Materials science and nanotechnology is one of the hottest and most versatile research fields, both at home and abroad. Various kinds of food, medicine, devices, energy, transportation, etc. – everything that revolves around people’s daily life are manifestly a part of the vast and exciting field. This diversity is reflected in the portfolio of current research activities of the Department.
Its faculty background derives from multidisciplinary combinations of physics, chemistry, life sciences, medical sciences, energy, information sciences, etc. as it attempts to combine science with engineering and mold them into a meaningful and useful entity for the betterment of humanity. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Peking University hopes to achieve this goal through the introduction of innovative education schemes, the development of breakthrough research and technologies, and the frequent dissemination of technical information. Further efforts that culminated in collaborations and joint programs with World renowned universities and laboratories from within and outside of China have been undertaken.
The department offers the following 4 major research areas.
A. Polymers and Composite Materials (Liquid crystals, nanocomposites, conducting organic materials for applications such as smart windows, sensors, actuators, thermal management, thermoelectrics, solar cells and flexible devices)
B. Nanomaterials and Micro-nano Devices (Synthesis and assembly of 1D, 2D nanomaterials, heterostructures and functional materials; Applications in electronic, optical, piezoelectric and electromechanical devices; Theoretical modeling and computation of novel nanostructures and physical properties)
C. Biomedical Materials and Devices (Biodegradable alloys for implanting and tissue engineering; Microfluidic devices for biomedical engineering; Magnetic nanoparticles for bio-imaging and drug delivery)
D. New Energy Materials and Devices (Synthesis and applications of nanocrystals, porous materials, perovskites, 1D and 2D structures in energy and environmental fields such as electrochemical catalysis, hydrogen storage, energy conversion and storage systems including solar cells, fuel cells, supercapacitors and batteries)