Leading research centers partner to launch a national
nanotechnology research program.
In 2012 two of UB's leading research centers—the Institute
for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics; and the New York State
Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life
Sciences—agreed to help launch the Zimbabwe International
Nanotechnology Center (ZINC). The University of Zimbabwe and the
Chinhoyi University of Technology are partners in this national
nanotechnology research center. GIGBS is a key collaborator in the
program that focuses on nanomedicine and biosensors research at the
University of Zimbabwe and energy research at the Chinhoyi
University of Technology.
ZINC evolved from the NIH Fogarty International Center, HIV
International Research Training Program first awarded to UB and UZ
in 2008. It conducted HIV research training and built capacity in
Zimbabwe and neighboring countries in southern Africa.
ZINC will establish a long-term international research and
training platform in the field of nanotechnology in areas that
promote Zimbabwe's strengths. Additionally it will advance the
development and commercial growth of nanotechnology in that