The owner of Chelsea Football Club Roman Abramovich donated $ 30 million to Tel Aviv University, the building of the new center will be built on these funds, the Jerusalem Post writes. A representative of a businessman confirmed Forbes this information.
The publication indicates that the donation was made in 2015, but the donor remained unknown. As expected, the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will be opened in 2020.
The existing center of nanoscience and nanotechnology was opened in 2000 during the presidency of Shimon Peres, an ardent supporter of nanotechnology, and became the first such institution in Israel. To date, the center has been associated with more than 90 research groups around the world.
After completion of construction works, the center will become one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Middle East. French architect Michel Remon is responsible for the design of the new building, which will be located on the campus of TAU, adjacent to the Museum of the Jewish People. Remon was selected from 128 competitors from around the world in an open competition.
In a three-story building with an area of 7,000 square meters. m will be located modern laboratories, including the Center for the Study of Nanoscale Systems, which will occupy the entire first floor; 16 major research laboratories, including laboratories that study quantum effects, as well as the Institute of Medical Nanosystems. Gertner.
About whether Abramovich donated something to Israeli organizations earlier, it is not known, but he invested in a number of business projects in this country. In May 2015, the billionaire invested $ 0.5 million in the Russian-Israeli telemedicine service Medviser, he also invested in Storedot, AcousticEye, Via, iAngels, and others.
In 2015, Abramovich held his first deal with Israeli real estate. The businessman bought the hotel The Varsano in one of the prestigious areas of Tel Aviv for $ 25 million.
As the local newspaper Globes wrote, the billionaire was interested in buildings in this area of Tel Aviv before. So, in 2007 he wanted to buy a historic Shlush House mansion, but the deal fell through.