The establishment of the Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Center (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.


Major Research Directions

  • 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

Major Research Areas

  • New generation basic metallic materials
  • Precious metal nanomaterials
  • New materials simulation

Past Events



14th International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO2018)

Date:   24 to 29 June 2018
Venue:   City University of Hong Kong

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of NANO2018, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to each of you who generously helped us make this event come together to become a success.

Around 600 participants from over 35 countries and regions spent precious time and resources to attend and to contribute to NANO2018. Your contribution is valuable to the nano-science and nanotechnology field, and is highly appreciated. Quite a number positive responses were received from various parties after the conference.  We hope you enjoyed the scientific and social programme and that you have taken the opportunity to exchange ideas and establish relationships with high-level researches, experts, and industrial specialists around the world.

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