Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Tuesday, March 25, 2003
China to Set up Nano Science Center
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Peking University and Tsinghua University announced on March 22 that they would put together their research staff to set up a national nano science center to provide a public technological platform for the nation��s long-term development of nano science and technology.
Approved by the state council, the center is to be established by the State Development and Reform Commission. Taking CAS as its base and initialed by Peking and Tsinghua universities, the center will enjoy an early-stage state investment of 250 million yuan.
The nano center, based on a streamlined research staff, will strive to become a public service platform, sci-tech development center, international exchange center and senior staff-fostering base in the field of nano studies. The recent studies of the center mainly include four aspects, nano processing and nano devices, important nano materials and nano structure, nano application in medical and life sciences, as well as presentation method and technology of nano structure and function.
First nanoscience park breaks ground in northwest China
The ground has been broken on China's first nanoscience and nanotechnology park in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, according to sources with the park on Monday.
A Taiwan company has invested 1.2 billion yuan (146 million US dollars) in the park, which will cover 67 hectares in an economic zone. The construction of the first phase of the project is expected to be completed in two years.
The park aims to promote nanometric scientific research and development by setting up a nanometric production base and training personnel in nanotechnology, the sources said.
Nanoscience is widely applied in electronics, metallurgy, the chemical industry and defense. China has made some breakthroughs in the field, and used the technology to prevent mildew on the famous 2,000-year-old terra-cotta horses and warriors of the Qin Dynasty.