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Ground-Breaking Ceremony For the Center for Hybrid Nanostructures

Hamburg University and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) add new centre of excellence to their research campus Bahrenfeld

With the ground-breaking ceremony celebrated today, 18 December, construction of the research building for the Center for Hybrid Nanostructures (CHYN) started after the State’s Parliament approval. On 24 September 2014, Hamburg’s elected representatives had said “yes” to the construction cost of 61 million euro for the new centre of excellence with a 4,650 square meters of gross floor space. The project will be implemented through the tenant-landlord model with tHamburg’s Sprinkenhof GmbH, and thus keeps in line with the policy of the Hamburg Senate to expand Hamburg’s leading position as an international center for research structure.

Exploration of Nanoparticles

The CHYN is the first new building on the Campus South, the former Reemtsma site. Objectives of the work in CHYN is the study and application of structures in particles on the nanometer scale, the so-called nano-structures. These nanoparticles have a size from a few atoms up to 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one-billionth of a metre. The scientists in CHYN are dedicated to the connection of nano-electronic and biological materials. The resulting hybrid (mixed) nano-structures offer a huge potential for new applications in medicine and biology. In the future, for example, ultra tiny bioelectronic implants could replace damaged sensory cells and thus enable people to se again, hear again, or move arms and legs. In order to make these applications possible, fundamental questions in physics of the nanoparticles need to be further explored. The co-operation of physics with chemistry, biology and medicine is essential.

Winning Design From Berlin Architect Reiner Becker

For the new building, the architectural firm Reiner Becker Architekten BDA emerged as the winner of the competition. The Berlin-based architect will build the new centre with laboratories for the development of hybrid nanostructures for the analysis and manipulation of biological materials and systems, HF cabins, cryostat pit, laboratories for quantum and organic materials, clean room areas according to ISO RK 4 (420 sqm), ISO RK 5 (220 sqm), and ISO RK 6 (220 sqm) and actively shielded and fitted with vibration-isolated foundations, physical laboratories with optical tables, TEM, SEM and SEMPA.

New Tenant-Landlord Model Used With CHYN

The Senate has set itself the target implement a tenant-landlord model for civic properties. The new model will also be used for the CHYN. With construction cost amounting to 61 million euro, the basis for the rent calculation with interim financing incorporated has been fixed at 46 million euro. For the University of Hamburg, an annual rent of around three million euro and additional one million euro for the operation of the building have thus been allocated in the budget. Furthermore, the University of Hamburg will receive about 8.5 million euro for the initial setup iand federal funding of four million euro.

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