Nano Bugle

A window into applied science supported by INL

Centre for Functional Nanomaterials

The Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the research institutions that is collaborating with INL. CFN provides state-of-the-art capabilities for the fabrication and study of nanoscale materials, with an emphasis on atomic-level tailoring to achieve desired properties and functions. The CFN is a science-based user facility, simultaneously developing strong scientific programs while offering broad access to its capabilities and collaboration through an active user program. The overarching scientific theme of the CFN is the development and understanding of nanoscale materials that address the Nations’ challenges in energy security, consistent with the Department of Energy mission.

The CFN is one of five nanoscale science research centers (DOE NSRCs) funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The CFN supports Brookhaven’s goal of leadership in the development of advanced materials and processes for selected energy applications. 

As a premier user facility for conducting interdisciplinary nanoscience research, the CFN serves as a focal point and enabler of advanced materials study in the northeastern United States. Together with the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and, in the future, the proposed NSLS-II, these facilities will complement each other to facilitate the nanoscale revolution. The synergy among these world-class machines, with Brookhaven’s own scientific staff working collaboratively with university, industrial and government laboratory researchers, offers unique opportunities for breakthroughs in energy research.


One of the projects that is being developed between INL and CFN involves clusters of inorganic nanoparticles with bimolecular linkers. Bimolecular linkers make it possible to create clusters of inorganic nanoparticles with well-controlled interparticle separation. This project will focus on the understanding of the dynamics of energy and electron transfer in model hybrid nanoscale clusters built from inorganic nanoparticles and bimolecular linkers. The dependence of the energy/electron transfer processes on interparticle distance and architecture design will be studied using a combination of ultrasensitive microscopies, e.g., single-molecule spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy.


Please learn more about CFN here


August 11, 2008 - Posted by | INL Project

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