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Dept. of Mathematics
Dept. of Physics
Dept. of Chemistry
Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
Dept. of Statistics and Data Science
Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Shenzhen Grubbs Institute
SUSTech International Center for Mathematics
- Our Story
Overview of Each Department
Dept. of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics was established in June 2015. It has three fundamental disciplines: Basic Mathematics, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Probability Theory and Statistics (Statistics has been categorized into Department of Statistics and Data Science), covering 11 major research fields - dynamic systems, algebra, combinatorics, algebraic number theory, algebraic geometry, partial differential equations(PDEs), mathematical physics and differential geometry, computational and applied mathematics (applied mathematics, numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics, scientific computing, inverse problems, data science, etc.), probability and financial mathematics. In January 2018, the Department of Mathematics has obtained the grant to offer master’s and doctoral degree in mathematics. The mathematics subject was also selected as a key discipline for the upgrading of Guangdong province's higher education in November 2018.
Department of Mathematics enjoys an outstanding faculty, where many overseas scholars engage with us full-time. Now we have 5 chair professors, 4 professors, 5 associate professors, 10 assistant professors, some of them have tenured positions in leading universities overseas. Our faculty members have been invited to speak at major international conferences such as ICM, obtained honors including National Natural Science Award and Guggenheim Fellowship, they serve at editorial board of international journals and have published on prestigious journals like Annals of Mathematics, Inventiones Mathematicae, JAMS, and Acta. We have one academician, one winner of Distinguished Young Scholar, five awardees of National Distinguished Experts, and four awardees of National Distinguished Expert (Youth Talent Plan). Faculty of the Department have made a number of influential achievements, including a breakthrough to the Painlevé Conjecture.
40 research projects funded with 17.2302 million yuan (25 of which are state-level projects) have been underway. In 2017, 59% of applied NSFP have been approved with one key project, and that number grew to 73% in the following year. In 2019, the department houses one of Guangdong Provincial Major Laboratories.
The Department of Mathematics aims to cultivate innovative, competent and aspirational mathematical talents. Since the start of graduate admission in 2016, we have enrolled 37 graduate student and 46 doctoral students through joint training programs. In 2019, we independently recruits 33 graduates and 9 doctoral students, and will continue to recruit jointly-trained doctoral candidates from overseas universities. Today, the department has established a complete and distinctive graduate training program and curriculum system.
Dept. of Physics
Department of Physics was established at the same time as Southern University of Science and Technology in 2011. It is committed to providing first-class physics education and top-notch physics research. At present, the Department of Physics has been entitled the qualification to confer bachelor's degrees in physics and applied physics, and has been authorized to confer master's and doctoral degree in physics. It also has joint training programs for postgraduate and doctoral candidates with Peking University, Harbin Institute of Technology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore and other prestigious universities. Post-doctoral workstations have been set up with Peking University, University of Science and Technology of China, Fudan University, Wuhan University and other universities.
Department of Physics has a team of 38 research and teaching staff, including six chair professors, six professors, 18 associate professors, eight assistant professors, and more than 20 research professors. It has four academicians from Chinese Academy of Sciences (including co-employed ones with other departments of SUSTech), three winners of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, one awardee of National Distinguished Expert, 15 awardees of National Distinguished Expert (Youth Talent Plan), and five awardees of Shenzhen Scholars. All faculty have experiences in studying and working at Top100 universities and research institutes abroad, and all have doctoral degrees. Department of Physics has level-II disciplines: condensed matter physics, theoretical physics, computational physics, and optics. At the same time, biophysics, astrophysics, and particle physics are being established. Research fields cover all aspects of physics, including quantum transport and regulation, surface physics, computational physics, condensed matter physics theory, quantum information and quantum computing.
In recent years, faculty in Department of Physics have carried out research, published high-level academic papers, and saw their international influence grew. They have undertaken a total of 64 projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China, 12 projects of the Ministry of Science and Technology / Ministry of Education, 19 projects of the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong province, and 55 projects of Shenzhen Municipality. The accumulated funding for research hit 341.9273 million yuan. In addition, the faculty have published more than 800 articles on academic journals such as Nature, Science, Physics Review Letters, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Physics, Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, and Journal of the American Chemical Society, including 418 articles as the first or corresponding author, and 235 top-level journals with PRL and impact factor larger than nine. This reflects the academic competence and research capabilities of the Department. SUSTech, with the mission to pioneer China's reform in higher education, is rapidly developing towards an international, high-level, and research-oriented university. Keeping pace with the university, Department of Physics will harness its own strengths, strive to maintain the momentum of advancement and build the Department with world-class standards in the foreseeable future. (Data collection finished by June 2019)
Dept. of Chemistry
Established in 2011, Department of Chemistry of SUSTech is currently a key discipline in Guangdong province. The discipline has entered the top 1% in ESI global ranking, and chemistry discipline ranks 28th in Nature Index 2018 in China. In 2017, the Department was granted with the qualification of offering postgraduate program. At present, it covers a number of research fields such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry / computational chemistry, analytical chemistry / chemical biology, chemical engineering, polymer chemistry, and so on. In March 2018, Department of Chemistry of SUSTech was granted with level I discipline of master's degree after being reviewed and approved by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council.
