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Northwest Institute for Non-ferrous Metal Research(NIN) 

 Located at 6 districts in 2 cities ( Xi’an and Baoji ), Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research(NIN) is the key national base for the research of rare metal materials, an important center for professional technology development in China, the proponent of the National Engineering Research Center for Rare Metal Materials Processing and Northwest Quality Supervision & Test Center of Chinese Nonferrous Metal Industry etc. Up to now, there are RMB 1.6 billion assets and over 3000 sets of instruments and equipments in NIN. Its consolidated income approached to RMB 1.37 billion in 2006. There are more than 1670 employees on the job in NIN, among them over 1000 scientific technicians including an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 200 professors and senior engineers and more than 100 doctors and masters.

Undergoing 50 years’ development, NIN has already become a large scientific & technological enterprise (group) composed of a key state-level research institute of national rank with powerful capacity of science and technology, an national engineering research center and several industrialization companies, and a development model laying equal emphasis on fundamental research, engineering and industrialization has been formed in the group. The materials research field of NIN also has a considerable influence in the international academic circle. More than 1100 scientific achievements and 150 patents have been gained. At the same time, NIN has strengthened technologies transferring and engineering projects, developed over 8500 new products and undertook engineering research projects and several national new & high-tech industrialization model projects. More attention has been paid to the proceeding of scientific & technological industrialization, over 10 high-tech companies have been established with NIN as the major or minor shareholder, forming the largest base for the scientific research and manufacturing of rare metal materials in China.

NIN also plays an important role in domestic and international academic circles. It is the committee member or board member of more than 10 organizations such as ITA, ICMC, IUMRS, International Plan see Refractory Metal Research Association, C-MRS and so on. The governmental cooperation and exchange projects have been executed for many years with USA, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, Austria and Poland etc.


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The State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2007 and was one of the first state key laboratories to be established in China's transition institutions and enterprises. The main tasks are to carry out research on industry's leading-edge technologies, research on common key technologies, promote the transformation of basic research results and the industrialization of scientific research results, as well as research and development of international, national or industry technical standards.

The State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials relies on the Northwest Nonferrous Metal Research Institute, an important research base of rare metal materials and the industry's technology development center in China. The laboratory is positioned for basic research on high-performance metallic porous materials and their core technologies. The laboratory closely focuses on the major needs in the fields of national energy, environmental protection, defense industry, aerospace and biology, etc., and aims at the major and advanced scientific issues and common key technologies of porous metal materials in the world. The core metal porous material basic research, preparation theory and preparation technology research, performance and characterization research, and typical application basic research are combined with the cultivation of high-quality talents, high-level academic exchanges and the construction of industry technical service bases to enhance the company's independent innovation capabilities. And international competitiveness of the industry to promote China's technological progress in related fields.

Professor Zhengping Ping , President of Northwest Institute for Non-ferrous Metal Research, served as the laboratory director. Academician Huang Boyun and Academician Xu Delong of the Chinese Academy of Engineering respectively served as the director and deputy director of the academic committee of the laboratory.

The laboratory mainly carries out basic research on the porous structure of metal materials, basic research on the preparation of metal porous materials, properties and characterization of metal porous materials, and basic research on typical applications of metal porous materials. The laboratory consists of four research laboratories: Metal Powder Porous Material, Metal Fiber Porous Material, Metal Foam Material and Advanced Technology of Metal Porous Material.