本学科建有2个国家级国际联合研究中心和2个国家"111"学科创新引智基地。2009年以来，与哈佛大学等世界著名大学建立了9个联合实验室，包括武汉理工大学-哈佛大学纳米联合实验室(WUT-Harvard Joint Nano Key Lab)，美国科学院院士、哈佛大学C.M.Lieber教授任实验室主任;武汉理工大学-密歇根大学新能源材料联合实验室(WUT-UM Joint New Energy Lab)，密歇根大学杰出教授、国际热电学会主席C.Uher教授任实验室主任;武汉理工大学-加州大学戴维斯分校多尺度复合材料联合实验室(WUT-UCD Joint Lab of Multi-scale Composites)，美国工程院院士E.J.Lavernia教授任实验室主任;联合承担重大国际合作项目22项，总经费5600万元;联合培养研究生40余名，联合发表SCI论文300余篇。主办有影响的国际会议20余次，包括第35届国际热电会议、第13届国际非晶态固体物理会议、《Nature》能源材料国际会议。与美国密歇根大学、澳大利亚蒙纳士大学、英国玛丽皇后大学等世界知名大学建立了"2+2"、"3+2"、"4+1"人才联合培养模式。2015年国家外专局和教育部依托本学科建立了全国首个"材料科学与工程国际化示范学院"，E.J.Lavernia任院长。
Materials Science and Engineering Discipline Introduction
(I) History and Vision
Building materials industry, mainly based on cements, glasses, ceramics, inorganic non-metal materials and composite materials, is the backbone industry to support national economy. Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) is an important platform of high-level talents training and major scientific achievements cultivation for the building materials industry of China. In the past 60 years, WUT has cultivated over 40 thousand top-notch talents and made about 100 scientific and technological achievements, greatly contributing to the development of materials industry. MSE discipline of WUT was listed among the first-level national key disciplines in 1988, and among the first-class national key disciplines in 2007. It was also in priority constructed by the"State 211 Project (1995-2015)", and ranked 5th in the third round national MSE first-level discipline evaluation and top 1% of ESI global discipline ranking list.
By 2025, the MSE discipline of WUT is aimed to ranking among the world first-class disciplines, breaking through the theory and key techniques of green building materials manufacturing, developing advanced materials for the intelligent and sustainable building and the development of advanced national defense, constructing a world-leading international school of materials science and engineering, which provides a solid support in top-notch innovative talents and key technologies for the transformation and upgrading of China’ s building materials industry and the development of the strategic emerging industry of new materials, as well as becoming an important international collaborative platform.
The MSE discipline of WUT has constructed a strong teaching and research team, which includes 1 Chinese Academy of Engineering Academician, 1 Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and 1 Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 9 experts of National Thousand Talents Program, 6 winners of the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 8 distinguished professors of Changjiang Scholar’ s Programme, 2 chief scientists of"973 program"projects, 2 National Famous Teacher Award Winners, 3 young scientists supported by Thousand Youth Talents Plan, 1 innovative group of National Natural Science Foundation of China. In addition, 1 scientist is listed among the 2012"Top Hottest Researchers"released by Thomson Reuters, 1 is listed in Highly Cited Researchers (2014, 2015). It also has 3 national labs, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies for Materials Synthesis and Processing, State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures and National Engineering Laboratory of Optic Fiber Sensing. There are more than 200 large-scale scientific instruments worth about 500 million RMB. The total laboratory area is over 52000 m2. In the past 4 years, the MSE discipline of WUT has undertaken more than 1000 projects, including national projects such as"973 Program","863 Plan"and NSFC projects, with a total fund up to 790 million RMB, and was awarded 8 National Science and Technology Achievement Awards as well as 13 first-grade provincial and ministerial level achievement awards. It also has published more than 3300 SCI indexed papers, received over 41000 citations. 136 papers are highly cited papers
(II) Discipline Orientation
1. Green manufacturing theory and technology for building materials
This research field is driven by the national strategic demand of shifting the building materials industry from high resource consuming, high energy consuming and high emission to a green and environmentally friendly emerging industry. The prime research converges to engineering theories, key technologies and equipment for green manufacturing of building materials, including high-temperature non-equilibrium thermodynamic and kinetic theories on new multi-phase and multi-component complex system with low-grade raw materials and fuels, tuning technologies for mineral formation, recycling and reuse of building materials, technologies and equipment for co-processing of waste in cement kiln, low temperature synthesis technologies of low-carbon cementitious materials, next generation melting system of glass manufacturing.
