Ben-Gurion University of the Negev established the multidisciplinary Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology – the only one of its kind in the country – in 2000 to advance the field of nanoscience and focus on topics of national importance. Many of the Institute’s projects have resulted in patents in water desalination, new materials, health remedies, and homeland security.
The revolutionary applications of nanotechnology will have a profound impact on our daily lives in an infinite variety of ways: new materials will be lighter and stronger than ever before; tiny robots will diagnose and repair disease inside the body; ultra-accurate clocks and navigation systems will be developed; communications and computing will be superfast; tiny devices the size of watches will hold labs to detect contaminants in the air and water; and highly efficient water desalination systems and affordable solar energy panels will improve the quality of life for all citizens of the world.
The potential is mind-boggling: thin plastic sheets that can convert light into electrical energy…incredibly small transistors to power computers...lightweight materials of unprecedented strength for cars and planes...membranes for filtering and desalinating water...nanostructures that can diagnose diseased cells and deliver drugs.
The new 50,000 square feet state-of-the-art Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Building is a five-story masterpiece with sound-poof, dust-proof, vibration-proof laboratories. It incorporates 53 faculty members from 13 different departments.
The great appeal for Israel is that with nanotechnology the only thing that counts is brain power: no need for natural resources or vast terrain – only the human mind. This is similar to the way Israelis excel in Internet-related technologies.
But there is a crucial difference.
While Internet innovation might take only a few hundred dollars and a phone line, nanotechnology requires highly sophisticated equipment, specially enhanced laboratories and a cadre of highly educated researchers, graduate students and technicians to make the next big step forward.
Contributions from the Israeli government and other funders made the Katz Institute's new cutting-edge facility possible, but the scientific infrastructure and people-power still need tremendous investment.
Support for the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology will enable the University to retain the needed brain power, acquire advanced equipment, and build and expand BGU’s scientific research capacity and its practical applications.
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