CSIR biophotonics team presents nine papers on HIV point-of-care diagnostics at international conference

The CSIR biophotonics research team will be presenting nine papers on laser-based HIV point-of-care diagnostics at the world’s biggest optics and photonics conference.

The Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) West Conference will be taking place from 28 January to 2 February 2017 in San Francisco, California, United States of America. Every year, over 20 000 delegates attend the conference to learn about the latest research, and find the latest devices and systems driving technology markets, including state-of-the art medical technologies.


CSIR researchers in polymers and composites are making strides in the development of bioplastics that will be 100% biodegradable and suitable for recycling. This technology will contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution and could boost local job creation in manufacturing.

CSIR introduces new-generation fingerprint sensing technology

The CSIR has launched a South African first: A new-generation fingerprinting sensing technology, using high-speed, large-volume optical coherence tomography.

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, commonly known as the CSIR, is a world-class African research and development organisation established through an Act of Parliament in 1945. The CSIR undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contributes to the improved quality of life of South Africans.

The CSIR’s shareholder is the South African Parliament, held in proxy by the Minister of Science and Technology.