As we head into the Fall of 2021, the AMLCI continues its mission to broaden the scope of research and research capabilities. The expansion of the AMLCI in the lower level of the Integrated Science Building (ISB) is now complete, already housing the world-class, now fully up-and-running ultrasmall, small and wide-angle X-ray scattering facility, and soon the potential partial home of one of our upcoming new faculty hires. An official opening ceremony showcasing this new collaborative space, shared by the AMLCI and the Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI), is scheduled for this Fall. The Anton Paar Materials Characterization Lab in the LCM Building is now also fully operational, as is all the new equipment in our AMLCI Cleanroom Research & Prototyping Facility. Following our successful inaugural Materials Day themed “Materials for Energy and Sensing”, planning will soon begin for our Materials Day 2022, this time with a focus on “Biological and Biomimetic Materials”, scheduled to take place in April 2022 and co-organized by the AMLCI and the BHRI.
We are also seeing changes in our staff and leadership. Dr. Björn Lüssem, Associate Director of the AMLCI, will soon start his new professorship at the University of Bremen (Germany) and Dr. Lu Zou is starting her career in industry. We thank both them for their dedicated and hard work as well as their continuous efforts to make the AMLCI a better place to pursue materials science research and education. Both positions will be filled again shortly.
Despite all the challenges thrown at us with the ongoing pandemic, I am looking forward to strengthening our research and educational missions towards an AMLCI that continues to be recognized both nationally and internationally for cutting edge research in advanced materials science. Please continue to stay safe and follow KSU’s Coronavirus Prevention Guidelines.