Egypt Nanotechnology Center (EGNC) is an initiative launched by the Egyptian government in 2008 to support industrial research novelty. This state of the art research center will contribute to the growth of the national economy through the development of human capital, the production of valuable intellectual property and the promotion of nanotechnology applications in all sectors that are relevant to the economic development of Egypt. The agreement to establish the center was held by Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) representing the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Science and Technological Development Fund representing the Ministry of Higher Education and IBM Corporation. The development of human capital started by sending 10 Egyptian researchers to gain industrial R&D experience in IBM’s research labs in Yorktown and Zurich. During their post, they work in collaboration with IBM’s scientists on five main projects. Cairo University and Nile University were the founding academic partners of EGNC, and additional academic partners have been such as Mansoura University, and the Egypt-Japan University of Science & Technology. The EGNC will include 28 specialized laboratories that will be equipped with the most up-to-date nanotechnology devices to help researchers work on the advanced Nano-science and Nanotechnology projects. The building will include the first large clean room in Egypt with an area of 600 m2 expanding to 2000 m2. This clean room will be open to the Egyptian public and private sector research activities. Another vital objective of the EGNC is to help researchers complete the projects they are working on within similar environment and help them translate their knowhow into useful applications that can be used in different Industries. The current projects that the EGNC researchers are working on can be summarized as;
- Thin Film Silicon Photovoltaics.
- Spin-On Carbon-Based Electrodes for Thin Film Photovoltaics.
- Nano - Biotechnology.
- Energy Recovery from Concentrated Photovoltaic for Desalination.
- Computational Modeling and Simulation.