UT Arlington recently made a strategic, inner-campus move, combining their Nanotechnology Research and Education Center with the University’s Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies. The merger, which became official on September 1st, is designed to bolster support for faculty research and streamline operating costs for the research arm of the university.
This new merger will now be referred to as the Nanotechnology Research Center, and will join the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry’s five other research centers, all of which are administered by the Shimadzu Institute and report to the vice president of research at the university. The other research institutes include the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging; the Center for Environmental, Forensics and Material Science; the Center for Human Genomics; and the Materials Genome Center. With the addition of the Nanotechnology Research Center, the Shimadzu Institute now offers a comprehensive research community at UT Arlington.
Dr. Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington vice president for research, commented, “This move will encourage collaboration among professors and research teams whose work depends upon the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation,” adding that, “It further strengthens the Shimadzu Institute’s role as a resource for private and public research that has the power to change the world.”
While the previous Nanotechnology Research and Education Center is indeed merging with the Shimadzu Institute, its equipment and staff will not move out of the Center’s current facilities at the Nanofab, located at 500 S. Cooper Street.
In terms of the Nanotechnology Research Center’s leadership structure, current NanoFab director Dr. Zeynep Celik-Butler, also a professor of electrical engineering, will continue to serve in the leadership role as the interim director until the end of the year. Confidence in Dr. Celik-Butler appears to remain high, with Dr. Cason noting that “Dr. Celik-Butler is an accomplished and honored researcher, and UT Arlington has been fortunate to develop our nanotechnology program under her leadership.”
The Shimadzu Institute is a relatively new entity at UT Arlington, and one that the university has worked quickly to establish as a central hub of research activity for the university. It was established earlier this year with the support of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a global leader in scientific equipment manufacturing, with worldwide sales of $3 billion annually.