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. As the first state-owned research institute in Zhejiang Province, NIMTE 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.
NIMTE 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, as well as marine 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 2020, NIMTE has accomplished various achievements and grown into an excellent institute including:
- a staff of 1,202 including one CAS member and two CAE members;
- 59 research groups covering 16 research fields;
- 300+ overseas high-level talents;
- 2 postdoc work stations;
- currently training of 1,585 graduate students;
- filing of 3,000+ patents;
- publishing of 5,000+ papers;
- responsible for 4,000+ projects;
- research facilities worth over 700 million yuan (approx. US$107.03 million).
NIMTE has been working in collaboration with local, national and international industries, and benefitting from significant technology transfer. The institution has transferred over 50 technologies to enterprises with a total income of over 1.2 billion yuan (approx. US$1,857 million) from the technology transfer. NIMTE has also signed contracts with over 800 renowned enterprises such as Bosch, UTC, GE and LG, and the institute endeavors to expand and deepen its collaboration with more well-established companies.
NIMTE 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 over 30 countries and regions.
NIMTE welcomes opportunities for cooperation with international peers and partners with whom we share common interests in materials science and technology.
In the future, NIMTE will further unite its efforts, remain true to its original aspirations, and strive to construct an institute featuring first-class talent teams, a first-class policy environment, first-class research and innovation platforms, first-class research achievements and outputs, first-class disciplinary competitiveness and first-class self-development capabilities, evolving into an indispensable scientific research institution for national S&T research and leading regional economic innovation-driven development.