Probably most likely known as Chelsea Football Club’s owner, business tycoon Roman Abramovich has been revealed as the patron behind a $30 million gift to Tel Aviv University to enable it to set up a much needed new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center. Abramovich already committed the sum to the venture in 2015, but his identity remained undisclosed until now.
TAU opened its existing Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center in 2000 making it the first establishment of its kind in the country. The new center is needed to meet persistently growing needs for a larger, newer, and more elaborate center, which is set to open doors in 2020. It will be located on TAU’s campus and will be the Middle East’s most notable facility of its kind.
The new building, which will comprise three stories on 7,000 sq m, is being designed by renowned French architect Michel Remon who was selected from 128 global participants in a contest.
The structure will contain cutting-edge facilities comprising 16 main research labs, including new ones revising quantum effects; undertakings by the Gertner Institute for Medical Nanosystems, as well as the newly inducted Sagol Center for Smart Biotechnologies; offices; a conference room; team rooms; the Chaoul Nanoscale Systems Center; plus basemen facilities and a subfab zone to stabilize the ultramodern apparatuses of the Chaoul Center.
The architecture has been specially created to delicately balance temperature and light within the structure. A singular area will be even be reserved for teamwork between the Center’s scientists and their guests. Moreover, the general public will have access to the building.
According to Prof. Joseph Klafter, TAU president, nanotechnology is a difference maker that pioneers the way to an improved future in abundant areas.
The President is certain that the exceptional 120 engineers and researchers who will be employed in the center will add huge value for civilization in fields such as life sciences, engineering, chemistry, physics, medicine, and biology.