Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology

Introduction
Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology is an interdisciplinary platform for high quality research and innovation, which was approved by the University of Science and Technology Beijing in June 2006 and opened in December 2008. The institute has 114 full time staff, including 64 faculties (29 professors and 23 associate professors). There are also 46 technicians and 4 administration staff.

Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology consists with seven research units (centers).They are Advanced Processing Technology Research Institute, Powder Metallurgy Research Institute, Corrosion Control and Systems Engineering Institute, Materials Failure and Control Institute, Surface Science and Technology Research Institute,Functional Materials Research Institute and Experimental and Testing Center. To support these research centers, there are 2 international research units, 2 national science and technology infrastructure centers, 1 national experimental teaching demonstration center and 9 provincial and ministerial key research and engineering laboratories.

The institute is aiming to conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of advanced materials and functional materials to meet economy development and the needs of the modernization of national defense. The goal of the institute is to construct a new research and development system which follows the direction of basic research—applied basic research—the exploitation of advanced materials—he industrialization of advanced materials. We will establish a technology platform to gain high international reputation. The platform is composed of the design of advanced materials, manufacturing and processing of advanced materials, materials testing and analysis, corrosion protection, technology integration and translation. This platform opens to domestic and international collaborations. We plan to have research groups with great influence and reputation in the areas of advanced materials globally.

In addition, the institute also takes on teaching and supervising courses and innovation activities for undergraduates in the area of material science and engineering. It acts as an important base for postgraduates and post-doctorial fellows.
Vision
The institute focuses on advanced materials and aims to build an innovative system of basic research—applied basic research—exploitation—industrialization. We want to establish world leading research groups in the area of advanced materials with high reputation.
Research Areas
Photoelectric-Magnetic Functional Materials and Devices;
Nanomaterials and Devices;
Advanced Manufacturing and Processing Technology;
Powder Metallurgy and technology;
Materials Failure Mechanisms and Protection;
Data Integration and Sharing Technology for Advanced Materials.






Advanced Processing Technology Research Institute

The laboratory consists of 7 academic staff, including 2 professors, 2 associate professors and 3 assistant professors. In recent years, the group has undertaken and completed more than 40 research projects. These projects are from the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program) , National Key Science and Technology Planning Projects, National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar Program, Natural Science Foundation of China (General Program and Key Progmajor projects of international cooperation, province-level and ministry-level key science and technology projects and cooperation projects with industry partners.
The laboratory conducts research on light weight and high strength structural materials, high strength and high conductivity copper alloys, difficult-to-forming materials, and advanced composites . The objective of the research is to learn the relationship between the composition, the microstructure and the properties of materials. In addition, the aim of the research is to study of the integrated design methods for the microstructure, the properties and the processing, and the precision control methods during all the processing. It is set to achieve the compact process, near net shape, high efficiency, energy saving, low cost of advanced processing technologies, and key facilities.
So far, the laboratory has published more than 300 scientific papers, among which nearly 200 are indexed by SCI, EI and ISTP. There are 7 original research books, 1 translated book and 1 textbook. The laboratory has applied for 61 patents, in which 42 patents have been granted. The laboratory has received 2 international awards, 2 national science and technology awards (second place), 1 province and ministry level technological invention award (first place), 3 province and ministry level science and technology awards (first place) and 2 second place, 1 national science award (third place). There are 4 technologies being used and commercialized by 6 companies, which are compact and high efficiency processing of special high performance metallic wires and precision metallic tubes, direct cladding forming technology for copper clad aluminum composites and so on. The group has contributed to the success of launch of “Chang e II” and “Beidou Satellite”.
Key research areas:
  1. Controlled solidification and controlled forming
  2. Processing for advanced composites
  3. Advanced technology for compact processing
  4. Intelligent processing of materials
  5. Theory and technology for metal extrusion
  6. Development and application of nano-composites





Powder Metallurgy Research Institute

The laboratory consists of 19 academic staff, including 8 professors, 8 associate professors and 3 assistant professors. The laboratory focuses on the basic and applied research of the powder injection molding technology, micro injection technology, high speed molding press technology and infiltration technology. These advanced technologies are the integration of modern science and technology with powder metallurgy. They are interdisciplinary subjects of materials science, metallurgy, physics, chemistry, computing, electric and other related subjects. These research are all the hot topics in powder metallurgy all over the world. The group has conducted more than 60 national and province level projects and there have been more than 50 projects from industry. The laboratory has achieved 1 national award, 5 province-level awards, 10 appraisal achievements. There are 50 patents being approved and more than 400 scientific papers being published in national and international journals. There are 8 specialized books and textbooks also being published. The laboratory supports the Beijing Key Laboratory of Advanced Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials and the Engineering Research Center for IT materials, Ministry of Education.
Key research areas:
  1. Powder injection molding technology
  2. High speed molding press technology
  3. High performance electronics packaging materials
  4. Computational and artificial intelligent injection molding processes
  5. Gel injection casting technology
  6. Self-propagating high temperature synthesis technology
  7. Preparation and manufacturing of nano and ultrafine powder
  8. Ultrafine crystal hard alloys
  9. Advanced composites
  10. Preparation and composition of special powders





