School of Energy and Materials
The School of Energy and Materials (SEM) was established in 2021according to the orientation and development needs of disciplines and programs of Shanghai Polytechnic University (SSPU). The main discipline of the school,MaterialsScience and Engineering, was launched in 2008. Through development during the past decades, it is now a dominant and akeydiscipline underconstruction at SSPU, and has been included in the Shanghai Plateau Discipline Construction Project (cultivation). SEM focuses on thermal functional materials and energy-saving and new energy materials as the main researchfieldsand investigates scientific fundamentals and key technical issues in the preparation and application of new materials, which serve the strategic emerging industries such as energy conservation, environmental protection, and new energy.
School of Energy and Materials consists of the Department of Energy Engineering, which hasoneundergraduate program—Materials Science and Engineering (new energy materials and devices), and the Department of Materials Engineering, which has two undergraduate programs—Materials Chemistry and Composites Manufacturing Engineering. TheInternational Cooperative Research Center for Energy Saving and New Energy Materialsfocuses on the research and development of energy-saving and new energy materials and strives to promote research and exploration in relevant fields. In 2020, the Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Advanced Thermal Functional Materials got approved, which is the first municipal-level engineering technology research center at SSPU. The Master’s degree program—Materials and Chemical Engineering was newly approved in 2021. In addition to cultivating full-time postgraduates of its program, it also trains postgraduates majoring in Materials or Chemical Engineering for the School of Continuing Education and Shanghai Model Workers College.
SEM steps up efforts in teaching and scientific research in the fields of energy conversion, energy storage, energy-saving, and new energy, and has formed its features and advantages in terms of thermal functional materials, new energy materials, batteries, and energy storage technology. The school is committed to serving China’s “carbon peak, carbon neutrality ” goals and relevant industries of new energy materials and devices. Moreover, the school cultivates high-level innovative talents and application-oriented engineering talents in the fields of new energy and new materials and thermal functional materials.
Faculty and Staff
School of Energy and Materials now has 41 faculty and staff, including 32 full-time teachers, 100% of whom have doctoral degrees. There are 9 professors and 12 associate professors, including 1 selected in the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University under the Ministry of Education, 4 in the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning (including youth scholars), 5 in Shu Guang Project supported by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC) and Shanghai Education Development Foundation (SEDF), 1 in Shanghai Rising-Star Program, 5 in Chen Guang Project supported by SMEC and SEDF, 3 in the Shanghai Sailing Program, and 1 winner of Baosteel Excellent Teacher Award. Seventeenteachers have either studied abroad or worked overseas for more than one year, accounting for 68% of the total. More than 88% have work experience in enterprises or research institutes. In addition, there are 6 researchers conducting materials analysis and characterization. In recent years, the school has worked with enterprises to establish a tutor team made up of professors, young and middle-aged full-time teachers, technical experts, and senior engineers from scientific research institutes and enterprises. Enterprise tutors have cultivated 57 Master of Engineering degree holders for the school. In order to further improve education quality and enhance students’ employment competitiveness, the school has employed professors from well-known foreign universities such as the Royal Academy of Sciences, U.K., Pennsylvania State University, U.S., Iowa State University, U.S., and the University of Manchester, U.K., as SSPU foreign experts.
School of Energy and Materials always regards talent cultivation as its fundamental task, implements the new concept of engineering education, aligns itself with world-class majors, and keeps improving program construction. There are 3 undergraduate programs, namely Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry, and Composites Manufacturing Engineering. The school takes engineering accreditation as the starting point, and actively promotes the implementation of the “Double Ten Thousand Plan” which aims to build first-class programs and first-class courses. Theprogramof Materials Science and Engineering is one of the Applied Undergraduate Pilot Programs for Local Universities (2017) and First-Class Undergraduate Programs in Shanghai. Theprogramof Materials Chemistry has been approved to become a second bachelor’s degree program at SSPU. Composites Manufacturing Engineering is a program developed in cooperation with Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The faculty at the school have won 1 Shanghai Teaching Achievement Award and undertaken 5 Shanghai Key Education Reform Projects, and 1 Shanghai Excellent Course over the years. They have published 12 teaching research papers, and significantly improved their education and teaching abilities.
The school currently has 495 undergraduate students. In the past three years, students have participated in high-level discipline competitions such as the “Internet +” Competition, Challenge Cup, New Material Innovation and Creativity Competition, and won 1 international award, 2 national awards, and 18 provincial and ministerial awards. Besides, the school has won 4 provincial and ministerial teaching awards such as the first prize in Shanghai Teaching Achievement Award. The graduates are generally well recognized by society and employers, and the graduate employment rate has remained high for many years.
The school has also established a scientific and technological innovation system for college students with the help of its scientific research advantages. Students participate in teachers’ scientific research projects as the starting point, and then participate in the entrepreneurship and innovation training programs as the focus. Finally, they attend high-level college student scientific and technological innovation competitions as the key. In recent years, many students who have participated in scientific and technological innovation activities have been admitted as graduate students by the University of Tsukuba, Japan, Technical University of Denmark, Fudan University, Sun Yat-sen University, East China University of Science and Technology, East China Normal University,etc.
