Ilse Katz Institute for Nano-Scale Science and Technology

BGU Centers of Excellence

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Ilse Katz Institute for Nano-Scale Science and Technology

Established in 2000, the Ilse Katz Institute focuses on all aspects of nanotechnology, including nano-biotechnology and medical research, quantum optics research, desert research in solar energy and water sciences, biosensors for homeland security and medical diagnostics.

Having established the first and only atom chip lab in Israel, and the first and only Israeli Nanofabrication Facility dedicated to atom quantum optics and photonics, BGU is unique in Israel and notable among leading institutions in the United States and Europe.

The institute boasts a cadre of top young researchers trained in some of the best universities in the world such as MIT, Harvard, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Berkeley and the University of Heidelberg. In addition to core research, scientists from diverse fields, including medicine, water, solar energy, homeland security, biology, material engineering, communications, and physics are part of the institute.

Many of the institute’s projects have resulted in patents in fields ranging from water desalination to new materials from nanotubes to homeland security. Currently, scientists are researching important issues such as drug treatment, clean water, clean energy, homeland security, medical sensing, quantum technology, as well as advanced communications, materials, and computing.