Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS)
The Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS) is a department-level center of the University of Chicago. CARS operates sectors 13, 14, and 15 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a high-brilliance synchrotron X-ray source at Argonne National Laboratory. Their cutting-edge facilities are available to users worldwide.
To conduct an experiment at a CARS beamlines, you must apply for beam time through the APS peer-reviewed proposal process. In general, proposals are considered three times a year (roughly April, July, and October), but a rapid-access mechanism is available in some cases. The process is outlined on the New Users page, and an abbreviated checklist for past APS users is on the Returning Users page.
There is no cost except for proprietary research. CARS welcomes users from industry and will be happy to discuss suitable arrangements.
Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
The Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is funded by DOE's Office of Biological & Environmental Research, which supports world-class research in the biological, chemical, and environmental sciences to provide innovative solutions to the nation's environmental challenges as well as those related to energy production. EMSL's distinctive focus on integrating computational and experimental capabilities as well as collaborating among disciplines yields a strong, synergistic scientific environment. Bringing experts and state-of-the-art instruments critical to their research together under one roof, EMSL has helped thousands of researchers use a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to solve some of the most important national challenges in energy, environmental sciences, and human health. These challenges cover a wide range of research, including synthesis, characterization, theory and modeling, dynamical properties, and environmental testing.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides expert support and powerful computers that help thousands of scientists and engineers across the country improve our world.
The supercomputers at NCSA are used by more than 2,000 scientists and engineers across the country. Most are at universities and other research centers; they also collaborate with businesses.
Supercomputers are powerful scientific instruments, just like a large telescope or a particle accelerator, and are shared by the nation's researchers.
National Chemistry and Materials Synchrotron Research Facility (ChemMatCARS)
The National Chemistry and Materials Sciences Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (ChemMatCARS) is a national facility for chemistry and materials research. They welcome students at all levels—high school, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate—into their laboratories, providing students the opportunity to learn about x-ray science and instrumentation and to participate in hands-on experiments.
ChemMatCARS is a high-brilliance national synchrotron x-ray facility dedicated primarily to static and dynamic condensed matter chemistry and materials science. The scientific focus of the facility includes the study of surface and interfacial properties of liquids and solids as well as their bulk structure at atomic, molecular, and mesoscopic length scales with high spatial and energy resolution.
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)
Established by the National Science Foundation in 1990, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) is a national resource open to both curious visitors and world-renowned scientists. Centralizing the country's greatest magnet-related tools, resources and expertise is not only efficient and cost-effective, but also encourages fruitful, collaborative research at the highest level. Every year, more than 900 visiting scientists and engineers from across the world conduct experiments using their state-of-the-art equipment. Their magnets are far larger, far more powerful, and far more complex than the everyday magnets most people are familiar with. Many were designed, developed, and built by their magnet engineering and design team, widely recognized as the finest in the world.
These magnets produce tremendous magnetic fields, prized by researchers who use them to study a wide range of materials and processes. Their most powerful magnets produce fields more than a million times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field. What happens in experiments under such conditions gives scientists important insights that pave the way for advances in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and engineering.
National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) Material Measurement Laboratory (MML)
The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) is the major operating unit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) focused on measurement research, standards, and data in the chemical, biological and materials sciences. The MML is composed of what was previously the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, and the Measurement Services Division of Technology Services.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
UNO is a member institution of the ORAU.
As a consortium of major Ph.D.-granting institutions, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) advances scientific research and education through partnerships with academia and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as their investment in the community.
ORAU’s member institutions benefit from their position as the principal resource for engaging academia in the research- and education-related actions of UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Y-12 National Security Complex/National Nuclear Security Administration, and DOE. Access to those entities will offer greater opportunities for research funding and higher visibility.
Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in their university partnerships by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving. Funding opportunities are available for events, travel grants, High Performance Computing, and other areas.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
ORNL also performs other work for the Department of Energy, including isotope production, information management, and technical program management, and provides research and technical assistance to other organizations. The laboratory is a program of DOE's Oak Ridge Field Office.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, their mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. Their vision: PNNL science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely. Their values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact, and courage provide the foundation for all they do.
Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Their research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and they help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities, and industry. Unlike others, their multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems.