Together we can move faster and farther.

MDBI recognizes the recent improvement in the overall research output of African-based researchers. This improvement is a consequence of many initiatives that are actively implemented in Africa.  We know that there is still a long way to go because Africa still has the least contribution to global research output. We have been through the difficulties associated with doing research in Africa and we have clear ideas on how to tackle these challenges in the short, medium and long terms.

As part of our efforts to contribute to high-quality research output in Africa, we are activating the initial phase of our virtual collaboration platform. The virtual collaboration strategy is designed to bridge the gap between researchers and research facilities that are heterogeneously distributed on the continent.

In the nearest future virtual collaboration will ensure that the network between researchers and research facilities will be fully autonomous. We want to bring intra-collaboration to the fingertips of everyone.

Our objective at this stage is to match researchers with laboratories where needed facilities are available within the shortest time possible. Please see the list of research techniques within our reach.


TechniqueBrand od Equipment
AA-graphitePerkin Elmer
AA-FlamePerkin Elmer
ICP-MSPerkin Elmer
FTIRPerkin Elmer
NMR-1H &13CBruker
NMR –solid stateBruker
UV/VisPerkin Elmer
XRF- powder and beadShimadzu
XRF-powder and beadWirsam
XRD -powderRigaku
XRD- single crystalBruker
Karl Fischer (Moisture)Mettler Toledo
ViscometerAnton Paar
Zeta particle size analyserMalvern
CHNS-O analyserThermo
SEMCal Zeiss
Optical microscopyZeiss/ Leica
DSCMettler Toledo
Microhardness testingFM 700
Tensile testingInstron
Fatigue testingInstron
Hot deformation testingGleeble 3500 Thermomechanical Simulator
Vacuum induction meltingHot Platinum
Vacuum electric arc melting
Electrochemical testing techniquesMetrohm
Researchers can now use the two services we offer at this stage for FREE

Use a facility

We have several techniques that can be accessed by researchers through our network.

We provide a very quick link between researchers seeking to use facilities and lab managers in charge of these facilities.

We guide researchers on sample preparations for various techniques.

We provide information on the duration it will take to get results from experiments.

We do not negotiate the cost of experiment as it is at the discretion of lab managers and researchers.

We do not facilitate payment for experiment as different Universities apply different financial policies.

Visit a lab

We help to secure placements for master’s and doctoral candidates who are seeking to travel to other universities for bench work.

We have partners across Universities in South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Candidates willing to use this service must have funds to support their travelling and living expenses.

Depending on the field of research, we can help candidates to secure potential hosts in Europe, United States, Canada and Brazil.

*Candidates must write a proposal that is not more than 3 pages.