The DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Neal D. Shinn
Sandia National Laboratories, US
Keywords: Nanoscience facilities, integration, research
The DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a U.S. Department of Energy collaborative nanoscale science research center being jointly developed by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories with a focus on integration. The objectives are to develop the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials, and to educate a new generation of scientists. CINT will explore the continuum from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro worlds. Integration across scientific disciplines, length scales, and experiment and theory is key to addressing the scientific challenges and opportunities of Nanotechnologies. CINT has identified four scientific thrusts that serve as integrated synergistic building blocks to explore these scientific challenges. The "nano-bio-micro-interfaces thrust" will import biological principles and functions into artificial bio-mimetic nano- and microsystems. Precise control of electronic and photonic wavefunctions to invoke novel and unique properties drives the "nanophotonics and nanoelectronics thrust." "Complex functional materials" will promote complex and collective interactions between individual components in materials to yield emergent properties and functions. Lastly, understanding the underlying mechanisms of mechanical behavior of nanoscale materials and structures is the objective of the "nanomechanics thrust."
NSTI Nanotech 2003 Conference Technical Program Abstract