Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center
- Ground Broken Date: Fall 2006
- Named: April 24, 2009
- The Marcus Foundation donated $15 Million to Georgia Tech for the building
The Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC) is a nanotechnology research center located in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. The NCR opened on April 24, 2009, and it was constructed on the site of the Electronics Research Building, the former home of GTRI's Information and Communications Laboratory. The NRC is the largest cleanroom laboratory in the Southeast United States. Scientists and engineers researching nanotechnology there study the characteristics and behavior of atoms and molecules and use that knowledge to create new materials and tiny nano-scale tools and machines. The Center on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech was first founded by Dr. Zhong Lin Wang. Also under the banner of the NRC is the Nanotechnology Lab, led by Dr. W. Jud Ready. The building was funded by multiple sources; the state of Georgia donated $7 million, the Marcus Foundation donated $15 million, and $36 million was donated by an anonymous source.
Bernard "Bernie" Marcus is an American pharmacist and retail entrepreneur. He co-founded Home Depot and was the company's first CEO; he served as Chairman of the Board until retiring in 2002. He has also been an active philanthropist. Marcus heavily contributed to the launch of the Georgia Aquarium, which opened in downtown Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. Based mostly on the US$250M million donation for the Aquarium, Marcus and his wife, Billi, were listed among the top charitable donors in the country by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2005.