Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Audio Spot: Nano-science users meeting set this week in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 23, 2005 — More than 200 prospective users of the soon-to-be opened Center for Nanophase Materials Science at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory convene this week to discuss their proposed projects for the new facility to study very small materials.

CNMS Director Doug Lowndes said the meeting will focus on the expectations of the new facility.

"We're going to be presenting a program of visionary talks on nano-science opportunities, as well as tours of the new CNMS building and the site in general," Lowndes said. "Probably the most important activities are a series of breakout sessions that we'll be holding directly between our staff and the prospective users."

Lowndes said Oak Ridge is scientifically well positioned for the nanophase center.

"Implementing the use of new tools such as the Spallation Neutron Source, as well as ORNL's new computational facilities and nano-materials synthesis capability, we will be able to create a number of synergies," Lowndes said.

The conference runs Monday through Wednesday at Oak Ridge's Pollard Auditorium.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.