Febraury 5, 2013

UNO Hosts Annual Symposium on Advanced Materials Research

AMRIAt UNO-AMRI, researchers study advanced materials at the atomic and molecular scales, making strides in the fields of nanotechnology, nanoscience and ferro-electricity.

The University of New Orleans Advanced Materials Research Institute works with research institutions from around the world that are focused on materials science―and this month UNO-AMRI brings leading scientific minds to campus for its annual AMRI Review and Mardi Gras Symposium.
 
Materials science is an interdisciplinary field applying the properties of matter to areas of science and engineering. The study of materials science incorporates elements of applied physics and chemistry and explores the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales, reaching into the burgeoning studies of nanotechnology, ferroelectricity and other fields critical to advancement of science, technology and engineering.
 
As media attention on nanoscience and nanotechnology rises, materials science has become a leading focus for many universities and UNO-AMRI has been at the forefront of those studies.
 
This month UNO-AMRI, together with the University’s Department of Chemistry hosts a joint conference: The Annual AMRI Review and Mardi Gras symposium. The conference takes place Thursday-Friday, Feb. 7-8, 2013.
 
During the AMRI review portion of the conference on Thursday, researchers will review progress and accomplishments of nine AMRI projects advanced or completed during the past year. On Friday, during the conference’s so-called Mardi Gras Symposium, researchers will hear presentations by five speakers, who will give talks surrounding the topic “Reaction Strategies for Directing Structure and Properties in the Solid State.”
 
Earlier this year, UNO researchers made headlines by working with leading scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy and research institutions including the University of California-Berkeley, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and Central Michigan University to make groundbreaking discoveries expected to substantially increase data storage capacity – allowing cell phones, computer hard drives, memory flash drives and other technological devices to increase their storage capabilities six-fold, while becoming cheaper, lighter and more-energy efficient.
 
The scientific achievements of Gabriel Caruntu and his colleagues in Nature Materials, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals, are considered to form a cornerstone of nanoscience and nanotechnology, or the study and application of extremely small things. During the process, researchers used the world’s largest microscopes to get the world’s closest look in history at the structure of the atom.
 
For more information on the conference, contact UNO-AMRI at amri@uno.edu.
 
To read more about scientific achievements that started at UNO-AMRI and are expected to substantially increase data storage capacity in coming years, click here >>