College of Science

Nanofab joins Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

UT Arlington's Nanotechnology Research and Education Center will join the University's Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies as of Sept. 1 in an effort to better support faculty research, lower operating costs and adapt to user needs.

The new entity will be renamed the Nanotechnology Research Center and will report to the vice president for research effective Sept. 1. The Center will join five other research centers administered through the Shimadzu Institute: the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry; the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging; the Center for Environmental, Forensics and Material Science; the Center for Human Genomics; and the Materials Genome Center.

"This move will encourage collaboration among professors and research teams whose work depends upon the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation," said Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington vice president for research. "It further strengthens the Shimadzu Institute's role as a resource for private and public research that has the power to change the world."

Equipment and staff members assigned to the former entity will remain in the current location, also known as the Nanofab, at 500 S. Cooper St.

Zeynep Celik-Butler, a professor of electrical engineering who has

served as the NanoFab director, will continue as the interim director of the new Nanotechnology Research Center until Dec. 31, 2013. Cason noted that Celik-Butler elevated the quality of UT Arlington's nanotechnology program throughout her decade of service as center director.

"Dr. Celik-Butler is an accomplished and honored researcher, and UT Arlington has been fortunate to develop our nanotechnology program under her leadership," Cason said.

UT Arlington established the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies earlier this year with the support of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, the U.S. subsidiary of the Shimadzu Corp. The corporation is a global leader in the manufacturing of the most advanced scientific equipment and has worldwide sales of $3 billion annually. The Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, housed in the Chemistry & Physics Building, was the first step in the joint venture between UT Arlington and Shimadzu. It opened in April 2012.

Posted September 5, 2013