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China Sets Up National Lab on Nano Technology

28 June 2001


China opened a national laboratory on nano technology yesterday, in a bid to compete with developed countries in the field.

The Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science (SYNL) originated from the former State Key Lab for Rapidly Solidified Non-equilibrium Alloys, State Key Lab for Fatigue and Fracture of Materials and the Lab for Atomic Imaging of Solids, which were affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China's top science research institution.

At the inauguration ceremony for the lab, CAS president Lu Yongxiang said that the country should do more basic research and strategic development in materials science. The national laboratory should be developed into a world level research base in the field, Lu said. Research fellows at the lab are encouraged to zero in on academic frontiers in advanced materials science, including nano technology which is now thriving worldwide. They will focus on synthesis and processing of new materials, such as nanostructured materials, amorphous materials, thin films and composites; materials characterizations, including electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and thermal analysis. The lab itself will cultivate a group of leading experts in materials science, said Lu Ke, director of the laboratory.

After stepping into the 21st century, many developed countries poured a huge amount of money into the research and development of nano technology, which has been regarded as a new stimulus for another industrial revolution. Chinese researchers have made many stunning achievements in nano technology in the past couple of years. Together with the CAS, the Ministry of Science and Technology plans to reshuffle and shape comprehensive and creative research organs, including the new-established lab.