Advanced Materials

The Advanced Materials Division (AMD) is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary division that addresses the need for specific research into the end-use of metals in the manufacturing, fabrication and mining industries.

AMD Capacity and Expertise

The Advanced Materials Division (AMD) at Mintek boasts some of South Africa’s key competencies.

The Catalysts Unit of the Advanced Materials Division has the ability to do the following analyses:

  • Surface area and porosimetry analysis by gaseous adsorption techniques.
  • In-situ and ex-situ spectroscopy using infra-red radiation and / or Raman techniques.
  • UV/Vis spectroscopy.
  • Temperature programmed oxidation and / or reduction as well as chemisorption studies

The Nanotechnology Unit of the Advanced Materials Division has the following expertise :

  • Precious metal nanostructure synthesis
  • Metal/polymer nanocomposite synthesis
  • Commercial volumes of precious metal nanostructures
  • Electrochemically-based systems for sensor applications

The Biomedical Unit of the Advanced Materials Division has the following expertise:

  • Metal-based drug development
  • HIV BSLII screening

Physical Metallurgy

The Physical Metallurgy Equipment capability and expertise can be listed as follows:

  • Mechanical property characterisation, e.g, fatigue, tensile strength, fracture toughness etc.
  • Chemical analysis of materials using mass spectrometry
  • Casting Technology, including design of running systems and feeders
  • Quality Control, characterisation and performance ranking for different materials e.g. grinding media (balls). Equipment available includes experimental ball mills and drop tester.
  • Material processing techniques such as rolling, powder metallurgy etc.
  • Full metallographic analysis.


For further information on the above research groups please visit their individual WebPages on the Mintek site.
The following equipment form part of the national Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) sponsored by DST:

  • AFM

For access to the NIC equipment please contact Dr Robert Tshikhudo (011 709 4496 /