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Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE), as a research institute affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was officially co-founded in 2004 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province and the People’s Government of Ningbo Municipality. Later NIMTE was granted with the titles of Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology and Zhejiang Institute of Industrial Technology respectively in 2009 and 2015 to boost local economic development. Thus the institute is called CNITECH to represent the aforesaid three institutions. As the first state-owned research institute in Zhejiang Province, CNITECH has dedicated itself to strengthening cooperation with industries and research organizations in fields of new materials, advanced manufacturing, new energy and biomedical engineering, and to integrating research and technology with high-tech industrialization.

CNITECH consists of four subsidiary institutes respectively named as: Institute of Materials Technology, which mainly engages in the research on magnets, polymers, composites and functional materials, nano devices and surface engineering, marine materials, and nuclear energy materials; Institute of New Energy Technology, which includes major research fields of solar energy and photovoltaic technology, fuel cells and technology, energy storage technology, photobiology, hydrogen technology and fundamental research of comprehensive technology; Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, which involves the research on composite manufacturing and equipment, computer vision and virtual manufacturing, intelligent measurement and control, laser and energy field manufacturing, and photoelectric ceramic materials and devices; and Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering, which devotes to the development of material technology and engineering in medical fields.

Up to December 2018, CNITECH has accomplished various achievements and turned itself into an excellent institute including:
  • a staff of 1,048, including one CAS member, one CAE member and 272 research professors and professor-level engineers;
  • 54 research groups covering 18 research fields;
  • 2 postdoc work stations;
  • training of 2,484 postgraduates and 443 postdocs;
  • filing of 3,429 patents;
  • publishing of 4,296 papers;
  • over 140,000 m2 of research space and laboratories with facilities worth over 500 million yuan (approx. US$74.39 million).

CNITECH has been working in collaboration with local, national and international industries, and benefitting from significant technology transfer. The institution has transferred 44 technologies to enterprises with a total income of over 1 billion yuan (approx. US$148.77 million) from the technology transfer. CNITECH has also signed contracts with renowned enterprises such as Bosch, UTC, GE and LG, and the institute endeavors to expand and deepen its collaboration with more well-established companies.

CNITECH values international partnership and considers internationalization as one of its key focal points. The institute encourages all types of international exchange and cooperation, including joint research, visiting research fellows, postgraduate exchange or joint education, sharing of experimental facilities, etc. The institute offers ample support for international researchers and short-term visiting scholars from all over the world. Currently, it has established long-term exchange programs and cooperative relationships with over 100 universities and research institutes from 33 countries and regions.

CNITECH welcomes opportunities for cooperation with international peers and partners with whom we share common interests in materials science and technology.