AIU Faculty Member, Dr. Amir Irani, Visits the University of Nottingham, Institut Laue-Langevin, and CERN

From May 24th to 29th, 2024, Dr. Amir Irani embarked on a journey of innovation and discovery, visiting three leading research institutions: the University of Nottingham in the UK, Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, and CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. This visit aimed to deliver an insightful talk, conduct significant experiments, and explore potential collaborations, marking a significant milestone in his academic career.


Purpose of Visits

The purpose of Dr. Irani's visits was multifaceted. He sought to share his knowledge through a lecture, perform crucial experimental research, and establish collaborative relationships with these prestigious institutions. This journey not only showcased his dedication to scientific advancement but also emphasized the importance of international cooperation in research.


University of Nottingham, UK

At the University of Nottingham, Dr. Irani presented a compelling talk on integrating molecular dynamics simulations with experimental validation to understand the structure of polysaccharides. His presentation covered:

  • The significance and challenges of studying polysaccharides.
  • Utilizing molecular dynamics simulations to model these complex molecules.
  • Validating these simulations through experimental techniques such as X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy.

Following his talk, Dr. Irani toured the university's state-of-the-art research facilities, including X-ray crystallography equipment, electron microscopes, and high-performance computing clusters. Engaging discussions with faculty members about potential collaborative projects highlighted the visit, opening doors for future partnerships.




Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France

Dr. Irani's time at the Institut Laue-Langevin was dedicated to conducting quasi-elastic neutron scattering experiments to study the interaction between water and pectin polysaccharides. These experiments provided valuable insights into the dynamics of hydration water around these molecules, revealing the impact of water on their behavior and stability. Additionally, he toured the neutron scattering instruments and support facilities, deepening his understanding of the advanced technologies employed at ILL.



CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

The visit to CERN was a highlight of Dr. Irani's journey, offering a fascinating glimpse into the realm of particle physics and cutting-edge scientific research. He toured the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and learned about the groundbreaking experiments conducted there. This visit underscored the immense technological advancements and collaborative efforts at CERN, leaving a lasting impression on Dr. Irani.



Dr. Amir Irani's visits to these leading research institutions were profoundly enriching, providing new insights and opportunities for future collaborations. He extends his heartfelt thanks to the American International University (AIU) for funding this journey, which enabled him to engage with global scientific communities and advance his research.

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