How did the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development come into being?
Norbert Blechner, an American philanthropist, and valued friend of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev expressed his desire to establish a university center that combines advanced fundamental and applied research dealing with major challenges of human society. He decided to support, through a major donation awarded in 1995, the establishment of the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development.
The Center staff consists of researchers in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, materials science, reactor engineering and process simulations and technology, graduate students, postdocs and permanent engineers and technicians. The staff of the Blechner Center has developed the infrastructure and the expertise in novel catalytic materials and processes based on extensive funding from science foundations, many industrial partners and our original donation.