Established as a Board of Regents recognized institute in 1997, the Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) is a multidisciplinary institute that provides a unique environment integrating academic, private, and government sectors in the conception and development of novel research programs. AMRI's research staff is comprised of Professors, Postdoctoral Researchers, Graduate and Undergraduate Students, and Visiting Scientists with experience and training in world-renowned research institutions from the United States and many countries abroad. AMRI has extensive collaborations with other academic institutions and industry groups from Louisiana and nationwide, as well as several active international partnerships. The general focus of AMRI researchers is on Materials Science and Nanotechnology. Some current focus areas include nanofabrication, composites, catalysis development, magnetism, solar conversion, and thermal and electrical transport properties. In support of its research programs, AMRI provides state of the art laboratories and equipment facilities in the Science Building of the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus.
Research – AMRI researchers are involved in a variety of cutting edge research programs with funding from both the federal and state agencies. The programs are far reaching but many focus on the development of advanced materials and nanotechnologies. Read more.
Scholarship – AMRI researchers are recognized internationally with publications in top journals including Nature, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society, etc. Read more.
Equipment – AMRI has extensive research facilities and welcomes outside users through our FACS program (FACS). We have diverse holdings including an extensive array of magnetic characterization equipment, a Class 100 cleanroom, thin film growth facilities, and dilution refrigerator unit for achieving coldest temperatures (milliKelvin) in the greater New Orleans area. Read more.
Outreach – AMRI has many outreach efforts. Possibly best known among these are our summer research program that involves high school and undergraduate students and high school teachers. Read more.
Teaching – AMRI faculty teach courses in both the College of Science and College of Engineering. Courses are presented in Chemistry, Physics and Engineering with an emphasize on various fundamental aspects of these fields as well as topics pertinent to advanced materials and nanotechnology.
AMRI’s tenants are independent startup companies and non-profits that rent space in the institute as they collaborate with AMRI faculty and utilize AMRI equipment holdings. Companies have both contracts and joint research grants with AMRI faculty. Excitingly, collaborative research and educational programs, some unrelated to the main thrusts of the faculty and the tenant’s research, naturally develop from the close proximity of AMRI faculty and startup scientists.