Disciplines and Scientific Research
Following the idea of “establishing abigplatform, undertaking large-scale projects, building a strongteam, achieving remarkable results, and making great contributions”, the School of Energy and Materials keeps improving its scientific and technological innovation abilities and comprehensive scientific research capabilities. It now has a first-class discipline (B) (cultivation) in Shanghai universities—Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai key disciplines, and provincial, ministerial, and university level platforms such as the International Cooperative Research Center for Energy Saving and New Energy Materials, Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Advanced Thermal Functional Materials and an analysis and testing Center. In the past five years, teachers of the school have undertaken more than 100 government-sponsored projects at the national, provincial, and ministerial levels as project leaders. Specifically, there are more than 20 programs supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 1 major program supported by NSFC, and 1 National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program). The school has participated in more than 60 cooperation projects with enterprises at home and abroad by strengthening industry-universities-research cooperation. More than 100 SCI-cited papers were published, including some top journals such asNature CommunicationsandNano Letters. Nearly 10 academic papers have been selected as ESI highly cited papers or hot papers, exerting a relatively big influence in the field of materials science and engineering. SEM actively serves enterprises and launched more than 40 non-government sponsored projects with the average annual research fund exceeding RMB 8 million. The scientific research achievements have won one second prize and two third prizes in Shanghai Natural Science Awards, and one China Industry-University-Research Cooperation Innovative Achievement Award.
Cooperation and Exchange
Leveraging Shanghai’s advantages in the field of new energy, the School of Energy and Materials has worked with well-known enterprises in the field of new energy materials and devices to establish several off-campus practice bases that cover the whole process of new energy materials and devices throughuniversity-enterprise cooperation, and industry-university collaboration. Various resources are shared by strengthening cooperation between university and enterprise, and education and teaching quality are improved by carrying out collaboration between the university and industries.The school adheres to the principle of mutual benefit to achieve win-win results for the three parties, and create more job opportunities for graduates.
In terms of international exchanges and cooperation, the school has established cooperative relations with overseas universities and R&D institutions such as Queen Mary University and the University of Bolton in the U.K., Pennsylvania State University, the State University of New Jersey, Florida State University, and ATMI company in the U.S. Dr. Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of Penn State University, Dr. Xinwei Wang, professor of Iowa State University, and Dr. Wei-Heng Shih, professor of Drexel University, were introduced to the school. More than ten young and middle-aged teachers have been visiting scholars in universities and research institutes in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, and Japan for over a year. And well-known overseas experts and scholars were invited to the school for academic lectures and exchanges many times.
Introduction to Programs
1. Materials Science and Engineering
Training objective:Theprogram aims to train applied technical professionals who have solid basic knowledge in math and natural science, understand the basic theory of materials science and engineering, master professional knowledge and skills; who have thegoodpractical ability, innovationability, spirit of model workers and the ability of continuous learning and self-improvement; who can solve complex engineering problems in the field of new energy materials based on interdisciplinary knowledge, and undertake production, design and R&D work in the fields of energy conversion, energy storage, and energy saving.
Core courses:Foundation of Materials Science, University Chemistry, Materials Physics, Materials Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Materials Analysisand Testing, Applied Electrochemistry, Polymer Materials, Nanomaterial Technology, Chemical Power Sources, Photovoltaic Power Generation Technology, Energy Storage Materials, and Technologies, etc.
Fields of Employment:Production, management, R&D, and design of new energy materials and devices in enterprises and institutions related to new energy and new materials.
2. Materials Chemistry
Training objective:Theprogram aims to train senior engineering and technical professionals who can meet the development needs of national strategic emerging industries, have solid theoretical knowledge in materials and chemistry, and systematically master the basics and skills of preparation, characterization, performance, and analysis in the fields of environmental-friendly functional materials, smart sensor materials, and microelectronic materials.
Core courses:Chemistry courses, Introduction to Materials Science, Materials Physics, Materials Chemistry, Materials Analysis, and Testing, Materials Technology, Nanomaterials, Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Packaging Materials and Technology, etc.
Fields of Employment:R&D and manufacturing of new products, new processes, and new technologies in the fields of national strategic emerging industries.
3. Composites Manufacturing Engineering
Training objective:The program aims to train applied technical professionals who have the ability to independently solve the problems in composites manufacturing; who master certain production technology management knowledge, especially in the field of aerospace manufacturing; who can use intelligent manufacturing methods in the design and molding of aircraft composite materials and for manufacturing of products based on composite materials; who master knowledge about collaborative manufacturing, and have practical experience in product development, applied research and management of aviation products.
Core courses:Modern Engineering Drawing, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Principles and Design, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Polymer Matrix Composites and Molding Processes, Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA), Corporate Culture and Quality Management, Nondestructive Testing Technology of Aerospace Materials and Parts, Composite Mold Design and Course Design, collaborative manufacturing, CNC Machining of Molds and Curriculum Design (CAM), AircraftSystem, Aircraft Assembly Technology and Production Practice.
Fields of Employment:Processing, preparation, and molding of composite parts, and development ofmanufacturing technology, mold design, processing, and product quality control, material performance testing for new products in the aerospace field. Graduates can also be engaged in the development, processing, quality control, and production management of composite products in the fields of machinery and automobiles.