Introduction to the School

The School of Materials Science and Engineering in the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was established in October of 1996, based on the consolidation of original three departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Metal Processing, Surface Science and Corrosion Engineering as well as the Research Group of Foundry Technology in the Metallurgy Department of the University. In December of 1998, Department of Materials Physics and the Group of Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials in the Department of Physical Chemistry, both of which originally belonged to the School of Application Science , jointed. Then the School had six departments and one institute, i.e. Department of Materials Physics, Department of Metallic Materials, Department of Functional Materials and Surface Technology, Department of Powder Materials, Department of Surface Science and Corrosion Engineering; Department of Metal Processing and Institute of Foundry. In March of 2001, reconstruction was carried out in the School along with the adjustment of specialties of higher education in China. At present, the School includes four departments, two institutes and two centers, namely, Department of Materials Science, Department of Materials Processing and Control Engineering, Department of Material Physics and Chemistry, Department of Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials, Institute of Powder Metallurgy, Institute of Functional Materials, Corrosion and Protection Center as well as Center of Experiments and Testing.

In addition to the above education and academic institutions, the School also possesses National Testing Laboratory of Solid Electrolyte and Sensing Technology, Key Laboratory of Environment Induced Fracture of the State Education Ministry, Research Center of Metal Electronic Information Materials Engineering of the State Education Ministry, Beijing Key Laboratory of Advanced Powder Metallurgy Materials and Technology, Beijing Key Laboratory of Corrosion, Erosion and Surface Technology, Beijing Corrosion and Protection Center, Laboratory of Environmental Materials, Laboratory of Advanced Technology Metals and Materials Simulation. Furthermore, there are two national academic institutions in the University, National Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials and National Engineering Center of High - Efficiency Rolling, both of them are giving strong support to the development of the discipline of Materials Science and Engineering.

At present, the School has 2022 students, including 201 doctoral students, 584 master students, and 1237 undergraduate students. There are 3 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 68 Professors ( in which 45 are doctoral student supervisors), and 50 associate professors. 4 professors are engaged through the “Yangtze River Scholar Awarding Plan” of the State Education Ministry. In the staff, there are 4 awardees by “Cross - Century Talents Foundation”, 3 awardees by “National Outstanding Youth Foundation”, 3 elected members of the Project of “Millions of talents” of the Notional Personnel Ministry, 15 young excellent teachers approved by the State Education Ministry and 3 elected members of the plan of “New Star of Beijing Science and Technology”. The School has also engaged 30 pluralistic professors ( including 2 Academicians ) from outside. . In the School 3 specialties are the National Key Disciplines, which are Materials Science, Materials Processing Engineering and Materials Physics and Chemistry. Each national key discipline offers education programs for doctoral degree and master degree and is post – doctoral research station. 4 specialties including Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Processing and Control Engineering, Inorganic Nonmetallic Mineral Engineering and Materials Physics provide education program for bachelor degree.

The School has taken on over 110 various national scientific research projects during the period of “the Ninth Five - Year Plan”. Among them 86 projects are from the National Natural Science Foundation, 22 from the National “863” Fundamental Research Projects. 20 projects have been awarded prizes by the State and over 60 projects awarded prizes of science and technology progress by local provinces or various ministries of the State. 28 of 30 submitted invention patents have been granted. From 1996, 2374 academic papers have been published, in which 40% have been included in “SCI”, “EI” and “ISTP”.

Organization Structure

Assignment of Disciplines
National Key Disciplines

Materials Science
Materials Processing Engineering
Materials Physics and Chemistry

Post - Doctorial Research Station

Principal Disciplines
Specialties

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science
Materials Processing
Materials Physics and Chemistry

Disciplines


Principal Discipline
Second Class Discipline Doctor Master
Specialties for Undergraduates
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science
Materials Science and Engineering Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials

Materials Processing
Materials Forming and Control Engineering
Materials Physics and Chemistry Materials Physics
 

