Ⅰ. About Us

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”.

II. Research Areas

1. Materials Physics

Group members: Chang Haixin; Shan Bin; Xu Ming; Zhai Tianyou; Yang Rui; Zhang Qi; Zhang Wenjun; Zhang Xiaodong; Zhuge Fuwei; Wen Yanwei


The Material Physics research group studies the fundamental physical properties of quantum material systems, such as graphene, topological insulator and iron-based superconductor. It also explores important engineering applications of novel nanomaterials such as carbon nanotube and transition metal oxide nanoparticles, through a combination of experimental studies with theoretical calculation and numerical simulation. Current research activities of the Materials Physics group include:

  • Electronic and spin transport, optical and optoelectronic properties of two-dimensional nanomaterials and quantum materials;
  • First-principle calculations of electronic structure and physical properties of two-dimensional nanomaterials;
  • Novel synthesis method and nanodevices related to quantum materials;
  • Synthesis, characterization, mechanical/tribological properties and engineering applications of advanced carbon structural materials, such as carbon nanotube, graphene, and diamond-like carbon;
  • Material surface modification, such as plasma implantation;
  • Numerical simulation across multiple dimentional scales, from electronic to atomistic, to microscopic, and up to macroscale;
  • Rational design and synthesis of novel materials for photocatalytic applications, such as splitting of water molecules for clean energy and degradation of organic/inorganic pollutants for better environment;
  • Process and equipment for atomic layer deposition (ALD) of nanoparticles for catalytic applications;
  • 3D printing of functionally graded materials (FGM).


2. Materials Chemistry

Group members: Akasaka; Han Jiantao; Hu Xianluo; Li Huiqiao; Li Qing; Jiang Kai; Lu Xing; Ma Ying; Shen Yue; Wang Wei; Yuan Lixia; Xie Yunpeng; Gan Lin


As an emerging interdisciplinary subject, Materials Chemistry is an important subfield of Materials Physics and Chemistry. The research in Materials Chemistry group is geared towards a broad prospect of applications, with topics encompassing the whole subject of Materials Science and Engineering, including inorganic materials, organic materials, and polymeric materials. In particular, it involves the design of novel functional and structural materials on the atomic or molecular level, as well as the study of chemistry-related problems in the processing, manufacturing and application of engieering materials based on fundamental theories and methods. Current research activities of the Materials Chemistry group include:

  • The synthesis, modification and applied basic research of novel carbon materials such as fullerence, carbon nanotube and graphene;
  • Synthesis chemistry and applied basic research of other nanomaterials;
  • Synthesis and chemical/electrochemical processes of the key materials for novel chemical batteries such as lithium ion battery, sodium ion battery, etc;
  • Synthesis chemistry and applied basic research of bio-functional materials.