Rutgers opens $115 million chemistry research building
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University officially opened its new four-story, $115 million Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building. The 144,000 s/f 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. The life science and knowledge creation sectors, like the research at Rutgers, are some of the largest sectors in Middlesex County and they continue to grow steadily. 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.