LSU Colleges of Science and Engineering to Celebrate Completion of Chemistry and Materials Building
New state-of-the-art facility supports chemistry, materials science and engineering research
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Colleges of Science and Engineering will celebrate the opening of the Chemistry and Materials Building during a ribbon cutting celebration, on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. This facility will expand the university’s research capacity in synthetic chemistry and provide critical infrastructure for interdisciplinary research in materials science and engineering.
“This is an exciting time for both the College of Science and for LSU,” said Kevin Carman, dean of the LSU College of Science. “This facility will substantially advance our mission as a major research university, and I am particularly pleased that it will support LSU’s growing interdisciplinary strength in materials science and engineering.”
The five-story, state-of-the-art facility, provides more than 85,000 gross square feet of research laboratory space and support facilities. Research space for the Department of Chemistry will be increased by 50 percent.
“Support for this multi-user facility evidences the growing importance of interdisciplinary research on LSU’s campus,” said Rick Koubek, dean of the LSU College of Engineering. “Faculty members from science and engineering working collaboratively in this building holds promise for important discoveries in advanced materials.”
Research conducted in this new facility will have significant economic implications for applications in manufacturing techniques, healthcare and energy production. Louisiana’s chemical industry employs more than 30,000 and contributes and generates almost $1 billion annually in tax revenues.
New Orleans architectural firm Lyons & Hudson completed the primary building design with scientific lab expertise provided by Karlsberger Inc. The State of Louisiana provided funding for the building, enough to erect the structure and complete the first four floors. The fifth floor will be completed in 2013.
The first floor of the building, dedicated to a materials-characterization facility, will provide a centralized resource for electron microscopes and other sophisticated instruments. The second through fourth floors house laboratories specifically designed for synthetic chemistry and materials science, as well as faculty and staff offices and instrumentation rooms. The fifth floor will contain 2,500 square-feet of class 1000 clean rooms for microfabrication and four additional labs specifically designated for collaborative interdisciplinary research programs.