Zewail, Mahlab launch Center for Nanotechnology

Dr. Ahmed Zewail, chairman of the board of Zewail City of Science and Technology, met with Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and other ministers and state officials on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for the opening ceremony of Zewail City’s Center for Nanotechnology.

The center, funded by the National Bank of Egypt, cost over $100 million and is currently the largest research center Egypt has seen. This center is hailed as a turning point in the development of scientific research in Egypt as it will allow researchers to develop nanoparticles and nanostructured applications that will improve – even revolutionize – many technology and industry sectors, including information technology, energy, environmental science, medicine and food safety, among many others.

During the visit, Dr. Zewail gave Mahlab and the Cabinet members a brief introduction about the city’s constituents, achievements and how it is going to improve Egypt’s economic development.

Impressed by the magnitude of Zewail City's potentials, Mahalab expressed his excitement about the effect this project is going to have on the future of scientific research in Egypt.

Following the opening ceremony, the group moved to the construction site of Zewail City's new premises in Hadayk October, to evaluate the progress of the construction process. This construction work is the result of the presidential decree issued on April 9, 2014 to allocate 200 acres to Zewail City in the 6th of October City. The construction work is expected to be complete by the end of 2015 and will cost approximately $1.5 billion.