The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the CNMS User Executive Committee are pleased to announce the 2019 CNMS User Meeting to be held August 12-14, 2019 at ORNL.
NEW for 2019 – The meeting will begin on Tuesday with a Town Hall Breakfast Meeting hosted by the CNMS UEC.  Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and coffee while talking with current UEC members and provide your feedback on topics that are important to CNMS users.

This meeting will highlight the research achievements by CNMS users, staff and the broader nanoscience community, with particular emphasis on (1) Quantum Materials, (2) Energy Storage and Conversion, and (3) Applied Machine Learning.

Plenary addresses will be given by: Mitra Taheri (Drexel University), and Rampi Ramprasad (Georgia Institute of Technology).

(1) Energy Storage and Conversion

Nanostructured materials are critical to the development of energy technologies including batteries, photovoltaics, fuel cells, and catalysts. This session will explore both fundamental challenges and practical issues related to the cost and processing of next-generation energy storage and conversion technologies.
Confirmed Speakers:  Hanna Cho (The Ohio State University) and Scott Geyer (Wake Forest University)

(2) Quantum Materials

We are in the midst of the second quantum revolution, where we can utilize quantum effects such as superposition and entanglement to break the classical limits. This session with explore fundamental requirements for quantum materials in various quantum systems, such as single photon sources and detectors, topological insulators and semimetals, and quantum transduction materials.
Confirmed Speaker: Pinshane Huang (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

(3) Applied Machine Learning

It has become commonplace for machine and deep learning algorithms to exceed human performance in areas such as image classification and segmentation and speech recognition. This session will highlight successful adaptations of machine learning tools to accelerate scientific discovery, the potential impact on materials sciences, and future implications of “artificial intelligence.”
Confirmed Speaker: Tess Smidt (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Contributed talks and posters will be selected from submitted abstracts.

The 2019 User Meeting will also feature:

Complete information on how to become a user.

User Proposal Planning– Ample opportunity to meet with facility staff and other researchers to discuss and plan for submission of user proposals.

User Research Posters and Best Student Poster Competition: Current facility users and prospective users will have an opportunity to present results of their research and share their experiences at the user facilities. The User Poster Session on Monday afternoon, August 12, will provide a great opportunity for students and postdocs to present and discuss their research with colleagues. Graduate and undergraduate students will also compete for Best Student Poster Presentation.  See the Call for Abstracts for additional information and to upload your abstract.

Topical Workshops/Tutorials: 

Presentations by Jacquilyn Weeks of Word Tree Consulting

Advance Registration is required to attend this user meeting because of access control at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy facility (Deadline: July 24 ). On-site registration will NOT be available. All attendees are required to register and provide their name, affiliation, and contact information. Those without an ORNL badge will receive an Invitation to ORNL (information to arrange for a Visitor Badge).  Visitor Badge distribution will be at the ORNL Visitor Center. 

Access to ORNL is for the purpose of attending this user meeting only and does not enable access to other ORNL facilities or laboratories. Access to ORNL requires photo identification; foreign nationals will need to bring their valid passport and visa.

The CNMS user facility is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to provide specialized instrumentation and expertise to researchers from universities, national laboratories, and industry that enables them to conduct forefront research that would otherwise not be possible with resources at their home institutions.