2. Strategic advanced materials for intellegent and sustainable infrastructures
This research field centres on the national strategic demand upon high-performance multi-function novel building materials for transformation and upgrade of building material industry. The prime research converges to coordinated synergy effects of multi-functionanal high performance building materials, strengthening theory of ultra-thin and flexible glass, integration technologies of energy-saving multifunction building materials and building structure, optoelectric and thermoelectric hybrid energy system for buildings, building-integrated photo-catalytic environment purification system, durable building materials in severe complex environments for marine regions and western China as well as theories for service-life extension.
3. High performance ceramics and advanced composite materials
This research field mainly serves for the significant demands of most advanced national defense. The design theory and composite principle of high performance ceramics and advanced composite materials with new/multiple functions are studied from multiple components, multiple phases and multiple scales. The advanced technologies for materials synthesis and processing including graded composite, in-situ composite and nanocomposite are exploited. The wave-impedance graded materials used in extreme and dynamic high pressures, the anti-high-velocity-impact electric conducting ceramic composites, the new-generation nanocomposite materials for radiation protection, stealth and camouflage, the multifunctional composite materials used in naval ships, and the high insulating ceramic materials used in extremely high power circumstance are being developed.
4. Advanced functional materials and devices for information technology
To meet the great need of major national engineering, important equipment, Internet of things and ocean resource exploration for new bulk information functional materials and devices, this research is focused on (1) New technology of design and fabrication of new low loss fiber optic materials for fiber bragg grating(FBG), and perovskite and perovskite-like information functional materials and devices; (2) Principle and technology of continuous dynamic preparation of FBG for mass data detection; (3) Technology of fiber optic sensor and networking. And developing intelligent security monitoring technology of big aircraft, important transportation infrastructure, smart urban underground pipeline-network and national power grid.
5. Advanced energy materials
This research area concerns about significant demands for efficient energy conversion and energy storage emerging in strategic new material industries, it is dedicated to research on efficient electronic/phonon regulation theory on thermoelectric materials, microstructure regulation principle, and also to develop ultra-fast preparation techniques and new green high-efficiency thermoelectric materials. This area is also aimed to rational design and assembly, in-situ characterization, energy storage mechanism investigation and performance regulation of nanowires for energy storage materials and devices, and so as to develop new high-efficiency nanowire energy storage device. The design theory and key synthesis processes of efficient photocatalytic materials is investigated, and the new high-efficiency photocatalytic materials for hydrogen production and sensitized solar cells are developed. The key technologies and whole sets of equipment for the next generation MEA in PEMFC is also exploited with low Pt loading/non Pt loading with development in high power density stack and application in fuel cell system for transportation.
6. Functional materials for biotechnology and life science
This research field is based on the great requirements for biomedical materials and living hybrid materials from medical health, energy, environment and biology technology. One research topic is developing biomimetic nerve inducing nanomaterials and exploring their extensive clinical applications. The other research topic is studying living hybrid materials. Reserahcers will first focus on the understanding of the hierarchically fine-structured porous materials, the life and modification of functional organisms, the mechanisms between the functional organisms and hierarchically fine-structured porous materials, and the chiral effect of biological/material interface. Then researchers will develop a series of living hybrid materials for practical applications, such as artificial photosynthetic reactor, biofuel battery, environmental purification reactor and biological pharmaceutical reactor.
(III) Interntional Reputation
The MSE discipline of WUT has constructed the International Joint-research Laboratory of Advanced Technologies for Material Processing, the International Joint-research Laboratory of Environmetal Freindship Building Materials as well as 2 Bases of Foreign Outstanding Expertise-Introduction for Disciplines Innovation ("111"Plan). In addition, it has also established 9 international collaborative laboratories in cooperation with world-famous universities, such as WUT-Harvard Joint Nano Key Lab, of wich the director is Prof. C. M. Lieber, academician of US National Academy of Science. WUT-UM Joint New Energy Lab (the director is Prof. C. Uher, President of International Thermoelectric Society, distinguished professor of University of Michigan). WUT-UCD Joint Lab of Multi-scale Composites, led by Prof. E. J. Lavernia, academician of US National Academy of Engineering. These international collaborative laboratories have undertaken 22 international cooperative projects with total funds of about 56 million RMB. In the past 4 years, the MSE discipline of WUT also held more than 20 influential international conferences, including The 35th International Conference and the 1st Asian Conference on Thermoelectrics, The 13th International Conference on the Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids, XIII PNCS and Nature Conference on Materials for Energy 2016. Furthermore, it has developed multiple international cooperation programs ("2+2","3+2","4+1") with world-leading universities, such as University of Michigan, Monash University and Queen Mary University of London. In 2015, Ministry of Education and State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs jointly authorized the first national example of the International School of Materials Science and Engineering at WUT and provided a financial support by"Network of International Centers for Education".