Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Spring 2014 - Call for User Proposals

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences Nanoscale Science Research Center jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. CINT’s objective is to foster scientific discovery enabling the integration of nanoscience concepts and structures into the micro and macro worlds. As a National user facility, CINT provides access to its staff and capabilities for nanoscale science research at no fee to approved users for non-proprietary research. Proprietary research may be conducted under a full-cost recovery agreement. Please see the new proposal template for this call.

Who can be a CINT User – Individuals and teams from industry, academia, and government institutions are invited to submit proposals to conduct research at CINT.  Foreign National users can work at CINT if their visit is planned with sufficient lead-time. 

What is available – A user proposal is a concise statement of research that requires access to the technical expertise or capabilities at the CINT Core and/or Gateway Facilities. Prospective users should visit the CINT website to learn about the technical staff, capabilities, and science thrusts prior to preparing a user proposal. Collaborations with CINT scientists are welcome but are not required to access the capabilities. CINT cannot provide financial support to users.

**NEW for 2014** Proposal Template - CINT user proposals are evaluated by external reviewers based on six specific proposal elements.  Proposals lacking any of that information will be at a competitive disadvantage for access to CINT.  In order to ensure that your proposal contains all the expected information, we have provided the following template.  We encourage prospective users to download the template, enter the text/figures, and then upload a pdf version of your completed 2-page proposal.

All CINT User proposals are expected to explicitly contain the following six elements within the 2-page limit:

  1. What is(are) the main scientific question(s) being addressed in this user project including the connection to nanoscience?  (suggested length – 200 words)
  2. Briefly describe the state of research in this area and how your work is advancing the field. (Suggested length – 150 word  
  3. What is(are) the expected impact(s) of this user project? (Suggested length – 150 words)
  4. What specific work will be performed at the user’s institution in preparation for, or in support of, the proposed CINT work? (sample preparation, complementary characterization, calculations)
  5. What specific tasks will be performed by the user(s) in conjunction with CINT?  For each task, include task duration, expected task outcome, requested instrument(s) and CINT staff engagement.  (This should be the longest and most detailed section.)  Key References

How to apply –Access to the technical expertise and/or capabilities at the CINT Core and/or Gateway Facilities is obtained by submitting a CINT User Proposal.  This is a concise statement of research that you desire to perform at CINT.  Please read the Proposal Guide to preparing a CINT User Proposal.

Proposal Selection  – Proposals will be internally screened for safety/feasibility and prioritized by an external review panel based upon scientific merit and suitability for CINT. Approved proposals will have an 18 month duration.  An executed user agreement between CINT and the user insitiution(s) must be in place prior to starting the approved project. For no-fee access, the project results must be published in peer-reviewed technical publications in order to comply with Federal requirements. Continuation proposals will be considered if prior progress is satisfactory.

Scientific expertise at CINT - CINT encourages user proposals that expolit the scientific expertise of our staff, who are organized into the following four Thrust areas. Prospective users are encouraged, but not required, to consult with the relevant CINT scientists prior to submitting a user proposal to better understand the capabilities available and ensure project feasibility.

  • Nanoscale Electronics and Mechanics
    This thrust focuses on understanding and controlling the electronic and mechanical properties of nanoscale materials  and their  integration into nanosystems. Research activities include electronic, thermal and structural properties of nanowires and nanowire heterostructures, Si/Ge nanowire synthesis, elastic and fracture properties of nanoporous and heterogeneous  nanoscale materials, high-mobility 2D GaAs based materials and interactions of low dimensional systems, quantum computing in silicon or GaAs based semiconductors, coupled mechanical systems, coupling of mechanical and electronic properties, nanomanipulation and integration of nanowires, and investigation of materials interface properties.  This research is supported by an effort in high resolution electron beam lithography and nanofabrication.
  • Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials
    This thrust addresses the overall scientific challenge of understanding and controlling fundamental photonic, electronic and magnetic interactions in nanostructured optical materials fabricated using both chemical and physical syntheses. Research topics include metamaterials, (nano) plasmonics, photonic bandgap materials, excited state carrier dynamics in nanomaterials, colloidal synthesis of semiconductor, noble metal and magnetic-metal nanostructures having controlled shape (anisotropy) and surface chemistry (reactivity), as well as hybrid, multifunctional (e.g., magneto-optical, electro-optical, and multi-ferroic) nanomaterials comprising semiconductors and metals. Bottom-up assembly approaches, polymer-assisted thin-film growth techniques, pulsed laser deposition, and lithographic methods are commonly employed tools.
  • Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials
    This thrust focuses on solution-based, "bottom-up" approaches for development of integrated nanomaterials. Synthesis, assembly, and characterization of soft or biological components and the integration of these components across multiple length scales to form functional architectures are of interest. High-level topics include the intersection of materials science with biology, the interfacial science of soft and composite materials, active- and self-assembly methods, interaction of nanomaterials with membranes and other reconfigurable matrices, soft/hard/bio composite materials, systems integration, and advanced characterization techniques.
  • Theory and Simulation of Nanoscale Phenomena
    This thrust focuses on understanding of the fundamental nanoscale phenomena that underlie integrated nanomaterials.  Classical and quantum methods are applied to determine the properties and structure of nanoscale materials and systems.  Topic areas of specific interest include molecular electronics, electronic inhomogeneity, local and ultrafast spectroscopy, interfacial interactions on the nanoscale, interactions between nanoparticles and self-assembly of nanoparticles.

Discovery PlatformsTM:  CINT offers prospective users the opportunity to exploit a CINT Discovery PlatformTM in their user project.  CINT Discovery PlatformsTM are novel modular microlaboratories-on-a-chip for research.

Other User Facilities – In addition to CINT capabilities, prospective users may also request access to neutron diffraction, small-angle scattering and reflectivity at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center ( and/or short-pulse and high-magnetic field capabilities at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (  User proposals involving CINT and these user facilities should be clearly identified to ensure a coordinated review.


Go to Proposal Submission site

The database will open March 1, 2014.

Deadline:  March 31, 2014.