Introduction to the Disciplines

Materials Science

Materials Science is an applied fundamental discipline, focusing on the interrelations between the chemical composition, structures, processing, properties and characteristics of materials. Its main task is to provide scientific basis for materials designing, manufacturing, processing optimization and the corresponding practices. The discipline of Materials Science in USTB has been developed based on the earliest established research group of Metal Phase Technology in China (1952), which is one of the National Key Disciplines, one of the National “211 project” key developing disciplines, national scientific research model unit. It has been entitled to offer working station for post - doctoral students and has positions for special accommodated professors from overseas engaged by the “Yangzi River Awarding Plan” approved by The State Education Ministry. The discipline has also been entitled to offer the degrees of Engineering Doctor, Master and Bachelor as well. It now becomes one of the main bases for cultivating superior talents and scientific research in Materials Science of the nation. The distinguished representatives are Academician of Prof. Chen Guo-liang, Prof. Wang Chong-yu and Prof. Zhou Bang-xin. The discipline is involving following units, such as: Department of Materials Science, Department of Inorganic nonmetallic Materials, National Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, Beijing Key Laboratory of Corrosion - Erosion and Surface Technology, Institute of Functional Materials and Beijing Key Laboratory of Advanced Powder Metallurgy Materials and Technology.

Currently, in this discipline, there are 1 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 1 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 32 professors, 34 associate professors, and l7 lecturers. Among them are 16 ph Dstudent supervisors, 2 special accommodated professors engaged by the “Yangzi River Awarding Plan”, 2 elected members of the National “Millions of human source Project”, 1 awardee by the “National Outstanding Youth Foundation”, 2 elected members of the “cross century talents plan” approved by the State Education Ministry and 1 awardee by “Teaching and Awarding Foundation for National Universities’ excellent young teacher”. Besides the National Key Laboratories for Advanced Metals and Materials, the discipline has more than ten research branches, including Materials Optimization and Design ( including High Temperature Alloy ), the Principle of Materials Anisotropies and Application, the Applied Basis for Advanced Structured Materials, Magnetic Materials and its Application, Preparation of Composed Materials and Composition materials, Advanced Powder Shaping Technology and Nano Structured Materials, High Technology Functional Thin Film Materials, Magnetic Functional Materials, High Temperature Corrosion and Surface Engineering, Corrosion Control Systematic Engineering, Electrical Chemistry Engineering and Materials, Inorganic Nonmetallic Functional Materials, Inorganic High Temperature Structured Materials, Advanced Ceramic and Functional Gradient Materials, Biologic and Medical Materials and Micro-Electronic Materials. In 2001, during the first period of review and evaluation for “211” project in the “Ninth Five-year Plan”, the discipline of Materials Science in USTB received a unanimous high evaluation by the expert team. It was pointed out that the discipline “having been kept the national key discipline level, being top level at home, close or up to the international advanced level and the development of the discipline is satisfied.”. Meanwhile, the discipline has entitled again as one of the national key disciplines based on the dominant votes.

The Academic committee for the Materials Science consists of 7 members, they are: Liu Guo-quan ( Chairman ), Sun Zu-qing, Lu Fan-xiu, Qu Xuan-hui, He Ye-dong, Sun Jia-lin, Li Chang-rong ( Secretary ). The committee is responsible for making the plan of construction, developing the discipline, arranging and coordinating the teaching activities.

Materials Processing Engineering

Materials Processing Engineering is an applied fundamental discipline, which focuses on the interrelations among materials preparation, forming processing technology, control approach for forming processing and materials structure and characteristics. Its main task is to provide scientific basis for materials preparation, processing production, forming processing optimization and processing technology, equipment and the control methods for advanced materials.

