UK’s Roman Abramovich Sets New Nano Standard
The University's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology was established in 2000, as the first Israeli institute of its kind. Today, with over 90 affiliated research groups from different domains, and close collaboration with both industry and leading research institutions worldwide, the Center sets new standards of excellence and innovation.
Thanks to the donation of approximately $30 million from founding donor Roman Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea Football Club, TAU has begun working on the design of a new, state-of-the-art building on the campus. With inauguration expected in 2020, the building will be one of the leading facilities in the Middle East, meeting the needs of trailblazing research for many years to come.
Designing multidisciplinary environment to support innovation
The innovative building was designed by French architect Michel Rémon, who was chosen in an open architectural competition from over 128 international competitors. The building will form a spectacular new entrance to the University, right next to Gate 2 and the Diaspora Museum (Beit Hatfutsot).
The modern 7,000m2, 3-story building will house a wealth of advanced facilities: the Chaoul Center for Nanoscale Systems occupying the entire ground floor; 16 core research laboratories; activities of the Gertner Institute for Medical Nanosystems and the recently inaugurated Sagol Center for Smart Biotechnologies; and a conference room, offices and team rooms on the upper floors. The architects have taken special care to balance light and temperature inside the building. A special space will be dedicated to collaboration between the Center's researchers and their guests. In addition, the building will be accessible to the general public, inviting visitors from the community to experience cutting-edge science firsthand.
Altogether, some 120 engineers and researchers from both academia and industry will use the new Nano Building as their main hub. Research will be multidisciplinary in essence, bringing together diverse fields like physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, life sciences and engineering. Such diversity will directly enhance quality of life, health and environment, while contributing to a more robust Israeli economy.
TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter: "Nanotechnology is a game-changer that leads the way to a better future in numerous areas. Our new Nano Building will provide outstanding researchers from all over campus with the tools to maximize their efforts, and break new ground for the benefit of humanity and the world we live in. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to founding donor Roman Abramovich for his generous and important contribution to making this project a reality."