Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Type Disciplines
Private University Nanomaterials Nanomanufacturing
Address Postal Code
near Tai Po Tsai
City State / Province
Kowloon Clear Water Bay
E-mail Country
Hong Kong
Web Phone
link +852 2358 6166
+852 2358 1334

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has created a $100 million Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (INMT) to pursue its mission of supporting local businesses and industries as it exploits the immense potential of nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

Supported by the government and the industry, the INMT is being established with $89.8 m from the Innovation and Technology Fund. Together with industrial support of $11.8m, the Institute has a total 4-year budget of $101.6m.

"Our primary goal with the INMT will be achieving critical mid-stream R&D and technology transfers that allow for the development of functional, multiple-application nanomaterials and technologies relevant to the economic growth of Hong Kong. This will be achieved by working with industries, and academic and research institutions," says Prof Ka Ming Ng, Head of Chemical Engineering and Project Coordinator of the INMT.

By developing novel applications and taking them to market, local businesses and industries will become key players in the nanotechnology and nanomaterials sector. Hong Kong's foundation industries in manufacturing, materials and electronics will be enhanced by producing higher value-added products and services, and entirely new industries could feasibly be created as a corollary of the Institute's work.

International collaborations, technology transfer and the grooming of entrepreneurs and researchers will also be an important responsibility for the INMT, as Hong Kong establishes itself as a global hub for nano-innovation and manufacturing. The INMT will initially conduct R&D in four core areas: eco-friendly micro-fuel cells, nano-electronic display units, integrated nanomaterial manufacturing, and environmental catalysts.

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