The Materials Processing Engineering discipline of USTB was formed based on the united of three units, including Department of Metal Forming ( established in 1952 ), specialty of Foundry Technology and specialty of Advanced Materials Welding Technology. Materials Processing Engineering is the National Key Discipline and the Key Developing Discipline of the National “211” project. It has been entitled to offer research stations for post - doctoral studies and has positions for special accommodated professors engaged by the “Yangzi River Plan” approved by the State Education Ministry, and to offer the degrees of Engineering Doctor, Master, and Bachelor as well. From 1952 and the late of 50s, USTB began to recruit undergraduate students and post - graduate students of the specialty of Plastic Working for Metals, respectively. It was one of the first universities in China to offer the degrees of Master and Doctor in the specialty of Plastic Working for Metals in 1981. In the restructuring of the disciplines and specialties led by the State Education Ministry from 1998, the master and doctorate programs have been offered for the specialty of Material Processing Engineering from 2000 and undergraduate students of the specialty of Materials Forming and Control Engineering began to be recruited. In the past decades, the discipline has cultivated over 6000 undergraduate students, 600 masters and 100 doctors, completed more than 230 projects including national key research projects, promotion of science and technology, international collaboration and domestic enterprises cooperation. 50 research results were awarded with various prizes of the national level, the provincial level or the ministerial level. The academic reputation and achievement of the discipline are in the top rank in China and of great influence abroad. In the domestic discipline area of materials processing engineering, in the national research and production area, especially in the area of metallurgy, the discipline of Material Processing Engineering has played an important role in scientific technology progress and creation of social economical benefits. Meanwhile, an integrated, well - equipped scientific mechanism has been formed, which includes “One department ( Department of Materials Processing and Control Engineering ), two institutes ( Institute of Metal Forming and Institute of Foundry Technology ), National Engineering Center of High - Efficiency Rolling - Research and Center of Metal Electronic Information Materials Engineering approved by the State Education Ministry.

Currently, the discipline has 14 professors, 12 associate professors, 15 lecturers. Among them are 9 doctorial student supervisors, 1 special accommodated professor engaged bythe “Yangzi River Awarding Plan”, 1 elected member of the National “Millions of Outstanding Talents Project”, 1 awardee by “National Outstanding Youth Foundation”. In addition to the National Engineering Center of High - Efficiency Rolling, the discipline possesses 6 academic research directions, including: Advanced Materials Preparation and Processing, Materials Forming Processing Control and Simulation, Materials Processing Theory and Structure, Plastic Working New Processing and New Technology, Metal Solidification and Control and Advanced Materials Advanced Welding Technology.

At present, the Department of Materials Processing and Control Engineering and the Discipline Committee of Materials Processing Engineering are responsible for the organization and coordination of the teaching activities, scientific research and education as well as plan - making for the discipline development. Now, the leadership board consists of 4 members, Kang Yong-lin (dean), Ren Xue-ping (leader of the party branch), Liu Ya-zheng (vice dean), Mao Wei-min (vice dean). The discipline committee of Materials Processing Engineering is composed of 9 members, including Han Jing-tao (chairman), Xie Jian-xin, kang Yong-lin, Liu Ya-zheng, Wu Chun-jing, Wang Xian-jin, Huang Ji-hua, Mao Wei-min and Tang Di.

Materials Physics and Chemistry

Materials Physics and Chemistry is an applied fundamental Discipline, which focuses on the research for various materials, especially the advanced materials, exploring the basic rules of interrelationship between the properties and micro - structures, offering the scientific basis for the development of high - tech and advanced materials. It is an integrated discipline of subjects of science and engineering, aiming to cultivate the research talents with sound fundamental theories of Materials Science and capability of implementation of modern research methods. This discipline is developed based on the specialty of “Metal physics” which was established earliest in the material research area at home. It was one of the first groups in China to be entitled to grant the degrees for Master and Doctor degrees domestically, one of the first groups to be appointed as National Key Discipline, Key Developing Discipline in “211 project”. It possesses Laboratory of Environmental Fracture of the State Education Ministry and is the research station for post - doctorial students. It has the honor to have positions for special engaged professors from overseas based the “Yangzi River Awarding Plan”. Since the establishment of this discipline, it has become the main base for cultivating the high level academic talents in the national Materials Science area. Academician Ye Heng-qiang is the distinguished representative of many excellent graduated students.

