Advanced Materials Research Centre established at XJTLU

26 Apr 2024

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University celebrated the inauguration of its Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC) with remarks from University leaders and a seminar on 23 April.

The AMRC will promote technological innovation and industrial development in materials science and engineering, the leaders said, addressing practical challenges faced by industry through integrating resources and collaborating across disciplines.

Professor Youmin Xi at the AMRC inauguration

“The future of education is open and interconnected,” said Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of the University.

He said that XJTLU is committed to creating a new educational ecosystem. The University is exploring three education models, including XJTLU 3.0, he said, which uses the University as a platform to engage with industry and society.

“From talent cultivation to technology research and development, and to industrial transformation and upgrading, we are forming innovative ecosystems around each industry,” he said.

After establishing Academies that use the XJTLU 3.0 model, XJTLU will next focus on developments in materials science, he said.

“By establishing the Advanced Materials Research Centre, we will strengthen our collaboration with partners, integrate academic research with industrial needs, and promote innovation and application of knowledge.”


Professor Zhoulin Ruan speaks at the AMRC inauguration

Professor Zhoulin Ruan, Vice President of Academic Affairs at XJTLU, said that the AMRC will focus on three key areas: information materials, strategic materials related to China’s “dual carbon” goals, and cutting-edge materials.

Professor Xiaosu Yi, Chief Executive Officer at CCIC, speaks at the symposium

Professor Xiaosu Yi, Chief Executive Officer of the Yangtze River Delta Carbon Fiber and Composite Material Innovation Center (CCIC), shared strategies and experiences in working with partners to implement sustainable development goals.

CCIC, one of the partners of the AMRC, has a diversified technology service platform and a wide reach among industrial companies, academic institutions, and research organisations.

XJTLU and industry representatives at the AMRC inauguration

Education-technology-talent innovation ecosystem

Professor Li Yang, Director of the AMRC and Associate Dean for Research and Impact of School of Science, said it will draw on regional advantages and the resources of XJTLU and those of two other universities: the Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University. It will build a multidisciplinary and industry-university-research innovation platform to promote technical research and talent training in the field of advanced materials, she said.

According to Professor Yang, the AMRC has established a diversified network of partners, including CCIC and Baosheng (Suzhou) Energy Technology, Pusan National University in South Korea, and Taylor’s University in Malaysia.

Institutions attending the symposium included the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District University Cooperation Development Bureau, the Suzhou Industrial Park Science and Technology Innovation Committee, CCIC, Baosheng (Suzhou) Energy Technology, Suzhou Xinweier Advanced Materials Technology, Jiangxi Energy Storage Research Institute, Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Jiangsu JITRI Organic Functional Materials Research Institute.

Interview: Luyao Wang

Edited by Tamara Kaup and Xinmin Han

Photos by Jingrui Duan

26 Apr 2024