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Heads of College of Science

Shuhong YU

Dean of College of Science

Professor YU oversees the operation of the college. He is in charge of planning and development, major projects and finance.

Prof. Shu-Hong Yu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chair professor of Southern University of Science and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Chinese Chemical Society and the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China, and the Tencent New Cornerstone Researcher. His research interests include bio-inspired synthesis, assembly and functional application of inorganic materials. He created a synthesis method that combines "assembly and mineralization" at the mesoscopic scale, successfully mineralized and synthesized artificial nacre for the first time, and opened up a new way for the cross-scale controllable synthesis of inorganic functional materials. He invented a new production method for nanofiber-based bio-inspired structural materials, successfully developed a series of high-performance natural nanocellulose structural materials, and pioneered the research direction on the construction and functionalization of macroscale nanoassemblies based on multi-dimensional nanoscale building blocks. So far, he has published more than 680 academic papers in the field of inorganic chemistry (citations > 78,000, H index = 158, named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters (2014-2022)). His awards include the 2nd Prize of National Natural Science Award awarded by Chinese Government (2010, 2016), the Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2021), the National Innovation Medal (2020), the 1st Prize of the Natural Science Award of the Ministry of Education (2022), etc. He serves as the Editor-in-Chiefs of Mater. Chem. Front., The Innovation Materials, and is also on the editorial board or advisory board of journals including Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Matter, Natl. Sci. Rev., and Materials Horizons.

Jiaqing HE

Associate Dean

Professor He is in charge of teaching, human resources and talents.

He is a Chair Professor of the Department of Physics. He won the second prize of the Natural Science Award by the Ministry of Education. His research interests include transmission electron microscopy, thermoelectric materials, and structure and property relationship. He has published more than 250 papers with citations over 27,000 times, and his H-index reached 79. More than 10 state-level research projects have been finished under his supervision.


Associate Dean

Bin Tan, Chair Professor of Southern University of Science and Technology. His research interest is catalytic asymmetric synthesis and application of axially chiral compounds. So far, he has published more than 110 research papers in international journals. The total number of citations is over 9500 with a maximum citation of over 730 per article and H-index is 55. The mentioned original research has been featured as important papers and highlighted in prestigious journals including Science, Nat. Chem., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., C&E News, etc. Currently, he serves as an associate editor of Chinese Journal of Chemistry and an advisory board member of Chem Catalysis.

Zongxiang XU

Associate Dean

Prof. XU is a professor at Department of Chemistry. He came to the Department in May, 2012, and established the molecular optoeletronic laboratory. His research focuses on organic and inorganic semiconductor material design and integration and the appliacation of optoelectronic devices, etc.. He has published over 130 papers on high-impact international journals, many of which have been selected as cover articles. He has got 3 U.S. patents, 1 international patent and 13 invention patents in China.

Jifeng DING

Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee

Ding Jifeng is in charge of the office operation, College publicity and student's affairs.

He has been engaged in administrative management in mainland universities for a long time, such as Party building, student work and materials writing .

Heads of Departments and Research Institutes of College of Science


Head of Dept. of Mathematics

Prof. Xiang’s research fields include combinatorial design, finite geometry, coding theory and additive combination. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1995 with doctoral degree. In 1999, he was awarded the Kirkman Medal by the International Association for Combinatorics and its Applications. He used to be the Bateman Instructor of California Institute of Delaware and Chair Professor at Zhejiang University.

Prof. Xiang used algebra and number theory to study combinatorial design, finite geometry, and coding theory, and achieved lots of important achievements.

Haizhou LU

Head of Department of Physics

Prof. Haizhou LU is a Chair Professor of the Department of Physics. His research field is theoretical condensed matter physics, in particular, electronic and quantum transport properties of mesoscopic systems, topological states of matter, and spintronics. His recent interest is applying quantum field theoretical methods to study the electronic transport and quantum phases in new materials. For example, topological insulator/semimetal/superconductor, 2D layered materials (e.g., MoS2 family), weak (anti-)localization, the quantum anomalous/spin Hall effect, etc. His theoretical works are usually motivated by experiments, and several of them have been verified and applied to relevant experiments.

Zhiping ZHENG

Head of Department of Chemistry

Professor Zheng Zhiping is a Chair Professor of the Department of Chemistry and once served as the professor and vice director of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona, and the Director of The Center for Applied Chemical Research at Xi'an Jiaotong University. He was elected as the fellow of the Royal Chemical Society. His research interest lies primarily in the design, synthetic, characteristics and properties of both transition metal and the lanthanide elements and their corresponding materials applications. He has issued over 160 papers on professional journals, and 7 of them are used as cover articles. In addition, Professor Zheng has been invited to write 10 chapters for academic monographs, including the first monograph on the clusters of rare earths and actinides: Chemistry and Materials as a guest editor. He was a Topic Editor and advisor for Crystal Growth and Design. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Rare Earths, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.

