EVENT:  The grand opening of the Irvine Materials Research Institute – an electron microscopy facility that serves as the cross-campus nexus for materials research at UCI – will take place during the three-day International Symposium on Advanced Microscopy & Spectroscopy.

WHEN/WHERE:   Grand opening: 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, Engineering Hall (bldg. 308, grid H8 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus_core.pdf)

Symposium: Wednesday-Friday, June 6-8, California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology (bldg. 325, grid H8 on campus map)

INFORMATION:  Media planning to attend should contact Lori Brandt at 949-824-8306 or lbrandt@uci.edu. Free parking is available in the Anteater Parking Structure (grids H9 and H10 on campus map).

HIGHLIGHTS:  The grand opening, which is free and open to the public, will feature remarks by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, Provost Enrique Lavernia, industry representatives and IMRI director Xiaoqing Pan, an internationally recognized researcher on the physics of materials. A 9:40 a.m. ribbon-cutting will be followed by lab tours and viewing of the super-high-resolution transmission electron microscopes.

BACKGROUND:  The Irvine Materials Research Institute offers scientists powerful tools for looking at the structure of matter – on millimeter to subatomic scales – and revealing the functional properties of materials. The symposium will present 33 speakers focused on encouraging the exchange of ideas on the advancement and challenges of atomic-scale imaging and spectroscopy. For a schedule or to register, visit sites.uci.edu/isams1.