Nanotechnology Science Research Building On The Horizon At Penn
(Philadelphia skyline drawing with University buildings courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania)
There is so much construction going on and being planned for the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia that Penn has created the PennConnects weblink for the public to track its myriad projects: newly completed, in-progress, and on the drawing board.
Click on Planned Projects and you can see drawings and data on the new Singh Nanotechnology Building that recently broke ground, thanks to a $20 million donation from alumnus and nuclear engineer Krishna Singh.
(Photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania)
The $80 million Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology will "encourage the collaboration, exchange, and integration of knowledge that characterizes the study of this emerging field," according to the PennConnects website. Nanotechnology is so popular among students and researchers that its appeal crosses not only disciplines but traditional schools. Accordingly, and for the first time, the new building will combine the resources of both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).
The Center will have four main components:
- Microscopy labs
- Environmentally-controlled clean rooms
- General labs and optics labs for research
- Collaboration spaces
The large basement lab will be designed to limit external vibrations that effect nanotech microscopes. Nanotechnology "is a very facilities intensive field," notes Engineering School Dean Eduardo Glandt: "You're only as good as your microscope.
" The low vibration environment will also aid the work of researchers like professor Yale Goldman, who studies the impact of molecular motors on neurological diseases.
The Singh building site was chosen strategically. Part of the University's eastern expansion plan, the nanotech center will act as a gateway to the campus along the Schuylkill River Corridor. Development of this eastern edge is important for linking the University to the City of Philadelphia proper. The eastern corridor plan includes extensive green space and pedestrian walkways.
If you are a supplier of lab science equipment and would like to meet researchers and purchasing managers at Penn, join us at Biotechnology Calendar's 12th Annual Philadelphia BioResearch Trade Faire TM event May 19, 2011.