(photo credit: Courtesy Bar-Ilan University)
On the same day that Bar-Ilan University opened its $150 million, 7,000-square-meter nanotechnology research center in Ramat Gan on Monday, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev opened its own $42.5m., 5,000-square-meter nano research center in Beersheba.
Today, every university except for the University of Haifa, which does not offer science studies, has a nanotechnology center. The universities say that one center does not come at the expense of the other.
They add that the field of nanotechnology – which deals with materials
in the range of 100 billionths of a meter or smaller in at least one
dimension – has endless possibilities in a wide variety of fields from
medicine to energy and will transform the world.
BGU invested $20m. in the building itself and the rest in research
facilities and personnel. Both universities dedicated their centers as
a part of their annual board of governors activities.
In preparation for the new building in Beersheba, BGU offered a special
program aimed at preparing technical personnel and support staff for
nanotechnology research in a variety of fields. This is being done to
prepare trained manpower for integration into nano research and hi-tech
BGU president Prof. Rivka Carmi said her university has invested about
$90m. in the last few years in its national biotechnology institute to
establish an effective academic platform for a successful biotechnology
industry in the Negev and Israel and to contribute significantly to the
infrastructure of applied biotechnology in life and medical sciences,
which will benefit from nanotechnology research.