At present, the discipline has a strong professional team with high academic level, including 2 Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 17 professors, among them are 13 doctorial student supervisors, 2 experts with the title of the national distinguished contribution scholar, 1 special engaged professor by the “Yangzi River Scholar Plan”, 1 awardee by “Outstanding Youth Foundation”, 2 members of “Talents of Cross Century” approved by the State Education Ministry and 2 elected members by “Cultivation Plan of New Star of Beijing Science and Technology”.

The discipline is ranking on the advanced academic level with fruitful research results and enjoying high reputation in the area of Material science domestically and internationally, especially in the follow academic fields: Materials Fracture and the Principle of Environment Induced Fracture; Physical and Chemical Behaviors of Materials Surface and Boundary; Physical Metallurgy Basis of Materials Obdurability. Great attention has been payed to the fundamental research and application of New Functional and Energy Source Materials, such as Materials of Great Magnetic Resistance and High Temperature Superconductors.

Currently, the discipline is carrying out 3 national important fundamental research projects (973 project, responsible for 4 sub - projects), 4 important projects of National Natural Science Foundation, more than 10 comprehensive projects of National Natural Science Foundation and a great deal of projects of ministerial and enterprises cooperation. The materials under research are as bellow: High Temperature Superconductors, Great Magnetic Resistance, Thin Film, Nano Materials, Catalysts, Luminous Materials and New Generation Structured Materials. With the fine academic atmosphere and cherished tradition of “academe, rigorously disciplined”, many high qualified academic papers have been published during the past 5 years. Among them, 191 papers have been included by “SCI”; 98 papers included by “EI”. More than 10 research results have been awarded with the prizes at national and provincial/ministerial levels.

The discipline of Materials Physics and Chemistry possesses a set of precise equipment and instruments of international advanced level, such as Atomic Force Microscope, Electron-Chemistry Tunnel Scanning Microscope, Nano Indenter, Transmission Electronic Microscope, High Resolution Electronic Microscope, Field Ion Microscope - Atom Probe, X - ray Photo - Electron Spectrum, X - ray Radiation Diffractometer, Mossbaur Spectrum and Magnetron Sputtering System.

Introduction of Undergraduate Specialties

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials, Information and Energy all together consist of the three pillars of the modern civilization society, being the substantial basis and leading force for the development of society and technology progress. The specialty of Materials Science and Engineering is a multi - discipline integrated applied subjec based on the Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanism, and Computer Applied Technique. The specialty aims at cultivating high level talents who have sound and broad basis knowledge, mastering materials design and the basic rules of relationship between materials ingredient, structures, preparation, processing and properties, being familiar with the materials preparation and the development, application and control of processing technology, being capable of carrying out research and development of new materials and new technique, materials design, production and management, as well as teaching. The correlative fields for employment of graduates are: industries of metallurgy, machinery, Power, Electronics, Architectures, Military Engineering, Aviation, as well as enterprises of advanced materials production, research institutes and Universities.

The major courses in the specialty include: Physical Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering Introduction, Materials Mechanics, Materials Physics and Chemical Properties, Materials Analysis and Measurement Methodology, Materials Science, Functional Materials, Principle of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy Materials, Advanced Preparation and Processing Technology, Computer Aided Application in Materials Science and Engineering.

The Specialty of Materials Forming and Processing Engineering

The specialty of Materials Forming and Processing Engineering is an integrated and multi – discipline of Materials Science, Forming Processing and Automatic Control Technology. The main purposes are to research Fundamental Theories and Technology of Various Materials Processing, Computer Modeling and Simulation for Materials Preparation and Forming, Mould CAD/CAM, Automatic and Intelligent Control for Materials Forming Processing, New Materials Preparation and Processing Technology, Advanced Materials Forming Processing Technology and Equipment.

The specialty aims at cultivating engineering talents with the sound basic knowledge and the capability of application for Materials Forming Processing, obtaining training on modern engineering, be able take up Materials Preparation, Design and Development for Processing Technology and Equipment, Scientific Research, Production Management, Selling and Promotion. Main courses in the specialty are: Introduction of Materials Science and Engineering, Basic theories of Materials Forming, Materials Forming Processing and Equipment, Automatic Control Basis for Materials Forming and Production Processing, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM), Modern Measurement, Testing and Control Technology and Enterprises Management and Economic Analysis.