Department of Chemistry has 37 teaching and research staff. All of them own research and employment experience in overseas universities or research institutes. Faculty selected for talent programs account for nearly 80%, 51% of them are under the age of 40 and the key team members are with internationally leading academic level. Among them, there are ten chair professors, seven professors, 15 associate professors and five assistant professors, including two academicians from Chinese Academy of Sciences, one foreign academician from Australia, five awardees of National Distinguished Expert, four winners of National Distinguished Expert (Youth Talent Plan), one awardee of National High-Level Personnel of Special Support Program, one winner of National Outstanding Youth Fund, one awardee of National Distinguished Professor (Youth Talent Plan) of the Ministry of Education, 13 winners of National Distinguished Expert (Youth Talent Plan) and one awardee of the Pearl River Scholar.
Department of Chemistry has independently undertaken more than 80 national and local research projects, including over 60 projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, with a total research funding of more than RMB 170 million. In the past three years, the academic staff have published more than 440 important articles in Nature, Science, Nat. Comm., Chem. Soc.Rev., JACS, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and other authoritative journals of chemistry. The average impact factor exceeds 4.0, and some research results have been recommended or highlighted by journals such as Nature and Nature Chem. According to the latest ranking data of ESI in July 2018: The chemistry discipline of SUSTech has entered the top 1% of ESI worldwide. The statistics of the Nature Index 2018 Tables show that the Department of Chemistry of SUSTech ranks 28th among all Chinese universities.
Department of Chemistry implements a three-step strategy: Stage 1--laying a solid foundation in discipline (2015-2020); Stage2-- growing at a fast pace (2020-2025), and Stage 3--fostering global influence (2025-2049). Our goal is to build a world-class department of chemistry!
Department of Biology was established in 2012, and the subject of biology has been rated as a high-level and key discipline for development and an advantageous key discipline in Guangdong province. In 2018, the Department was granted with the qualification of offering doctoral degree and master's degree as the national first-level disciplines. It has built up a complete talent training system for postgraduate and doctoral students in a very short period of time.
Since the establishment of the Department, a world-class high-level teaching and research team has taken shape with senior professors a, associate professors, and young assistant professors. Until now, there are 37 full-time professors and three part-time professors (Professor Wu Chuanyue, Professor Sui Senfang, and Professor Deng Xingwang), including two academicians, two chair professors, five professors, 20 associate professors, 10 assistant professors as well as one research professor, eight research associate professors and 23 research assistant professors. There are three awardees of National Distinguished Experts, three winners of Yangtze River Scholars, one awardee of Distinguished Young Scholar and one winner of National Outstanding Youth Fund, nine National Distinguished Experts (Youth Talent Plan), one Winner of C. C. Tan Life Science Award, one awardee of Expert with the State Council Special Allowance, two winners of "Hundred Talents Program" by Chinese Academy of Sciences, two awardees of Guangdong Province Special Support Program, one awardee of Young Talent of the Pearl River Talent Program of Guangdong Province, one winner of Outstanding Youth of Guangdong Province and 47 high-level talents of Shenzhen. (Data collection finished by October 12th, 2019).
The Department owns well-developed research facilities and equipment. It has top research team and advanced research platforms such as the Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory, “Pearl River Talent Program” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team of Guangdong Province, Cryo-EM Center, Plant and Food Research Institute, Neuroscience Research Institute and Experimental Animal Center. Existing disciplines such as molecular cell biology, neurobiology, plant biology, systems biology, and structural biology focus on the frontiers of life sciences and important human health issues, and encourage interdisciplinary studies.、
Department of Biology offers undergraduate majors such as biological sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics, and currently has 351 students (including master’s and doctoral students as of October 12th, 2019). In the Department, with professors giving lectures, extensive use of up-to-date textbooks in English and research of the courses held in prestigious international research universities, a relatively “simplified” curriculum structure has been formulated based on the situation of China and the University. At the same time, students are encouraged to enter the laboratory for scientific research, which not only consolidates the knowledge they have learned, enhances their hands-on ability, and give them access to the knowledge of international frontier field. More importantly, the students can gain research mindset for problem discovery, analysis and problem solving.
