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Building understanding of the relationship between a material's microstructure, post-processing properties, and eventual effect on that material's performance through a unique combination of mechanical testing and characterization.

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies User Program

Jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science national user facility leveraging the unmatched scientific and engineering expertise of the host labs to provide the international research community with state-of-the-art research facilities and capabilities in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology free of charge for open science.

At Los Alamos, CINT users have access to the Gateway to Los Alamos facility, which includes  approximately 11,000 square feet of laboratory space for chemical and biological synthesis and characterization, biomaterials fabrication and characterization, optical microcopy and spectroscopy, physical synthesis, thin film fabrication, spatially resolved scanned probe characterization, and advanced computation. Learn more at cint.lanl.gov.

Key Capabilities

  • Biologically inspired approaches to material design
  • Chemical and physical syntheses of nanoscale and nanostructured materials
  • Metamaterials
  • Optical, electron, and force microscopies and microscopectroscopies for imaging and  characterization
  • Photonics and plasmonics
  • Ultrafast science

CINT User Program Science Thrusts

  • Quantum Material Systems
  • Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials
  • In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics
  • Soft, Biological, and Composite Nanomaterials


  • Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials and Optical Science
  • Quasi-static and Dynamic Behavior of Materials