Prof. Xing Chen
Dean of College of Chemistry
College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering (CCME) of Peking University was originally founded as the Chemistry Division of the Metropolitan University of the Qing Dynasty, which is the oldest chemistry department in national universities of China. CCME now comprises five academic departments and five research institutes, while hosting two state key laboratories, two Ministry of Education (MOE) key laboratories and one national defense key laboratories. In 2003, “Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences” was established by CCME in conjunction with the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and was constructed formally in December 2007.
Currently, CCME has 209 faculty and staff members, including 10 Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 “Cheung Kong” Scholars, an honorary professorship granted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of China, 61 full professors, and 67 associate professors. Among our faculty members, there are three Creative Research Groups (Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry) funded by the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and 38 professors were awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 17 were awarded with the 21st Century Talent Fund by the MOE, in addition to many other awardees of the State Major Research Plan for Basic Research funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and NSFC Major and Key Programs. CCME publishes two academic journals, “Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica” and “University Chemistry.” It has wide connections and extensive exchange programs with international academic and educational organizations.
CCME is also selected by the MOE to be one of the “National Pools for Talents in Basic Scientific Research and Education”. This program offers excellent experimental trainings for undergraduate students and provides more than 4800 m2 of laboratory space to host four major-chemical-branch experimental laboratories, one mid-level instrumental lab, and one advanced experimental chemistry lab. These laboratories are equipped with first-rate instruments and facilities that are valued over ¥200 million RMB in total for providing systematic and high-quality experimental trainings for basic chemical education and research.
In recent years, CCME obtains about ¥130-million-RMB grants per year from external funding agencies, and has won several research and education awards from the State or Ministries. It publishes 500-600 SCI cited papers annually, playing an important role in the big burst of publications from China in the top international scientific journals happening approximately since 2000.
During the past 105 years, CCME has educated and trained over 16,000 chemists. It has been authorized by the MOE to establish the Center for College Chemistry Education & Research. CCME is now gearing up to become a worldwide influential institution for chemical education & research, and endeavoring to make a significant contribution to spurring the development of chemical education and research in China.
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