Xiaofei CHEN

Head of Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Professor Chen received his PhD in Geophysics from University of Southern California (USC) in 1991. He was a research associate at USC between 1992 and 1996. From 1996 to 2008, he was a professor at Peking University and from 2008 to 2016 at University of Science and Technology of China. He joined SUSTech in September 2016 and was appointed as an initiatory departmental head of Earth and Space Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 technical papers in geophysics and has mentored over 70 graduate students. He has led more than 20 scientific research projects such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Distinguished Young Scholars project, the outstanding innovation group project, the key projects, the international (regional) cooperation projects, scientific research  project of the Ministry of Science of China. Professor Chen’s research interests include: theoretical and computational geophysics, seismology, as well as their applications in Earthquake hazard mitigation and earth resources exploration.

Qiman SHAO

Head of Department of Statistics and Data Science

Professor Shao is a Chair Professor of the Department of Statistics and Data Science. He used to serve as head and Choh-Ming Chair Professor in the Department of Statistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a visiting professor in School of Mathematical Sciences, Zhejiang University. He has won Jia-qing Zhong Mathematics Award from the Chinese Mathematical Society, and State Natural Science Award in 1997 (3rd class) and 2015 (2nd class). He was elected the fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2001 and an invited speaker (45 min) for International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010. His research interest lies mainly in asymptotic theory in probability and statistics, self-normalized limit theory, high-dimensional and large-scale statistical analysis, Stein's method for normal and non-normal approximation, etc. He has published over 180 papers on mainstream probability and statistics journals at home and abroad and three Springer monographs.

Dapeng YU

Dean of Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering

Professor Yu is a Chair Professor in Department of Physics, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, winner of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Distinguished Young Scholars project. He focuses on low dimensional quantum materials, Quantum control, and Micro-nano machining.Prof D. P. Yu is one of the world pioneers in developing method to synthesize from the bottom, and to characterize 1-dimensional semiconductor nanowires and 2-D Dirac quantum Materials, and made important contributions to the investigations of low-dimensional quantum materials. Resulting from his pioneer contributions, more than 500 peer-reviewed work has been published in Physical Journals, including a majority in APS(33 PRL/PRB papers) and AIP journals (96 papers) and other general interest Journals such as NPG (12 papers in Nature and Nature babies) journals; the originality and impact of the nominee’s work is also manifested with a citation of more than 2,9000 times by colleagues world-wide with an H-index of 82 (a Google H-index of 92).He has mentored/trained more than 100 graduates and postdoctoral associates.

Robert H. Grubbs

Honorary Dean of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute

Professor Robert H. Grubbs, the Honorary Dean of the Shenzhen Grubbs Institute, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1989), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994) and the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies (2015), Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015). Professor Grubbs was the co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his epoch-making contribution to olefin metathesis. His original and innovative research achievements in the precision catalysis have a vital impact on the development of new medicine, new materials and new energy.

Dean of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute

Zuowei XIE

Dean of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute

Professor Zuowei Xie is a member of The Chinese Academy of Sciences and The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow of Chinese Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry. Prof. Xie is a Chair Professor of SUSTech. Before joining SUSTech, he was a Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Xie received his B.S. and M.Sc. degrees from Hangzhou University (now Zhejiang University) and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He then pursued studies in a joint PhD program between SIOC and Technische Universitӓt Berlin, and earned his PhD in chemistry in 1990. Prof. Xie’s main research interests center around organometallic and main group chemistry with the focus on (super)carboranes, metallacarboranes, catalytic B-H bond functionalization and small molecule activation, as well as low-valent main group elements. Prof. Xie has made important contributions to carborane chemistry by developing a general strategy for catalytic selective cage BH functionalization and synthetic methods for the synthesis of supercarboranes. He has co-authored over 330 papers, and his works have been highlighted many times in C&EN. Prof. Xie received several prestigious awards including Hong Kong Research Grants Council Inaugural Senior Research Fellowship Award (2020), the Chinese Chemical Society Yao-Zeng Huang Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2010), the State Natural Science Prize (2008), and The Croucher Award (2003) among others.

Haiping XIA

Executive Dean of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute

Prof. Xia, the Executive Dean of the Shenzhen Grubbs Institute, Chair Professor of Chemistry at the Southern University of Science and Technology. Prof. XIA has received many prestigious awards, including the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2009, the Huang Yao-Zeng Organometallic Chemistry Award of the Chinese Chemical Society in 2016 and the second prize of “the National Natural Science Award” of China in 2020. Prof. XIA has developed a revolutionary novel aromatic system (Carbolong Complexes), which was elected as one of the “Ten Major Scientific and Technological Progress of China's Colleges and Universities" in 2013.

Efim Zelmanov

Director of SUSTech International Center for Mathematics

Prof. Efim Zelmanov is a Russian American mathematician. He joined Southern University of Science and Technology full-time in July 2022 and is now a chair professor at SUSTech and director of Shenzhen International Center for Mathematics. He received Ph.D Mathematics from Novosibirsk University, Russia, and has been a professor at the University of Chicago, Yale University and other top universities in the world. He got the Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics, in 1994. He was elected as a member of the American National Academy of Sciences in 2001 and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2021.