Nanoscale Science Building Gets Explosive Start at Rice

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE: (713) 831-4793 NANOSCALE SCIENCE BUILDING GETS EXPLOSIVE START AT RICEExplosive pyrotechnics triggered by a nanoscale carbon structure will break ground for the future home of the Center for NanoscaleScience and Technology at Rice University on April 30. The building is part of Rice’s nanoscale science and technology initiative, a commitment to a new facility, endowed faculty chairs and equipment for research in the field. A $32.3 million campaign is under way to support the initiative. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology will support interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscale science, the science of creating materialsand machines atom by atom. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. In a groundbreaking ceremony set for 1 p.m., Richard Smalley, co -discoverer of buckyballs, the third form of carbon, and director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, will deliver thekeynote speech. The building will stand on the northwest side of campus, at thecorner of Campanile Road and Alumni Drive. onstruction will begin immediately, and the building is expected to be completed in the fall of 1997. The four-story building will have undergraduate labs, classrooms, conference space and an advanced research laboratoryfeaturing the most sophisticated equipment for nanoscale research. Twelve faculty members from chemistry, physics and electrical engineering will be housed in the building, but research will also involve faculty from biochemistry and cell biology, chemical engineering and materials sciences. The building will also houseabout one-third of the chemistry department faculty. ### AddThislast_img read more