AsianScientist (Jan. 6, 2015) – A ceremony to mark the opening of the University of Hong Kong Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation (HKU-ZIRI) was held on December 10, 2014 at Qingshanhu Science and Technology City in Lin’an of Zhejiang. HKU President Professor Peter Mathieson and Director of Zhejiang Province Science and Technology Department Mr. Zhou Guohui officiated at the ceremony.
HKU-ZIRI was incorporated in December 2012 with the support from CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee, Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government, Science Technology Department of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government, Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government and Lin’an Municipal People’s Government. It seeks to play a significant role in strengthening the partnership with Yangtze River Delta and contributing to the incubation of new high-tech industries of strategic importance, as well as the transformation of the industries in Zhejiang with a view to contributing to the economic and social development of the Mainland through research.
HKU-ZIRI will provide research and development in high-end and cutting-edge disciplines. Three research laboratories will be set up at the institute. They are: the Research Laboratory for Industrial Internet-of-Things, Research Laboratory for Nanofluids and Thermal Engineering, and Research Laboratory for Aerodynamics and Acoustics.
The Chief Scientists of the laboratories are Professor George Huang from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Professors Wang Liqiu and Huang Lixi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKU Faculty of Engineering. They will be leading over 30 postgraduate, PhD students and researchers to conduct research in the respective areas.
The University also signed a memorandum of understanding with a number of high-tech companies in the Science and Technology City for collaborations in R&D in the areas of Industrial Internet-of-Things, Thermal Engineering, and Aerodynamics and Acoustics. In the long run, the institute plans to establish two to three more research laboratories in the fields of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Source: University of Hong Kong.
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