The University of Pennsylvania officially opened the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology last month. The 78,000 square-foot Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology will serve as the university’s focal point for groundbreaking work in the emerging field of nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.
The Singh Center was made possible by a $20 million gift from Krishna P. Singh, founder, president and chief executive officer of Holtec International in Marlton, New Jersey, an energy-technology company he established in 1986.
The potential benefits of nanotechnology range from regenerative medicine and targeted drug delivery systems, to innovative new approaches in creating and storing electricity that could virtually eliminate the use of fossil fuels, to highly efficient ways of harvesting fresh water from seawater, to everyday commercial products that make clothes last longer, golf balls fly straighter and personal computers operate more efficiently, reports the University of Pennsylvania.
“The Singh Center positions Penn to become our nation’s leader in nanoscale science, education and research,” said Penn oresident Amy Gutmann. “This is a stunning building that will bring together eminent Penn researchers and experts in private industry with state-of-the-art laboratories and production facilities. Nanotechnology is a vital field with tremendous momentum and vast opportunities for innovation and positive impact locally, nationally and globally. The Singh Center is a critically important part of Penn’s mission to advance both basic discovery and the application of those discoveries to improve society.”