Corrosion Control and Systems Engineering Institute

The laboratory consists of 11 academic staff, including 4 professors, 1 research fellow, 4 associate professors, 2 assistant professors and 1 engineer. In recent years, they undertook and completed more than 40 research projects from various national science and technology programs and province-level research programs, including National Science and Technology Infrastructure Program, National Science and Technology Major Projects, National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program), National High-tech R&D Program of China (863 Program), National Key Technology R&D Program and National Natural Science Foundation of China – Key program.

Additionally, there are also more 100 industrial projects completed, which are referred to the field of aeronautics and astronautics, petrochemical engineering, iron and steel, nuclear power and railway. The laboratory has been awarded 2 National Science & Technology Progress Award (Grade 2),, 10 province-level and ministry-level awards. There are more than 20 patents being granted and more than 400 scientific papers being published in national and international journals. There are 5 specialized books and textbooks also being published. More than 30 students have graduated and received their PhD degree and more than 60 students have received their Master degree.
The laboratory is the support organization of national material environmental corrosion field science test and survey research network and key laboratory of corrosion and protection of ministry of education. The present researches are focused on material environmental corrosion data accumulation and sharing, experimental methodology of material accelerated corrosion and service life evaluation, electrochemistry theory in thin electrolyte film and atmospheric corrosion protection technology, material soil corrosion behavior and principle, corrosion and protection under deep sea environment, corrosion simulation, polymer material aging principle and mechanism, steel concrete corrosion and protection, petrochemical corrosion and protection, development of advanced corrosion resistant materials, material corrosion study in micro-nano scale and nano-material electrochemistry. These researches provide important scientific support and application service to national economy, key engineering program and national defense development.
Key research areas:
  1. Construction of the website of field observation sites for environment corrosion
  2. Environment corrosion data accumulation and sharing service
  3. Principle, regulation and mechanism of materials corrosion behaviours in different environment (atmosphere, aqueous, soil, nuclear power, oil and gas sector)
  4. Aging behavior of polymers and coatings
  5. Computational research and informatiziation of corrosion
  6. Reinforcement concrete corrosion and protection
  7. Preparation and application of catalyst materials and functional thin film materials

 

 

Materials Failure and Control Institute

The laboratory consists of 12 academic staff, including 1 academician, 5 professors and 6 associate professors. The laboratory has been awarded 1 National Science and Technology Prize (second place), 17 province-level and ministry-level awards, 2 appraisal achievements. There are 7 patents being approved and more than 400 scientific papers being published in national and international journals. There are also 20 specialized books and textbooks being published. In recent years, they have undertaken 6 projects from the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), 3 projects from the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program) , 3 projects from the National Key Science and Technology Planning Projects and more than 20 projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (General Program and Key Program). The laboratory also conducted more than 30 cooperation projects with Industry partners from iron and steel companies, Petro China, Sinopec Group, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and aerospace sectors.
The laboratory conducts in-depth research on principles, mechanisms, assessments and control of corrosion and environmental fracture. Research results have been applied in different industrial fields such as iron and steel, oil and gas production, electric power, transportation, foundation construction and so on. Main research activities that the laboratory has been carrying out are the development of high corrosion resistance pipeline steel, assessment and control of hydrogen blisters, corrosion rate prediction for oil and gas pipeline in CO2 and H2S environment, assessment of hydrogen induced fracture and stress, assessment and life prediction of steel structure in sea environment, inspection and safety assessment of underground gas distribution system, cathodic protection software based on numeric simulation and GIS data, and reinforcement repair for steel structures and more.
Key research areas:
  1. Hydrogen embrittlement and SCC (Stress Cracking Corrosion)
  2. Multi-phase corrosion at high temperature and high pressure in CO2 and H2S environment
  3. Multi-field behavior and failure analysis of functional materials
  4. Inspection and safety assessment of tubes used in oil and gas filed
  5. Assessment and life time prediction of steel structure in sea environment
  6. Advanced principles and technologies for cathodic protection
  7. Development and application of anti-corrosion materials
  8. Safety assessment and control technologies of infrastructure
  9. Principles and application of reinforcement repair for steel structure





