Bar Ilan University founds $133m nanotech center

The new building will be dedicated in late 2007. The center will employ 40 researchers.

Bar Ilan University is setting up a nanotechnology center at a cost of $133 million. $33 million of this will be spent on a new 12,000-sq.m. building. The university will spend $100 million from its budget, and the government will furnish the rest. The money will pay for the center’s activity for five years.

The new center will specialize in materials, while The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology’s existing nanotechnology center concentrates on nano-electronics. The new building will be dedicated in late 2007, and will significantly expand Bar Ilan’s current nano-technology research in its various departments.

Prof. Avi Ulman of the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan University said that one of the center’s special features would be its direct links with industry, and its BS and MS programs in nanotechnology, in addition to a PhD program. The center will employ 40 senior researchers in chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering, including prominent nanotechnology researchers recruited from overseas.

Published by Globes [online] - - on December 28, 2005

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