Lynda and Stewart Resnick, through their foundation, pledged a $50 million gift to advance Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s sustainability and catalysis research and development. This gift will support the creation of The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Sustainability Center for Catalysis, aimed to empower faculty and students to discover innovative approaches to sustain global growth and protect the planet for future generations.
The need for the Resnick Sustainability Center for Catalysis arises from projections indicating that by 2050, Earth will have a population exceeding 10 billion people. Its purpose is to tackle the fast depletion of vital natural resources used in food and medicine production, with Technion leading the way. With state-of-the-art technologies that will be specifically designed to enhance production efficiency while minimizing any adverse effects on nature and resources, and open-space laboratories that will span 65,000 square feet, the Resnick Sustainability Center for Catalysis will not only cater to present requirements but will also allow seamless integration of future advancements in scientific technology equipment.
"We thank Lynda and Stewart Resnick for their partnership and transformative gift. The climate crisis is one of humanity's greatest challenges in the 21st century," said Technion President Professor Uri Sivan. "Coping with this challenge demands many different scientific capabilities. The Technion has recently created a revolution in dealing with major global challenges based on the understanding that bold research achievements require interdisciplinary efforts that link researchers and students from varied scientific and technological fields. The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Sustainability Center for Catalysis will encompass a wide range of scientific expertise and enable us to meet the climate crisis and sustainable development challenges."
Did you know? Catalysis is a chemical process that speeds up the reaction between molecules. This process is found in laboratories and occurs naturally in our bodies. Catalysis is widely used across industries, playing a vital role in promoting sustainability and advancing various sectors – it’s involved in about 90% of industrial production processes. A catalyst, the molecule that facilitates this acceleration, enables many reactions that would otherwise be very slow or would not occur at all. By continuously enhancing catalysis techniques, industrial methods become more effective while minimizing their negative environmental impact. This link between catalysis and sustainability emphasizes catalysis's significant role in striving for an eco-friendlier future.