Introduction of School of Materials Science and Technology

School of Materials Science and Technology has gradually developed  experimental petrology, applied mineralogy, mineral crystal structure, crystal chemistry and other disciplines related to the university’s core academic fields of geology, resources, the environment, and geological engineering since 1952. The school has gradually merged and integrated disciplines such as Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Technology, and Environmental Science and Engineering, pursuing innovation and development. The school evolved from the Department of Materials Science, which was founded in 1993. In 1999, the School of Materials Science and Engineering was established following institutional reorganization. Through years of development and continuous pioneering, the school has nurtured an educational philosophy to support and guide the effective utilization of resources and the development of new materials (including mineral materials, non-metal inorganic materials, polymer-based composites, nano-functional materials, etc.). The goal is to meet the nation’s strategic needs for comprehensive utilization of resources, energy conservation and emissions reduction, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly industries for a circular economy. In doing so, the school has attained a prominent position, both within China and internationally, in the fields of non-metallic minerals, materials utilization of solid waste resources, etc. In 2015,  the disciplines of materials science and chemistry of the school was listed in the top 1% of the ESI, making a crucial contribution to CUGB’s overall achievement, with five of the university’s disciplines listed in the top 1% of the ESI, confirming the institution’s success in building a world-class university in the field of geosciences.

The school has a postdoctoral research station, three doctoral stations, four master’s stations, and two Master of Engineering stations. It offers three undergraduate majors, including one national key discipline, one provincial and ministerial key discipline, and one national characteristic specialty. Since its establishment, the school has nurtured a large number of PhD, master and undergraduate graduates, who are playing an important role in commercial enterprises, scientific research institutions, universities and colleges, management organizations, and in other sectors of the industries of new materials, chemical engineering, environmental protection, energy, building materials, metallurgy, territorial resources, etc.

The school has 55 faculty members. Every member of the teaching body has a doctoral degree, and more than two-thirds have overseas study experience, and 88% of them hold senior professional posts. Among the staff, the school have a winner of the Excellent Young Scientists Fund Project, a recipient of the Young Yangtze River Talent Project, a winner of the "Cross-Century Talent Fund", and four winners of "New Century Talent" of the Ministry of Education. We also have a recipient of the 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertations of China, a recipient of the Award Nomination of 100 excellent papers, two recipients of the "Golden Hammer Award" and a recipient of the "Silver Hammer Award" for young geologists, a recipient of the "Huang Jiqing Young Geological Science and Technology Award", a recipient of the Hou Defeng Young Geologist Award, a recipient of the "Huo Yingdong Young Teacher Teaching Award", a recipient of the title of " Excellent Teacher of Beijing" and a winner of the title of "Beijing Advanced Individual in Teaching Ethics". In addition, the school has two outstanding teachers in Beijing, and three who won the title of "Science and Technology Stars" in Beijing, with a municipal excellent teaching team and a school-level scientific and technological innovation team.

The school are moving towards reform and innovation. All faculty members are making great efforts for further achievements, laying a solid foundation for the continuing development of the school. Since its establishment, the school has celebrated a number of representative teaching and scientific achievements. In recent years, the school has won a second award of National Excellent Teaching Achievement and two first and second awards of Beijing Excellent Teaching Achievement. Four of textbooks edited by the school have been selected as Beijing Excellent Textbooks, one course has been selected as a Beijing Excellent Course, and more than 30 monographs and textbooks have been published. The school has achieved outstanding results in teaching and for many years has consistently ranked among the advanced units of teaching management in CUGB. In terms of scientific research, more than 100 national, provincial, and enterprise-commissioned scientific research projects have been completed, and more than 110 research projects are currently in progress. Many achievements have received provincial and ministerial awards. More than 500 SCI papers have been published and more than 60 patents for inventions have been authorized.

In recent years, discipline construction and school development have been combined. The layout of laboratories has been reviewed, planned, and revised and several new teaching and research platforms established, including several advanced materials laboratories, materials processing laboratories, laboratories for materials physical properties characterization, materials chemistry laboratories, and materials design and analog computation laboratories. Materials science, materials chemistry, and other professional laboratories have been optimized and integrated. Our Experimental Center of Materials Science and Engineering has been established and is rated as a university-level experimental teaching center. The school has led the establishment of the "National Professional Laboratory for Development and Application of Mineral Rock Materials", the "Beijing Key Laboratory for Materials Utilization of Non-metallic Minerals and Solid Waste Resources", and the "National Circular Economy Engineering Laboratory". It has also been jointly involved in the establishment of the " Beijing Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Environment Engineering", the Beijing "Research and Development Base for Technology Innovation in Solid Waste Disposal", the Beijing "Demonstration Center for Experimental Teaching of Jewelry and Mineral Materials" and other scientific research and teaching platforms.

Looking forward to the future, we shoulder great responsibilities and keep forging ahead for new heights. We will continue to honor and pursue CUGB's philosophy of "features and high quality ", with our main development focus being on mineral materials, ceramics and refractory materials, polymer composites, nano-functional materials, comprehensive utilization of resources, etc. We will develop and grow materials disciplines with geological characteristics, build a distinctive brand specialty in materials science, explore new mechanisms for distinctive departmental management, and train distinctive, innovative talents in materials science. In the future, the school will play an even greater role in the fields of materials science, comprehensive application of resources, energy conservation and environmental protection for a circular economy in China.