ICCBS-and-Islamia-Univ_optSTAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan would be having the first ever nanochemistry laboratory at the Karachi University next year. A ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the facility, called Latif Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Nanotechnology, has recently been held at the institution. The first-of-its-kind research centre in the country that will be a part of the universitys International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and receive Rs50 million worth of funds from the Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation.

The director of ICCBS, Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, said that the new centre will be housed in a two-storey building with ten large laboratories, a central instrument room, dedicated library, a central workshop, a pilot plant and faculty, seminar and meetings rooms.

Speaking at the occasion, the HEC founder Dr Attaur Rahman, said, “In todays world, nanotechnology has a major influence on the development of science and technology as well as engineering. The world of nanotechnology involves shrinking things down to a whole new level, where things are a billion times smaller than the world of metres that we live in.”

The universitys dean of sciences, Prof. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, was quite optimistic that Pakistan will be able to create a pool of skilled manpower in the discipline as well as a network with international experts.

“I believe the scientists from across the world will have a great time doing research with the latest equipment at the state-of-the-art centre.”

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