U of Chicago to construct molecular research center

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The University of Chicago will begin construction of the William Eckhardt Research Center next September that will house portions of the physical sciences division and the university’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering.

The Institute for Molecular Engineering will explore innovative technology made possible by modern advances in nanoscale manipulation. The university’s partner in the Institute will be Argonne National Laboratory, which brings deep expertise in nanoscale research with relevance to energy, public health, biology, homeland security and other fields. The two basement levels will contain molecular imaging, added the university.

The building is named for Chicago futures trader and alumnus William Eckhardt, in recognition of his $20 million gift in support of advanced science at the university.