Brookhaven National Laboratory
Nanoscience and Quantum Information Science at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a National Scientific User Facility
The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) is a national scientific user facility operated at Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. One of five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers, the CFN offers external users a supported research experience with top-caliber scientists and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation at no cost via a peer- reviewed proposal process. The CFN mission is advancing nanoscience to impact society, by being an essential resource for the nanoscience community and producing breakthroughs in nanomaterials research. In this presentation I will give an overview of the scientific facilities, describe examples of user and staff research, and summarize the process of becoming a CFN user.
I will also provide a brief overview of the system of DOE National Laboratories, their scientific mission, and the role of the Labs in the research ecosystem of the United States. For students and early career researchers, I will share perspectives on the unique aspects of pursuing a research career in the National Labs.
Finally, I will discuss the U.S. National Quantum Initiative Act passed by Congress in late 2018 and the roles for different federal agencies. Brookhaven Lab has mobilized in broad support of multiple aspects of this important national initiative, including: quantum technologies and experimental methods, computer and computational science, and basic materials science. The CFN and the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) are integral to Brookhaven Lab’s contributions to quantum information science, bringing advanced capabilities for characterization of today’s quantum materials, and developing the new, needed infrastructure for designing and synthesizing tomorrow’s quantum materials from the ground up, with quantum properties in mind.