Surface Science and Technology Research Institute

The laboratory consists of 10 academic staff, including 4 professors and 6 associate professors. The laboratory consists of two groups. One is materials surface chemistry and technology group and the other is electrochemical engineering and materials group.
In recent years, the laboratory has been awarded 1 national award and 6 province-level and ministry-level awards and 30 appraisal achievements. There are 20 patents being approved. More than 300 scientific papers have been published in national and international journals and there are 10 specialized books and textbook being published. More than 30 students have graduated and received their PhD degree and more than 70 students have received their Master degree.
Key research areas:
  1. Electrochemical preparation and molding technology for materials and nano-materials: advanced electrode materials and technology for aluminum electrolysis, capacitors and batteries
  2. Nano surface engineering: preparation and assessment of nano powder, nano tube/wire, nano thin film and nano emulsion
  3. Materials protection and functional surface technology: preparation of various coatings using PVD, CVD, spraying, sol-gel technology and electro-deposition; study on metal, ceramic, organic materials and nano composite coatings
  4. Environment chemistry and technology to materials: mechanisms and protection technologies of materials oxidization, corrosion and failure in high temperature, multi-phase and complex environment.
  5. Assessment and control, residual strength and service life prediction and software development for facilities used in industries
  6. Safety inspection and assessment of corrosion for engineering materials
  7. Neutron diffraction, synchrotron radiation and X-ray diffraction for residual stress measurements, microstructure and properties analysis.




Functional Materials Research Institute

The laboratory consists of 11 academic staff, including 5 professors, 3 associate professors and 3 assistant professors. The laboratory has two groups. One is advanced technology for functional thin film group and the other one is functional magnetic materials and devices group.
In recent years, the laboratory has been awarded 4 province-level and ministry-level awards and 2 appraisal achievements. More than 30 patents have been granted. Nearly 200 scientific papers have been published in national and international journals and there are 4 specialized books and textbook being published.
The advanced technology for functional thin films groups works on CVD diamond and like diamond coatings. The focus of the group is to learn large surface optical grade free-standing diamond films, hard alloy tools coated with diamond coatings, infrared materials (ZnS, Ge, Si, glass etc.) diamond films, diamond films for SAW substrate, heat sink and packaging technologies for diamond films, nano diamond films and DLC technologies.
The magnetic materials & Environmental Materials group works on magnetic effects, electric effects, magnetoelectric coupling effects of functional materials and devices. The focus of this group is to study the preparation and development of permanent magnetic materials, soft magnetic materials, magnetoelectric coupling materials, which are used in applications of energy conservation and emission reduction, national economy and military industries. The other focus of this group is to study electronic waste, recycled copper, recycled aluminum, recycled lead, scrap cars and heavy metal pollution control for metal materials resources, non-hazard usage technology. Ultimately, the research is useful to recycling economy.
Key research areas:
  1. Preparation and application of wide bandgap semiconductor diamond crystal and devices
  2. Technologies of nano diamond coatings for hard alloy tools
  3. Technologies of diamond coating tools by high current extended DC arc plasma
  4. Preparation technologies of large area and good quality diamond coatings
  5. Technologies for high power DC arc plasma jet CVD to achieve relative high film growth rate
  6. Key technologies and commercialization of high performance magnetic materials used in high efficiency and energy saving power plants
  7. Technologies and commercialization of large diameter and high performance of rare-earth super-magnetic expansion materials
  8. Key technologies and commercialization of recycling metals






Experimental and Testing Center

The experimental and testing center is an open experimental and testing platform for practice teaching and creative research. The main part of this center was the microstructure experiment lab funded in 1952 with the USTB. The center now consists of the experiment lab for undergraduates teaching, electron microscopy lab, materials properties lab, materials preparation and processing lab, non metal materials lab, materials manufacturing practice lab and other offices.
The center has 47 staff, in which 31 staff including 7 staff with PhD, 14 staff with master degree, are holding senior and medium professional grade. There are more than 200 room and approximately 6000m2 in the area. The center is equipped for metallurgy, processing and forming, properties testing and analysis and so on, in which more than 200 equipments can be classified as large experiment equipments. The overall value of equipments is around 100 million RMB.
The experimental and testing center takes on 37 teaching courses during 2010-2011, 526 planned teaching hours and approximately 42466 real counted teaching hours annually. The center has 125 teaching projects. During summer vacation, the center opens special courses, which 396 took these and the total teaching hours were around 15840 hours.
In 2007, the experimental and testing center was granted not only as the Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center in Beijing but also the national center. The center also joined the Beijing materials analysis and testing union. Part of the center is able to carry out metrology accreditation and open to the public. Annually, nearly 200 people visit the center. The center has also hosted several seminars on electron microscopes, which has demonstrated the standard of the research abilities.


 
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