During 2005 the newly formed Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University undertook a review of all operational entities of the former Port Elizabeth Technikon and the University of Port Elizabeth with the view to formalize activities within such entities. Three units of the former Port Elizabeth Technikon, namely the Port Elizabeth Technikon Catalysis Research Unit (PETCRU), ChemQuest (semi-commercial analytical laboratory of the Port Elizabeth Technikon’s Chemistry Department), and the Materials Resource Centre, decided to amalgamate to form one operating entity called InnoVenton. This entity was formerly registered by the NMMU as “InnoVenton: NMMU Institute for Chemical Technology”.

At the start of the 2006 academic year, InnoVenton was awarded a “Technology Station” by the Department of Science and Technology’s Tshumisano program and the management committee of InnoVenton decided to incorporate the activities of the Technology Station into InnoVenton to form InnoVenton: NMMU Institute for Chemical Technology and Downstream Chemicals Technology Station (abbreviated as InnoVenton/DCTS). As of July 2017 the university was renamed the Nelson Mandela University.

InnoVenton: Institute for Chemical Technology is a formally registered Research Institute at the Nelson Mandela University, whose principle research focus is in Product and Process Development. The Institute strives to be self sustaining through income generated from services to industry, income from technology transfer projects and royalties from patents.

The Institute incorporates the Downstream Chemicals Technology Station, a Government funded initiative to make available high level research, technological services and training, to technology based Small and Medium Enterprises, and South African Industry as a whole.

Strategic Priorities

  • Increase effective collaboration
  • Align resourcing
  • Build core technological capability
  • Customer Focus
  • Ensure optimum balance of leverage (Services/Technology Development/Research)