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ORNL Workshop on Nanophase Materials Sciences

  • Subject: ORNL Workshop on Nanophase Materials Sciences
  • From: John Barnes <john.barnes@nist.gov>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 16:06:06 -0400 (EDT)


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is planning a highly collaborative and 
multidisciplinary Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to address 
the national need for facilities to support state-of-the-art research 
on the synthesis, fabrication, characterization, and understanding of 
nanoscale structures, materials, and phenomena.  The Center will 
include a Nanofabrication Research Laboratory, a Nanomaterials Theory 
Institute, and extensive facilities for materials synthesis and 
characterization.  Additionally, the location of the Center at ORNL 
will facilitate use of the intense neutron beams at the upgraded High 
Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), 
for fundamental studies of the structure and dynamics of 
nanomaterials.  The Center will be broadly accessible to the 
scientific community through a peer review process.

To facilitate scientific community involvement in planning the 
Center, a Workshop on Nanophase Materials Sciences will be held 
October 24-26, 2001 at the Garden Plaza Hotel in Oak Ridge, TN. 
Input is sought on candidate research focus areas, equipment needs, 
and user operations.  The workshop will begin with a plenary session 
surveying nanophase materials research in universities and industry. 
The Center concept of creating a synergistic research environment to 
advance knowledge-and ultimately applications-of nanoscale materials 
and phenomena then will be described, together with the Center's 
principal components.  Breakout working sessions will follow to 
further develop the Center's scientific program and organization. 
Recommendations from these breakout sessions will be incorporated in 
Center planning, and are expected especially to influence the 
formation of collaborative research focus areas.

Registration and reservations for the Workshop should be completed by 
October 1.  The complete Workshop program, registration information, 
and detailed information about lodging and local travel connections 
are available at http://www.ms.ornl.gov/nanoworkshop/nanointro.htm. 
If you would like to be included in future electronic mailings, 
please contact Sandy Lowe, Workshop Secretary, by e-mail at