The establishment of the Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Centre (NPMM) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China in November 2015. The core objective of setting up the branch is to strengthen the national center’s overall capacity by developing the research of precious metals and nanomaterials, as well as the relevant devices.
Precious metal elements (gold, silver, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium) because of the particularity of atomic structure, showed excellent physical and chemical properties (such as high temperature oxidation resistance and corrosion resistance), electrical properties (excellent electrical conductivity, high temperature thermoelectric performance and stable temperature coefficient of resistance, etc.), high catalytic activity, strong coordination ability and therefore have a wide use in industry and are closely related to the development of modern high-tech.
NPMM positions itself to carry out fundamental and applied research to develop new precious metallic materials and upgrade conventional precious metallic materials and to fulfill the need of precious materials for the development of national economy, high-tech industrial development and national defense.
The primary missions of setting up this Hong Kong Branch are:
To form a complete and reasonable research system and develop multi-level research in the design, fabrication, microstructure and properties of advanced precious metals and nanomaterials.
To strengthen open exchange policy and pay attention to combining production with learning and research and technology transfer.
The forefront and trends of materials field- carries out fundamental research and strives to gain research breakthrough in the fabrication, characterization and device applications of precious metal-based structural and functional nanomaterials
The nation’s significant demand for energy and biomedical materials- develops applied fundamental research and strives to achieve the technology transfer that serves the progress of science and technology development of enterprises