leader
Jinkyoung Yoo, Thrust Co-Leader

This thrust focuses on understanding and controlling quantum effects of nanoscale materials and their integration into systems spanning multiple length scales.

Key integration science challenges include: 1) elucidating and utilizing interactions between quantum systems and the environment at multiple scales (e.g. quantum sensed nuclear spin resonance); 2) preparing quantum materials in a precisely controlled manner; 3) discovering emergent phenomena in quantum materials under various excitations; and 4) integrating quantum materials in solid-state architectures for application at the macroscale.