To be the leading provider of innovative nanotechnology based solutions for South Africa.
To advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to bridge the innovation chasm for the development of products and services which tackle societal challenges in South Africa.
The DST/Mintek NIC is headed by Dr. Lucky Sikhwivhilu. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand. Following postdoctoral studies at Unipress - Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland he developed interest in the use of high pressure methods for syn-thesis and investigation of semi-conductor properties. By manipulating interatomic distances in the crystalline solids information about the nature of electronic band structure and defects levels could be infered.
After joining Mintek in 2012 his interest shifted towards fabrication of mineral based nanostructures with important functionalities such as electronic/optical properties, or biomolecular responses. The emphasis was on understanding the weak intermolecular interactions at interfaces which do not involve strong chemical bonding.
He currently also heads The India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Nanotech-nology Tri-lateral Initiative in South Africa as National Contact Person (NCP) for the four pro-grams in Health, Energy, Water and Advanced Materials and Sensors.