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Rutgers opens $115M chemistry research building

The new Rutgers Chemistry and Chemical Biology building at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
The new Rutgers Chemistry and Chemical Biology building at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. - ()

Rutgers University on Friday officially opened its new four-story, $115 million square Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building.

The 144,000-square-foot building on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus will feature state-of-the-art lab equipment with increased capacity for more researchers and students and several large conference rooms, lecture halls and classrooms.

Rutgers officials say the new building will allow for expanded teaching and more laboratory and support space for research on biophysical chemistry related to human health, drug design and synthesis, alternative energy, biomaterials and nanotechnology.

“These are buildings that address the academic side, the student needs, the research, the faculty needs,” said Rutgers University President Robert Barchi. “They aren’t ornamental buildings.”

The building will include a microscopy suite and optical spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography labs.

New Jersey Deputy Secretary of Higher Education Diana Gonzalez said the new building helps advance Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of boosting the state’s innovation economy.

“When thinking about an innovation economy, this is a critical area that we’ve been talking about,” Gonzalez said. “We are incredibly committed to advancing opportunities for research, for innovation [and] for commercialization of research.

The state provided $85 million in funding for the structure through the 2012 Building Our Future Bond Act, which was enacted with the goal of revitalizing aging facilities across New Jersey’s institutions of higher education.

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