An exciting collaboration was initiated in 2015 between researchers from Bar Ilan University's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing - an institute at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
BINA scientists participated in the International ChinaNano conference in Beijing in the summer of 2015, where Prof. Minghua Liu, director of NCNST, and Prof. Yuval Garini, director of BINA, met to launch this collaboration.
In April of 2016 an official honorary ceremony took place at the NCNST in Beijing, which included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two research delegations. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Matan Vilnai, Israel’s Ambassador to China; Mr. Jinghua Cao - Director General of the Bureau of International Cooperation - a division of CAS; and Prof. Arie Zaban - VP of research from BIU.
"BIU’s strategic vision focuses on the great challenges of the 21st century. Facing these challenges will require an innovative interdisciplinary approach through international cooperation between scientists,” said Prof. Arie Zaban.
The signing ceremony followed an intensive two-day workshop where both delegations presented their research and proposals for collaboration in a range of disciplines, including energy, drug delivery, bio-nano, biophysics, physics, material science and chemistry. Eight different collaboration projects, already underway, were presented by the researchers.
"The key word in today's science applications is innovation," said Director-General Mr. Jinghua Cao, who expressed his strong support for the signing of this collaboration by the Nano-Center directors.
The delegation leaders voiced their eagerness to expand the partnership with Bar Ilan University by including additional CAS institutes. "We have moved from the appraisal stage to actual person-to-person collaborations by project. We look forward to the exchange of scholars and students between the institutes in the very near future," added NCNST Director Prof. Minghua Liu.
In a speech delivered to the researchers, Prof. Yuval Garini emphasized that "the real success of the collaboration will be achieved through the creativity and dedication of the members of both institutes in carrying out research projects together with their students." The next meeting is already being planned by Bar-Ilan delegates who will host their Chinese counterparts at a scientific innovation conference to be held in Israel in April 2017.
Story originally published in Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials' summer 2016 newsletter