In recent years, School of Materials Science and Engineering, having invested more than RMB one hundred million in collaboration with State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die & Mould Technology, set up advanced public scientific research platforms and teaching bases in material analysis and test, material preparation and material forming, purchased a batch of high-end instruments and developed standardized management mechanisms and booking system, greatly improving the scientific strength and hardware condition for talent cultivation. The School has two innovative research teams under the Ministry of Education of China, namely, "New Energy Materials and Components" and "Advanced Forming Technology and Equipment", and four Hubei provincial innovative groups, namely, "Rapid Manufacturing", "Nanometer Materials and Components", "Solid Oxide Fuel Cell" and "Numerical Simulation". The disciplines of the School have further been expanded and crossing and integration of disciplines deepened. Achievements have been accomplished through integrated development of the School and state key laboratories, by strongly supporting crossing and integration of disciplines and making study in "forming problem in material and material problem in forming"; "forum of distinguished scholars" was organized, and renowned scholars in material have been invited regularly from home and abroad to give speeches for more than 160 times, thereby creating a strong academic atmosphere. All this makes the School form its significant features and advantages in such fields as forming process simulation, digital die design and manufacture, precise forming, rapid forming and manufacture, electronic packaging, new energy materials, cermet materials and nanometer and amorphous materials, keeps the School in a leading position nationwide and wins the School a high reputation in academy in the world. In 2012 through 2015, more than 500 academic papers were published, among which, 75 having an impact factor higher than 10 and 39 being highly cited papers. ESI international ranking of the material discipline has risen rapidly from 183rd in March 2012 to 102th in December 2015, a rise of about 0.1%. The Material Discipline of Huazhong University of Science and Technology ranks 49th in the latest ranking published by US News (an international authority) in 2015, the second to be listed in the top 50 disciplines only after the Engineering Discipline of the University. With further internationalization, the influence of the University has been continuously enlarged. By now, many well-known international conferences, 2015 autumn annual meeting of American Society for Materials for example, have been held, more than 100 famous scholars at home and abroad have been invited to visit our school, 11 well-known foreign scholars, including Doctor Li Jima, an academician of Academy of sciences of China, Japan and America), have been brought in as our visiting professor or advisory professor; more than 500 young teachers and postgraduates have been sent abroad to promote academic communication; a long-term stable partnership has been established with renowned academic institutes in America, Britain, France, Germany and Japan on students cultivation, cultural communication, scientific research and subject application. The School also established close university-industry-research cooperation with enterprises, to name just a few, the laboratory established jointly with Wuhan Iron and Steel Group and national engineering center of home appliance mould established jointly with Haier.
Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry was established in April 2015. It is responsible for the education and research activities under the secondary discipline “Material Physics and Chemistry” within the School of Materials Science and Engineering. The department hosts 1 undergraduate major (Functional Materials). "Material Physics and Chemistry" mainly studies the functional properties of different material as affected by chemical composition, microstructure, and physical/chemical processing. It aims to provide innovative ideas and technical roadmaps for the research and development of new materials. All the full-time faculty members in this department have overseas study background. The department now contains 1 “1000 Talents Program for Foreign Experts” recipient, 1 “1000 Talents Program” recipient, 10 “1000 Talents Program for Young Scholars” recipients, and more than 10 other types of young talents. Since its establishment, the department has rapidly accumulated global influence through the research carried out by several academic teams, including the "Advanced Carbon Materials" group, the "Energy Materials and Devices" group, the "Nanomaterials and Devices" group, and the "Solid State Ionics" group. Towards its future development, the department is positioned to be "high starting point, wide direction, and leading edge”. The development goal is to build “a first-class material physics and chemistry subject with global impact, as well as a base for high quality education and research in the science and technology of new materials”.
Department of Materials Science and Technology, formerly known as Institute of Metallic Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering II, was established in the early founding period of HUST. The department hosts 1 national key discipline (Materials Science), 1 undergraduate major (Materials Science and Engineering), 2 master degree programs (Materials Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), 1 doctoral program (Materials Science) and 1 postdoctoral workstation. The department currently has 55 faculty members, including 1 academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 “Cheung Kong” Scholar/NSFC Distinguished Young Scholar, 2 “1000 Talents Program” recipients, 1 “1000 Talents Program for Foreign Experts” recipient, 8 “1000 Talents Program for Young Scholars” recipients, 2 NSFC Excellent Young Scholars, 5 Education Ministry's New Century Excellent Talents. The main research areas of the department include advanced energy materials and devices (lithium-ion batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, thermoelectric materials), nano-functional materials and devices, amorphous materials, carbon materials, advanced ceramic materials, alloy steels and metallic materials. Recently the department has won 1 second-class National Technological Invention award, 1 second-class National Natural Science award, and several provincial and ministerial level awards. The department also receives high academic and social reputations at home and abroad.
Department of Materials Engineering and Computer Applications was established during the early founding period of HUST. Through its long history, it has been a national leader in scientific research and technical education. The department hosts 1 national key second-level academic discipline (Material Processing Engineering), 2 undergraduate majors (Material Processing and Control Engineering, Electronic Packaging Technology), 2 master degree programs (Material Processing Engineering, Digital Material Processing), 1 doctoral program (Material Processing Engineering) and 1 postdoctoral workstation. The department currently has 71 faculty members, including 1 academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 “Cheung Kong” Scholar/NSFC Distinguished Young Scholar, 4 Education Ministry's New Century Excellent Talents and 23 full professors. The department operates four research centers with research topics covering digital materials processing, precision forming, electronic packaging, and rapid prototyping (3D printing). Further enhancing its high reputation in both academia and industry, the department has won numerous awards in recent years, including 1 first-class National Science and Technology Progress Award, 4 second-class National Science and Technology Progress Awards, and 11 first-class prizes on provincial or ministerial level.