The Specialty of Materials Physics

The specialty of Material Physics is the combination of the subjects of Science and Engineering, aiming at cultivating students to master the fundamental theories of Materials Science and modern research methods, the basic rules between materials properties and micro - structure; to be capable of doing various works on materials design, research, manufacturing, application, improvement of properties, development of new materials and new technology.

Main courses in this specialty include: Alloy Thermodynamics, Materials Science, Theoretical Physics, Solid Physics, Metal Physics, X - ray Crystallology, Electronic Microscopy, Scientific Research Methodology for Modern Materials and Computer Application.

The leading research directions are: Environment Induced Fracture, Surface and Boundary of Materials, Defects and Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Nuclear Analysis Methods and High Temperature Superconductors, Phase Structure and Electronic Microscopy, Energy Materials and Environmental Materials.

The graduates from this specialty possess sound basis of mathematics and physics, be familiar with the related basic theories and experimental methods for materials research and development, mastering necessary electronics techniques and be capable of doing materials design with computer aids. They can work in various fields, such as Mechanism, Metallurgy, Electronics, Chemistry Engineering, Ministry Engineering, Aviation, Instruments, or carry out professional works for materials production, research and development or teach and do research at Institutes or universities.

Specialty of Inorganic nonmetallic Materials

The field of Inorganic materials is the one of the three major fields in the materials research area. With the rapid development of high technology, the research and the development of inorganic materials have been paid more and more attention at home and abroad. The specialty focuses on cultivating high - level engineering talents who are capable of carrying out the works for Research, Design and Development of Structured Ceramics, Special Refractories, Inorganic Functional Materials and Energy Materials.

Besides high skills in the mathematics, physics and chemistry, students have been offered fine training in computer and research approach of Inorganic materials. The required courses include: Silicate Physical Chemistry, Solid Materials Structure Introduction, Thermodynamics Introduction and Kiln Design. Other related or elective programs such as Structured Ceramics, Refractories have been provided to students for broadening the extension of their knowledge. Main research directions are: Structured Ceramics ( including High Temperature Structured Ceramics, Gradient Functional Materials ) and Computer Aided Design for Special Refractories, Preparation Processing, Structures, Properties and Obdurability of Advanced Materials, Combustion Compound Theories and Processing Technology, Solid Electrolyte Sensor, High Energy Fuel Batteries, Inorganic Smart Materials, New Processing Research for Superfine Powders and Nano Materials.

The graduates from this specialty have been required by the scientific research institutes, universities and enterprises, who can carry out works of research, teaching, computer software development and management in the Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials research area.

Faculty Stuff

Directions of research

Department of Materials Science

Materials Optimization and Design
Magnetic Materials and Application
Application Basis for Advanced Structure Materials
Advanced Materials Basis and Materials Anisotropism.

Department of Materials Processing and Control Engineering

Advanced Materials Preparation and Processing
Materials Forming Processing Control and Simulation
New Processing and New Technology for Plastic Working
Materials Processing Theories and Structure Control
Metal Solidification and Control
Advanced Materials Welding Technology

Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry

Environment Induced Cracking
Crystal Defects and New Generation Structure Materials
Materials Micro - Structure and Electronic StructureMaterials Surface and Crystal Boundary
Nano Structured Materials and Technology

Department of Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials

Advanced Ceramic Materials and Technology
Inorganic Nonmetallic Functional Materials
Inorganic Nonmetallic Structure Materials

Institute of Powder Metallurgy

Materials Compound Preparation and Composite Materials
Advanced Powder Shaping Technology and Nano Materials

Institute of Functional Materials

High Technique Functional Thin Film Materials
Magnetic Functional Materials
Micro - Electronic Sealing Materials and Processing
Materials for Biological Medical Materials

Corrosion and Protection Center

High Temperature Corrosion and Surface Engineering
Systematic Engineering for Corrosion Control
Electrochemistry Engineering and Materials

Center of Experiment and Testing

Materials Micro - Structure, Phase Transformation and Electronic Micrology