In recent years, faculty of the Department have actively carried out research, published high-level academic papers, and gradually accumulated international influence. Teachers in Department of Biology have undertaken a total of 185 projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology/Ministry of Education, Guangdong Province Natural Science Foundation, and the Shenzhen Municipal projects. In addition, teachers of our department have published more than 299 academic papers in top international journals such as Nature communications, Cell Research, Cell Stem Cell, and Circulation Research, in which 179 articles with SUSTech as the affiliation of the author, showcasing the outstanding academic level and research ability of the research staff of the Department.
Capitalizing on the momentum of world-class teaching and research platform, Department of Biology is committed to cultivating top-notch and innovative talents and making its unique contributions in research outputs, development of discipline, and industrialization of science and technology to serve social development.
Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei CHEN, a renowned seismologist and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was appointed as the founding department head.
ESS encompasses a wide range of research directions, including the physics and dynamics of the Earth's interior, applied geophysics, space physics and planetary science. By the end of October 2019, ESS has thirty-one faculty members, including six professors, four associate professors, eleven assistant professors, and ten research scientists. Among them, there is one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars and one Excellent Young Scientist of National Science Foundation of China.
Through the development of a world-leading program of research and education in ESS, we strive to conduct research to advance our understanding of the complex Earth and space system, and to provide scientific solutions to many societal challenges of our time such as natural hazards, natural energy resources, and space exploration. In the meantime, ESS offers rigorous hands-on training to students and helps them to become future leaders in academia, government and industry. We welcome more talents to join us and work together to build a world-class research and education center for Earth and Space Sciences.
Dept. of Statistics and Data Science
Founded in April 2019, the Department of Statistics and Data Science has five disciplines including mathematical statistics, biomedical statistics, financial statistics, applied statistics and data science, which covers major research domains such as probability statistics, biomedical statistics, computational statistics, financial statistics, social statistics, random matrix theory, application of high-dimensional statistics and so on.
The Department passed the evaluation of undergraduate degree in statistics in December 2018 and granted the diploma in statistics to five postgraduate students under the framework of various joint training programs as well as master and doctoral degree programs of mathematics of SUSTech, establishing a complete postgraduate training program and curriculum system with SUSTech characteristics. At present, there are nine masters’ candidates and seven doctoral candidates. In 2019, the Department provided majors including statistics and application probability, enrolled six postgraduate students and six PhD students, and will enroll domestic and international students for joint training PhD programs. With the development of the Department and the growing number of its faculty, the number of postgraduate students will increase year by year. It will also offer majors in data science and big data technology.
Under the guidance of Professor Shao Qiman, head of Department of Statistics and Data Science, the Department is opening its arms to talents at home and abroad to achieve better development. At present, it has one Chair Professor, two professors, two associate professors and one assistant professor. Among them, Professor Shao Qiman is the winner of Jia-qing Zhong Mathematics Award from the Chinese Mathematical Society of 1990 and the State Natural Science Award of 1997 (the 3rd Prize). He was elected as the Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2001 as well as the invited speaker (45 min) for International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010, and honored the title of National Distinguished Expert in 2012. As the lead author of Stein's Method, Self-normalized Limit Theory and Applications, he won the State Natural Science Award of 2015 (the 2nd Prize). He has acted as the associate editor of the top international statistics magazine The Annals of Statistics and the leading international probability journal The Annals of Applied Probability. Academic staff of the Department of Statistics and Data Science have delivered a number of world-leading and influential research outputs. In the autumn semester of 2019, there are more professors and assistant professors joining the Department.
The Department of Statistics and Data Science strives to establish itself as a first-class team of statistics and data science in China with certain international influence through the efforts of five to ten years. Looking at the forefront of international statistics and data science, the Department will focus on the key issues in natural science, engineering technology, medical and health care and social economy to make original and ground-breaking achievements both in theory and application. In this way, the Department will become a base for training high-level talents in statistics, data science as well as the interdisciplinary studies and application, and serve as a consultancy center that can fuel China’s social and economic development with strong theoretical and methodological support.
Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
The theoretical limit of the ability of quantum computing technology to store and process information is proportional to the number of bits 2^n. Therefore, it has super-parallel computing capabilities where traditional computers do not have. It has a huge application prospect in intelligent processing, cloud computing, biological structure analysis and material genetic design, especially in the fields of national defense and military, of complex large-scale data. Thus, it is an important development direction of High Performance Computing (HPC) technology and attracted great attention from developed countries: United Kingdom published a blueprint for the development of quantum technology as early as in 2014; Europe has launched a billion-euro flagship program for quantum computing; the US State Department has also published a national development strategy for quantum information and quantum computing; China has listed quantum information as a national priority development strategy, and quantum communication Quantum computing is listed in the top three of the 100 major technology and engineering projects in the "13th Five-Year Plan".
