Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC)

Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC)

Introduction

The Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC) serves as a hub for research in materials development and innovation in core strategic areas at national and international levels. The establishment of the AMRC aligns with global strategic priorities, featuring the enhancement of electronics and communication systems’ performance, the advancement of medical and clean energy technologies, and China’s strategic planning (14th 5-year plan) to strengthen the country’s technological capabilities and support the transition to a high-quality development model. The research center focuses on developing innovative materials with advanced properties and applications, such as semiconductor materials, biomaterials, and materials for energy and the environment. It draws knowledge, expertise, and resources from the SIP Schools and Academies (School of Science, School of Advanced Technology, Design School, Academy of Pharmacy, XJTLU-JITRI Academy) and Taicang Schools (School of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing, and School of CHIPS). The research center establishes collaborations with leading universities and research institutions in China and abroad. Additionally, it establishes partnerships with industry partners to ensure the commercialization and application of new materials in various industries, including electronics, healthcare, and energy. It leverages resources and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics to accelerate the discovery and development of new materials. The AMRC provides a teaching, training, and research platform to nurture a collaborative environment for students and researchers on cutting-edge research projects from different fields and disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, computing, and engineering. By combining expertise and resources, the Centre tackles complex challenges in materials research and development and pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge to better serve the world.

Objectives

  • To establish a comprehensive research programme that covers a broad range of materials science topics, including synthesis, characterisation, processing, and applications of advanced materials.
  • To build a research infrastructure with advanced laboratories, specialised equipment, and computational resources to support cutting-edge research.
  • To recruit and retain a diverse group of talented researchers and students from different backgrounds and disciplines to foster an inclusive and collaborative research environment.
  • To establish partnerships with industry and government agencies to support research and development activities and facilitate technology transfer and commercialisation of research results.
  • To promote education and training programmes, such as workshops, seminars, and courses, to disseminate knowledge and skills related to advanced materials research.

Research Themes (Divisions)

The following research themes, represented as research divisions, have been identified as the main drivers for the AMRC’s initial phases of development.

  1. Research Division on Dual Carbon Strategic Materials. Researchers within this division would work on projects to advance the understanding of materials science and engineering, investigating new materials and their properties through a range of techniques, such as simulation and experimentation. Potential areas of focus may include:
    • New Energy materials
    • Catalytic materials
    • Biomaterials
    • Additive manufacturing of materials
    • Sustainable Materials
  2. Research Division on Information Materials. Potential focus areas that could leverage existing University resources and expertise and be further developed and supported through dedicated hiring and content development at the UG, PG and PhD levels are listed below.
    • Advanced nanofabrication techniques
    • Advanced materials for semiconductor devices
    • Artificial intelligence hardware
  3. Research Division on Frontier New Materials. Potential research areas that align with the fundamental research conducted within the AMRC might include:
    • Quantum Materials for Energy: Investigating materials with quantum properties for more efficient energy conversion and storage solutions, including quantum dots for photovoltaics.
    • Nanomaterials in Catalysis: Exploring the catalytic properties of nanomaterials for sustainable chemical reactions and processes.
    • Nanomedicine: Exploring nanomaterials for targeted drug delivery, diagnostics, and therapeutics in the field of healthcare and personalized medicine.
    • Superconducting Materials: Exploring novel superconducting materials that operate at higher temperatures, enabling more practical applications in power transmission and medical imaging.
    • Quantum Computing Materials: Investigating and designing materials with tailored quantum properties for the development of quantum computers and quantum information processing.
    • Nanoelectronics: Exploring novel nanoscale materials and devices for electronics, such as nanowires, nanotubes, and 2D materials like graphene, for high-performance transistors and sensors.
    • Graphene-Based Technologies: Researching the use of graphene in energy storage devices, flexible electronics, ultrasensitive sensors, and advanced materials for its exceptional electrical conductivity and mechanical strength.