Academic Discipline

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Academic Discipline


The academic discipline of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) has a history of more than 60 years, and was originated from major of Tooling in Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology back in 1950th. SMSE of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) was established in the year of 2009, and currently has two undergraduate majors: Materials Forming and Control Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Meanwhile, SMSE is also authorised to provide two PhD programs (2nd level subject) in the subjects of “Electromechanical Functional Materials” and “New Energy Materials”, a master program (1st level subject) in the subject of “Materials Science and Engineering” and a professional master program in the subject of “Materials and Chemical Engineering”. Since 2018, the Materials Science and Engineering subject has been listed within ESI Global Institutional Discipline top 1%.

For now, SMSE has established the research directions in “Electrically functional materials”, “New carbon materials”, “Additive manufacturing technologies”, “Polymer matrix composite”, “Functional alloy and forming technology”, “Advanced forming technology and equipment”, “New energy storage devices”, “Electrospun fibers and environmental applications”, “Nanomaterials and applications”, “Micro-nano materials and devices” and “Low-dimensional functional materials”.

In 2017, SMSE was awarded the second prize in the National Science and Technology Progress Awards and a first prize in the China Machinery Industry Science and Technology Awards. In 2018, SMSE was awarded the first prize in the Shanghai Natural Science Awards, and in 2019 SMSE was awarded the first prize in the Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Awards.

Ph.D. programs

Our Ph.D. programs centred on the academic frontiers in materials field and the new developments of the new materials industry, combined with the needs for talents in the material and related fields in the social and economic developments of Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta. The programs focus on the fields of energy, biomedicine, environment and intelligent manufacturing, and established four distinctive subject directions in new energy materials, biomedical materials, environmental nanomaterials and material processing engineering. Wit the strong subjects, our Ph.D. programs can form disciplinary support with the peak plateau disciplines such as "power engineering and engineering thermophysics", "biomedical engineering", "mechanical engineering", etc., and form a distinct development with the existing doctoral degree disciplines of materials science and engineering in other universities in Shanghai.