The Beckman Institute is an interdisciplinary-research institute named after scientist and philanthropist Arnold O. Beckman (1900-2004). It is famous for imaging and other research. At 313,000 square feet (29,100 m), it is among the largest interdisciplinary research facilities. It is affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology was conceived in 1983 as part of a plan to develop multidisciplinary research between Engineering and the Life Sciences. The primary facility for the Beckman Institute was conceived of in 1984 by grace of a gift of $40 million (87 million 2011 dollars) from Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, and completed in 1989. Today the Beckman Institute is made up of 600 researchers from over 40 different University departments and is home to 13 research groups. The Beckman Institute focuses on research in four main themes, Biological Intelligence, Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction, Integrative Imaging, and Molecular & Electronic Nanostructures.

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Label-free imaging helps predict reproductive outcomes

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Department of Animal Sciences have collaborated to develop a new technique that can be used to determine the fertility of sperm samples. They ...

Tuning frontal polymerization for diverse material properties

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the technique of frontal polymerization, where a small amount of heat triggers a moving reaction wave that produces a polymeric material. The new ...

Developing new techniques to improve atomic force microscopy

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology have developed a new method to improve the detection ability of nanoscale chemical imaging using atomic force microscopy. These improvements reduce ...

Determining the quantity and location of lipids in the brain

Researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique that can determine the specific molecular form, location, and the amount of lipids in samples of rat brain ...

Designing flexible and stretchable single crystal electronic systems

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with a Purdue team have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. ...

Dissecting the mechanism of protein unfolding by SDS

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used molecular dynamics simulations to understand how sodium dodecyl sulfate causes protein unfolding. SDS is commonly used in labs to separate proteins and ...

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