Dimitri Argyriou, an accomplished physicist and Associate Director for In-Kind Management at the European Spallation Source, has been selected to serve as the next director of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). His appointment is expected to begin this June. The announcement follows an international search. See the full announcement.
“I am very pleased that Dimitri is joining us to become the next director of the Advanced Light Source,” said Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell. “With his expertise and leadership experience at some of the world’s leading research laboratories, he is well suited to ensure the ALS and its community will continue to advance science for the benefit of society.”
The ALS is an X-ray synchrotron scientific user facility that produces extremely bright X-ray, infrared, and extreme ultraviolet light for more than 1,800 visiting scientists each year. Up to 40 experiments can be performed simultaneously using the synchrotron, resulting in nearly 900 peer-reviewed scientific articles each year across a range of fields, from chemistry and materials sciences to biology and environmental sciences.
In addition, the ALS is undergoing a major upgrade, called ALS-U, which will take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies to endow the ALS with light more than 100 times brighter than the facility offers today, opening the door to new realms of scientific study and keeping the ALS’s world-leading capabilities.
“I am delighted to join the team at Berkeley Lab and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the Advance Light Source through what will be some incredibly exciting times,” said Argyriou. “ALS staff and the ALS community have played a pioneering role in science with photons. The ALS upgrade will super-charge this community and position Berkeley Lab in a world leading role in photon science. I am looking forward to stewarding the ALS through this exciting transition and, with a team spirit, working with ALS staff, Berkeley Lab staff, and the user community to harvest the capabilities offered by this upgrade to deliver transformative science.“