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University, Los Alamos Team Up for Advanced Nano-Scale Studies

The University of California and the lab will create a new program to link recent molecular and nano-scale advances with soft matter including polymers and biological systems.

Los Alamos National Lab is teaming up with the College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara to create an Institute for Multiscale Materials Studies.

The new institute, announced Tuesday, will include a new graduate emphasis on linking recent molecular and nano-scale advances with soft matter, like polymers and biological systems observed at a relatively large scale.

Though the two entities already cooperate, the new institute creates a formal channel for recruitment, training and retention of employees, Alan Graham, material scientist and Los Alamos acting director for the IMMS said in a prepared statement.

State-of-the-art Access Grid technology will allow distance learning between the campus and the lab. Courses are expected to begin this winter.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is well-recognized for its materials research. It has a Neutron Science Center, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. UCSB material science related programs are also highly regarded by scientists around the world. UCSB faculty members have won five Nobel prizes in the last seven years. UCSB touts more members of the national academies of sciences and engineering teach there than any other university.

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