Research and academic activities in College of Science are dynamic, where scholars, professors, faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students are all involved in, producing remarkable fruits. The number of published SCI paper and NI paper has been increasing over the past few years, and researchers are sponsored by millions of yuan, including the funds from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Shenzhen municipal government.
Growing publication of high-quality research papers
SCI papers:6.3 per capita NI papers:1.9 per capita
Published 1046 SCI papers 315 Nature Index papers
Published 611 SCI papers 226 Nature Index papers
Published 259 SCI papers 107 Nature Index papers
Significant Nature Index Contribution to SUSTech
In 2017,the overall FC value contribution rate by college of Science reached 68%,followed with 81% in 2018.In 2019 (non calendar year),78% of SUSTech FC value came from College of Science.
Our faculties and students are collaborating with colleagues across departments and institutions, seeking for more breakthroughs and more contributions to science and human beings.
Research Focus of College of Science
- The understanding of how RNA interference works in conjunction with the stress response is improved with the research led by Chair Professor Hongwei Guo (Biology).
- SUSTech chemists published a perspective article about “quantum resonances near absolute zero” in Science
- Epitaxial growth of a 100-square-centimeter single-crystal hexagonal boron nitride monolayer on copper, published on Nature by prof. Yu Dapeng, Dean of Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering .
- Three-dimensional quantum Hall effect and metal–insulator transition in ZrTe5, published on Nature by Prof. Zhang Liyuan, Department of Physics.
- Targeting LIF-mediated paracrine interaction for pancreatic cancer therapy and monitoring, published on Nature by prof. Tian Ruijun, Department of Chemistry
- Innovation in protecting-group-free natural product synthesis, published on Nature Reviews Chemistry by prof. Xu Jing, Department of Chemistry.
- Asymmetric phosphoric acid-catalyzed four-component Ugi reaction, published on Science by prof. Tan Bin, Department of Chemistry.
- 3D charge and 2D phonon transports leading to high out-of-plane ZT in n-type SnSe crystals, published on Science by Prof. He Jiaqing, Department of Physics.
- Cascading and pulse-like ruptures during the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes in the Eastern California Shear Zone, published on Nature Communications by prof. Chen Kejie, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
- Chair Professor Zhiping Zheng’s research team from the Department of Chemistry at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has recently made significant progress toward this goal. Specifically, the researchers succeeded in extending the Noble Prize-winning Grubbs catalysts for the efficient dehydrogenation of LOHCs. Such an application goes beyond their well-established uses for olefin metathesis reactions. Their findings are detailed in a recent series of research articles.
- Associate Professor Yang-Gang Wang’s team from the Department of Chemistry at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) recently published their findings on understanding the dynamic mechanism of oxygen reaction catalyzed by single atom catalyst dispersed on nitrogen-doped graphene.
- Professor Xiaofei Chen’s team from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has recently published their findings on an anisotropic tomographic model showing that anisotropy in the forearc segment of the slab is well consistent with the feature caused by the subducted hydrated faults.
- Associate Professor Jiefei Chen’s research group of the Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (SIQSE) at SUSTech has made a breakthrough in exploring a new type of non-Hermitian atom-photon interface at the single-quantum level. Their work, entitled “Quantum Interference between Photons and Single Quanta of Stored Atomic Coherence,” was published in Physical Review Letters, a top international journal in physics.
- Associate Professor Jack Ng’s (Zihui Wu) group from the Department of Physics at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has reported their latest work on the consequence of non-Hermiticity in optical trapping and binding. Their work, entitled “Non-Hermitian physics for optical manipulation uncovers inherent instability of large clusters,” was published in the high-impact academic journal Nature Communications.
- Chair Professor Xueming Yang in the Department of Chemistry at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and Professor Xingan Wang at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) were invited to write a perceptive on stereodynamics and quantum interference phenomena in molecular collisions.
- Recently, the team led by Professor Jiaqing He from the Department of Physics at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) made great progress in SnSe based thermoelectric (TE) materials. Their results, entitled “Momentum and energy multi-band alignment enable power generation and thermoelectric cooling,” have been published in one of the most famous international journals, Science.
- Associate Professor Chuan He’s team of the Department of Chemistry at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has recently made crucial breakthroughs in the field of chiral organosilicon chemistry.
- The Shenzhen Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering (SIQSE) and the Department of Physics at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) have recently made important progress in the research of quantum machine learning. Tao Xin, Jun Li, Dawei Lu, and Ying Dong have implemented a quantum principal component analysis algorithm based on parameterized quantum circuits on the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) quantum computing platform. Their article was published in the famous journal Physical Review Letters, entitled “Experimental Quantum Principal Component Analysis Via Parameterized Quantum Circuits”.
- Cai Heng Li, Chair Professor from the Department of Mathematics at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), has made breakthrough progress on the problem of factorizing simple groups. The result consists of three research articles, published in top mathematical journals.
- Recently, the Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (SIQSE) at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) have predicted a new fundamental correlated quantum phase called the many-body critical (MBC) phase, which is extended but nonthermal. The study was published in a top international journal, Physical Review Letters, entitled “Many-body critical phase: Extended and Nonthermal”.
