DST Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials

This Centre studies materials such as hard metals, metal alloys, metal oxides, ceramics, diamond and diamond-like materials and composites including carbon nanotubes. Strong materials retain their distinctive properties under extreme conditions and thus have wide applications in the manufacturing and mining industries in South Africa and abroad.

It is extremely important to improve the properties of currently used materials for higher efficiency and cost reduction. In the longer term, the burgeoning fields of advanced strong materials being newly synthesised or in the process of further development are of great potential commercial value. This Centre will address both objectives and its various specific programmes fall within an area identified as being of major importance in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy of the South African Government.

Contact: Prof Darrell Comins
Tel: +27 11 717 6812
Hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand