Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) specializes in Nanotechnology research & development to make innovative products and add value to natural resources.
In 2008 Sri Lanka embarked on a new journey in science and technology development by incorporating the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) as a public-private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and five leading Private sector companies. Since its inception, SLINTEC has achieved rapid results in both its directives of realizing success in Nanotechnology Research and Development, and initiating the building of a Nanotechnology Park in Sri Lanka.
With a hand-picked team of top class scientists from Sri Lankan universities and state of the art labs in place, research commenced in August 2009. Within ten months five international patents were successfully filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This was an immense achievement for a small team of dedicated scientists and professors. Maintaining this momentum two more patents were filed in 2011, a number of papers were published in international scientific journals and several key projects advanced from research to the development phase.
A feasibility study by UNESCO in 2010 gave a new impetus to one of the founding goals of SLINTEC, the development of a Nanotechnology Park in Sri Lanka. Developed on 50 acres of lush land provided by the Government to SLINTEC, the Park will adopt an Open Innovation framework based around a Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE). It aims to attract Research and Development Institutes, Multinational Companies and Small and Medium Enterprises, both local and international, to take advantage of the research, development and innovation that is bound to flourish in the enterprising ecosystem created at this Advanced Technology Park.
Research, Innovation & Wealth Creation
Almost all the research activity at SLINTEC is focused on technologies which are directly applicable to solving the most urgent and important problems that emerging countries such as Sri Lanka have to address. These include affordable food security, safe drinking water, health care and sustainable economic development. SLINTEC’s founding mission was to find innovative and internationally competing solutions to these problems. As a public private partnership, its initial research directions were defined by the five stake holder companies in concurrence with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The methodology which SLINTEC embodies in its approach to innovation can be best encapsulated in the expression ‘Smart Technology on Bedrock Science’. Four years on, SLINTEC has been successful in developing new and innovative technologies which are relevant in a number of the key areas which were chosen. This has resulted in IP in the form of patents and routes to commercialization through new industrial collaborators. Rapid progress and success has been enabled by having the resources, established through the founding investment of the government, to carry out detailed analytical science in all the areas of research it has engaged in. It has enabled the development of solutions to problems which have been studied and understood at a fundamental scientific level – ‘bedrock science’. The solutions themselves are developed with a view to being commercially implemented with capital resources available in a country such as Sri Lanka – ‘smart technology’.
SLINTEC aims to build on the expertise and success it has gained in certain key areas through enhanced research with a view to innovation and IP generation. Additionally it seeks to embark on some new areas of research which it has identified as particularly relevant to the development of the industrial base in Sri Lanka within an internationally competitive landscape.