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Posted: November 28, 2007
University of Fribourg gets $90 million gift mostly for nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) Swiss industrialist Adolphe Merkle has given 100 million Swiss Francs (approx. $90 million) to the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, with the bulk of it to go for nanotechnology research. The money will fund a new multidisciplinary institute which will have a great degree of autonomy but will be attached to the university's faculty of science. It will operate on three levels: basic research at an international level, applied research in partnership with industry and short-term mandates for small and medium-sized businesses.
The Adolphe Merkle Foundation will allow the university to set up a new institute for nanosciences. The Foundation will further support the Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials, which was founded in 2006, also with a gift from Dr. Merkle.
The donation will also cover the creation of a new chair in innovation management and technology transfer as well as funding studies in plurilingualism. Merkle, age 83, founded the Fribourg-based measurement company Vibro-Meter in 1952, which he later sold.