Imo Institute partners German firm to get Nano Research Centre

An Imo State-based privately-run institution, Raindrops Institute of Management and Technology(RIMT), Amannachi, Orsu Local Government Area, Imo State, has established a Nano Research Centre in the institute.

The rector of the institute, Rev. Fr. Remigius Orjiukwu, who spoke after the successful installation of the new centre, disclosed that it was set up in partnership with a German world leading dealer in laboratory analysis equipment, Labexchange Analytics.

The rector described nano laboratory as vital and the future of manufacturing and production industry, lamented that it had been missing in the infrastructural framework available to students and academics researching in the domain of Material Sciences and Nano Characterization in Nigeria and West African subregion, in the past.

He explained that the centre would henceforth become a foremost laboratory that supports new technology and research in pharmaceutical sciences, general electroscopic studies and high precision tests in the country.

Orjiukwu noted that the landmark project, which competes with the best in the African subregion and by extension, the world, also boasts of Scanning Electron Microscope, XRD, GC-MS, HPLC, and FTIR, among some of the modern equipment that have been acquired and installed in the laboratory.

He expressed optimism that the new laboratory would help curb capital flights resulting from many Nigerians travelling to South Africa or Europe and America to be able to carry their scientific and technological tests with nanotechnology equipment.

“So, Labexchange Analytics and Raindrops Institute have collaborated to make it happen in Amannachi, Imo State. 

“There is no need again to embark on offshore trip for nanotechnology tests while it can be done in Nigeria”, Orjiukwu said.

The elated rector, who disclosed that Die Laborgerätebörse GmbH, Germany, donated a very valuable equipment GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer), noted that the firm equally assured her technical support, whenever help is needed.

“The GC-MS along with other already procured equipment like the HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography), AAS(Atomic Absorption Spectrometer), XRD(X-Ray Diffractometer); FTIR(Fourier Transformation Infrared Spectrometer) and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) will serve not only the research centre but also the Chemical Engineering Department, Pharmaceutical Technology Department and the Science Laboratory Technology Department of Raindrops Institute of Management and Technology, Amannachi”, he said.

He promised to make the centre available for institutions, groups, individual researchers, working in pharmaceutical, chemical, and other relevant disciplines who need high precision equipment and the services of nano technology facilities as part of their contribution to societal development.

He also disclosed that the RIMT-Nano-Research-Centre, located inside Raindrops Institute premises in Amannachi, would serve the school community for laboratory training and external customers for environmental and industrial support. 

On the partnership with Labexchange Analytics, Germany, Orjiukwu, who is a priest of the Orlu Catholic Diocese, disclosed that the German partners would “use this as a first phase of strategic collaboration that will see them engage in technology transfer and human capital development in the subsaharan Africa, and therefore pioneering this potent initiative with Raindrops Institute of Management and Technology, is a novel initiative that possesses momentous benefits to the African continent and industrial revolution in African subregion.

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