FORCE updates

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Progress Update
Feb. 16, 2024

Phase 1 construction of the FORCE High Pressure Lab, located in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 2 (ISTB2) on the ASU Tempe campus, was completed at the end of December 2023. During this phase of the project…

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2nd FORCE Winter Workshop focused on future science and community

On January 3–4, 2024, FORCE held its 2nd Winter Workshop on Recent Advances in High Pressure Research. Over 50 attendees convened in Tempe, AZ to…

Enprotech and Sumitomo workers wipe down the guide block as it's lowered onto the platform within ASU’s first-in-the-Americas 6000-ton multi-anvil press, part of the $13.7 million National Science Foundation grant to build a one-of-a-kind high-pressure and high-heat research facility - FORCE (Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment) in ISTB2 on the Tempe campus, Monday, September 18, 2023. Enprotech Industrial Technologies of Kentucky is installing the Sumitomo press. Once completed, this lab will be a new national user facility for earth & planetary science, materials science, solid state chemistry and energy research, attracting users from academia and industry worldwide. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News

Construction Update
Sept. 19, 2023

On Sept. 5, apparatus installation began. This process was coordinated with CORE Construction, Enprotech, Bragg, Sumotomo, and ASU.

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FORCE Research Scientist Kara Brugman part of ASU-led team awarded $5.7M NASA grant

An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Arizona State University has received a $5.7 million award from NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program to to predict the range of rocky exoplanet compositions and provide expertise on the design and operation of space telescopes designed to look for life on exoplanets.

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FORCE Co-I Dan Shim’s research group featured in the Washington Post

The U.S. is about to open a new window into Earth’s mysterious insides “Crushing and blasting rocks in the lab helps scientists re-create the high-pressure, scorching-hot conditions of unreachably deep portions of planets”

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The 2nd FORCE Winter Workshop will be held January 3–4, 2024

The Workshop will be held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, USA. For program information and to indicate your interest, please fill out the form below by August 9. We need an estimate of likely attendance to choose appropriate venues and assess realistic registration costs and the possibility of student travel grant opportunities.

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Alex Navrotsky to be honored at conferences throughout the year

Alex Navrotsky, director of the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe, will be honored at conferences in three countries this year in recognition of her accomplishments and her 80th birthday.

FORCE Newsletter
May 2023

In this issue:

  • About FORCE
  • Groundbreaking ceremony
  • Ichiban passes final testing
  • More news
  • Seminar 5/19: Yingwei Fei

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FORCE’s first workshop brought together high pressure scientists from around the world

On January 4, 2023, FORCE held its first Workshop, entitled “ASU Winter Workshop on Recent Developments in High Pressure Research”.

Professor Alexandra Navrotsky addresses her doctoral and graduate students in the Bateman Physical Sciences Center on the Tempe campus. Photo by Enrique Lopez

FORCE Co-I Alexandra Navrotsky named Regents Professor

“Her pioneering work and expertise in the fields of thermochemistry of minerals and solid-state matter push the boundaries of knowledge in materials while training the next generation of scientists in this field,” says Kenro Kusumi, Dean of Natural Sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The ‘FORCE’ is with ASU, thanks to a $13.7M NSF grant

NSF has just announced the award of $13.7 million to ASU to build a one-of-a-kind high-pressure research facility, Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment (FORCE).

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