- On Feb. 27, 2021, the Basic Research Management Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology announced the 16th edition of the top 10 domestic scientific advances of 2020. The research team led by Prof. Xueming Yang from the SUSTech College of Science offers experimental proof of quantum interference in chemical reactions.
- Molecular reaction dynamics is the study of chemical and physical transformations of matter at the molecular level. Recently, scientists from China made substantial scientific progress in this area, by revealing the electronic angular momentum effect to a chemical reaction for the first time.
- In the past week, Chair Professor Jiaqing He’s research group from the Department of Physics at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has published their researches about thermoelectric materials in Science. These two papers were titled “High-entropy-stabilized chalcogenides with high thermoelectric performance” and “Enhanced atomic ordering leads to high thermoelectric performance in AgSbTe2”.
- Recently, Caizhen Li, a postdoctoral fellow of Academician Dapeng Yu’s group (Shenzhen Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology), in collaboration with Professor Zhimin Liao (Peking University) and Professor Chuan Li (University of Twente), made new progress in gate-controlled topological transition of superconductivity.
- Recently, Associate Professor Tiangang Yang (Department of Chemistry, SUSTech) together with the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), University of New Mexico, has made important progress in the study of low-temperature interstellar chemical reaction kinetics. The results have been published in Science Advances entitled “Isomer-specific kinetics of the C+ + H2O reaction at the temperature of interstellar clouds”.
- Recently, the team led by Jiaqing He (Chair Professor of Physics, SUSTech) reported novel thermal transport mechanisms in thermoelectric materials. The results, entitled “First-Principles Study of Anharmonic Lattice Dynamics in Low Thermal Conductivity AgCrSe2: Evidence for a Large Resonant Four-Phonon Scattering”, have been published in one of the most famous international journals Physical Review Letters.
- The biological study of highly strained natural products with significant phytotoxic, antibiotic, and apoptotic activity and anticancer function has been a major challenge for decades due to its natural scarcity. Recently, SUSTech Prof. LI Chuang-Chuang’s group at Department of Chemistry achieved the first total synthesis of a rare and highly strained natural product
- As the study on the 3D quantum Hall effect marches forward, physicists feel puzzled by the new findings. Recently, SUSTech research team proposed a new theory to answer the questions.
- Recently, a team led by Jiaqing He (Chair Professor of Physics, SUSTech) successfully introduced the 2D Van der waals defects into the eco-friendly SnTe-based thermoelectric (TE) materials for the first time to enhance the average ZT value, which shed light for future studies on SnTe and other intermediate-temperature bulk TE materials. The results, entitled as “Constructing van der Waals gaps in cubic-structured SnTe-based thermoelectric materials,” have been published in one of the most famous international journals Energy & Environmental Science.
- Recently, a team led by Prof. Kaijun Liu (Earth and Space Sciences, SUSTech) made significant progress in the excitation of oxygen ion cyclotron harmonic waves in the inner magnetosphere. The results have been published in Geophysical Research Letters, one of the top journals in space physics.
- Recently, the team of Professor Haiping Xia, the Chair Professor of Department of Chemistry and executive director of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute, published a review article in Chemical Reviews, a high-impact international journal, entitled “Metallaaromatic Chemistry: History and Development.” It is the first time for the scientists to review the research progress and future direction of the metallaaromatic chemistry in this journal for the past two decades.
- Recently, Dapeng Yu’s group from the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology and Xiong-Jun Liu’s group from the International Center for Quantum Materials, Peking University, have proposed to realize and detect the non-ergodic critical phases, a fundamental phase, in optical Raman lattices for the first time.
- Researchers at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) have made significant progress in magnetic topological materials. The scientists elucidate an unprecedented hybridization effect between the building blocks of the topological surface states and reveal the termination-dependent time-reversal symmetry breaking in a magnetic topological insulator.
- Recently, a group led by Prof. Kedong Wang(Associate Professor, Department of Physics, SUSTech) cooperated with Prof. Fangfei Ming (Sun Yat-sen University) and Prof. Hanno H. Weitering (The University of Tennessee), have made significant progress in the field of superconductivity.
- The Department of Physics at College of Science, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has demonstrated that helicity-resolved Raman spectroscopy is a useful tool to study the ferromagnetism in 2D magnets. It is the first time to directly probe ferromagnetism by using a Raman spectrum in a 2D magnet.
- The production of large single-crystal metal foils with various facet indices has long been a pursuit in materials science. Recently, a group of Chinese scientists has synthesized the largest single-crystal copper (Cu) foil. The research was published on Nature, titled “Seeded growth of large single-crystal copper foils with high-index facets."
- Recently, academician Yang Xueming, dean of College of Science, SUSTech, led his group to make significant progress in discovering geometric phase effect in H+HD→H2+D reaction, the research was published on the high-impact journal, Science, titled "Quantum interference in H + HD → H2 + D between direct abstraction and roaming insertion pathways".
- A joint team of top Shenzhen researchers has worked together to find a list of potential inhibitors of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Their cutting-edge work could find new purposes for existing medication while developing new drugs to potentially prevent infections from future coronavirus.