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Michigan State University chosen to design and build the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that Michigan State University has been chosen to design and build the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The successful proposal was submitted by a team of scientists from MSU?s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory that includes three members of the Chemistry faculty, Professors David J. Morrissey, Paul F. Mantica and Abigail A. Bickley. FRIB will be developed with $550 million in construction funds from DOE over the next ten years. This national user facility will allow scientists from all over the world to address fundamental problems in nuclear science and nuclear astrophysics , and may also lead to new isotope applications for materials science, nuclear medicine and energy. The DOE press release announcing the FRIB decision is available at http://www.energy.gov/news/6794.htm.