Responding to the country's "innovation-driven" national strategy, Shenzhen began to implement a "new round of innovation and development strategic layout and accelerate the development of international science and technology and industrial innovation centers." Meanwhile, it launched "Top Ten Action Plans" for science and technology innovation in early 2017. The action plan revolves around the priority development strategic positioning of the country's "quantum technology", and lists quantum science as one of the ten directions for key development. As one of the first three “Top Ten Basic Research Institutions” to be built, the groundbreaking ceremony of Shenzhen Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering (hereinafter referred to as “Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering”) kicked off in January 2018.
Shenzhen Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering is established and operated by SUSTech. It will explore cutting-edge fundamental scientific issues in the field of quantum information and serve the major needs of Shenzhen in technology and industrialization in the fields of quantum communication, high-performance computing technology and precision measurement and quantum materials. The Institute strives to address a large number of key scientific and engineering problems in the field of quantum information, train a group of elites in science with international influence, and build a basic research institution with significant international influences.
The overall goals of Shenzhen Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering are:
Dare to aim high and take courageous roles: Lay out the Chinese version of the "Science and Technology Revitalization Plan" according to the national policy of quantum information national priority development strategy, and achieve a number of "Nobel Prize-level" major scientific achievements in the research of future functional materials to lead the future scientific discoveries, disruptive technological breakthroughs and industrial development;
Build a secure national shield and connection of China and the outside world: As an economic, financial and innovation center in South China, one of the four major network centers in China in the future, and an important hub city in the Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration, Shenzhen needs to participate in the "Beijing-Shanghai-Shenzhen" North-South main line, establish the Greater Bay Area Local Area Network, and form a quantum network that radiates Southeast Asia;
Manufacture a powerful quantum computer and provide a powerful impetus for the 4th Industrial Revolution: carry out quantum simulation and artificial intelligence; provide "quantum cloud computing" platform services; develop a dedicated quantum computer that is powerful and can perform specific tasks.
Shenzhen Grubbs Institute
As an international research institution founded in December, 2017 and supported by Shenzhen government, Shenzhen Grubbs Institute will attract top Chinese and foreign scientists and their research teams to participate in cooperation. The institute aim to develop into a fundamental research center with Chinese characteristics and profound global impact. By building the Homogeneous Catalysis platform in Organic Synthesis and Polymer Synthesis and Characterization, the institute will focus on innovation and scientific research, and strive for industrial achievements to promote the upgrading and transformation of Shenzhen-related industries.
Shenzhen Grubbs Institute is the first research institute named after a Nobel laureate in Chemistry in China and one of the first batch of Nobel Prize Laboratories in "Shenzhen TOP 10 Action Plans". Relying on SUSTech, the Institute mainly focuses on the field of Homogeneous Catalysis in Organic Synthesis and Polymer Synthesis and Characterization. Under the leadership of Professor Grubbs, based on high-end talents at SUSTech, the Institute will bring in more scientists from all over the world to build a world-class homogeneous catalysis platform. The institute will solve top challenges of frontier areas including green catalytic synthesis of drugs and catalytic production of special materials, and strive for industrial achievements. The objective is to build the institute into the most important base of new medicine and new materials in China and a top international research institute in the world.
The Institute will cooperate closely with departments of SUSTech, as well as top universities and research institutes at home and abroad by gathering top-level talents and building top-level research platforms, to ensure the leading position in the field of homogeneous catalysis. The research results of the institute will promote industrialization through patent applications, technology transfer, cooperation with large enterprises, starting up business by team members, etc., to contribute to the optimization and development of related industries in Shenzhen.
SUSTech International Center for Mathematics
SUSTech International Center for Mathematics is a Shenzhen Nobel Prize research laboratory funded by Shenzhen Municipal Government and led by SUSTech. It aims to enhance and lead the scientific research on fundamental mathematics, applied mathematics, and computational mathematics in Shenzhen, the Greater Bay Area and Southern China. The Center will focus on the research areas of pure mathematics and applied mathematics as its development direction, and is committed to promoting the cross-cutting research and application development of fundamental theories of Chinese mathematics and relationship between mathematics and life, information, engineering, finance and other fields, solving major scientific problems and serving the major needs of local cities and the country.
The Mathematics Center operates with international standards and rules in accordance with international requirements so as to create first-class academic conditions and environments. Through thematic academic years and activities of the research innovation team, the Center will be built into a world-class international mathematical research and exchange platform for introducing and training first-class talents so as build an international leading research team, and improves the level of mathematical research and education.
On February 22nd, 2019, the unveiling ceremony of SUSTech International Center for Mathematics was held in the Administrative Building of SUSTech.