National Center of Analysis and Testing for Nonferrous Metals and Electronic Materials(NCATN), founded with authority of Ministry of Science and Technology, China, in June, 1983, is the first national institute of analysis and testing in China. NCATN is attached to Beijing General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals, and professionally guided by Ministry of Science and Technology. NCATN has successfully acquired both the Metrology Certification and the National Laboratory Accreditation in 1992 and 2001 respectively.
NCATN boasts a strong research team with solid basis of theoretical learning and rich practical experience, including 75 senior and middle ranked researchers and 36 young technicians with doctor or master degree. Laboratories cover 6400 square meters. A host of advanced facilities are there including 42 sets of large precision instruments. NCATN is authoritative in the analysis and testing of nonferrous metals and electronic materials in China, so that it becomes one of the main departments in drafting testing standards in the nonferrous metals industry of China. The major three missions of NCATN are to provide analysis and testing services, to study and develop analytical techniques and methods and to train engineers of analysis and testing. NCATN fulfils its duties excellently and plays an important role in large scientific research projects of China.
There are three divisions: chemistry division, physics division and R&D division of advanced materials in the center. They are engaged in chemical composition analysis for nonferrous metals, rare metals, rare earth metals and alloys, electronic materials etc; nondestructive testing of jewelry of gold, silver and platinum; mechanical and physical property testing for various materials; microstructure and micro-defect investigations for metals, alloys, semiconductors, devices and components etc. By taking the fullest advantage of its strong scientific and technical strengths, the R&D division endeavors to explore new fields, and has made some achievements in energy materials, high purity metals, analytical instruments and accessories, reference materials and solutions.
Oriented by the market NCATN serves the society actively, and has contributed significantly to the development and technological progress of nonferrous metals industry of our country. Up to now, a huge number of accurate and reliable analysis data have been provided to more than 2000 institutes and enterprises, and a lot of research projects have been successfully accomplished. NCATN has won 112 national/ministerial awards, 20 patents, and got 220 national/industry analysis standards drafted, 87 certified reference materials developed, and 700 scientific papers and 22 scientific books published. NCATN organizes training courses for technicians from industrial and mining enterprises every year. More than fifty students graduated from the center have gained their doctor or master degrees, and undergraduates could get the chances of practice in the center every year.
In recent years, NCATN has actively conducted international exchanges and cooperation, by participating in international academic conferences, collaborative research，investigations and training. Delegates sent by NCATN have visited more than 10 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Mutual visits have been arranged between the experts of NCATN and Argonne National Laboratory of the United States. Besides, NCATN has signed an agreement with Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russian for the exchange education of postgraduate.
NCATN will continue to strengthen the development of research team and advanced instruments. Following the principle of "scientific, fair, accurate" as always, NCATN will try its best to provide high quality analytical service comprehensively and efficiently for customers all over the world!