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    The School of Materials Science and Engineering at Zhejiang University is one of the earliest organizations devoted to research and education in materials science and engineering in China. It was founded by uniting the majors of metallurgy and casting in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the major of silicate in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1978. In fact, the majors in metallurgy/casting and silicate officially started recruiting students in 1952 and 1958, respectively. The merging in 1978 led to the first Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Chinese universities. The School of Materials Science and Engineering hosts the State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials which originates from the State Key Laboratory of High-Purity Silicon and Silane founded in 1985, and It was the first state key laboratory at Zhejiang University. In 1989 the discipline of semiconductor materials was approved to be the State Key Disciplines. In 1999, the discipline of materials science and engineering was approved as a first-level discipline, including the second-level disciplines of materials science, materials physics and chemistry and materials processing engineering. Based on the state key second-level disciplines of materials science and materials physics and chemistry, the discipline of materials science and engineering became the state key first-level discipline. In July 2014, the Department of Materials Science & Engineering was renamed to be the School of Materials Science and Engineering.     
    The School of Materials Science and Engineering consists of five institutes and one center, which are Semiconductor Materials Institute, Metal Materials Institute, Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials Institute, Materials Physics Institute, Institute of Composite Science Innovation, and the Center of Electron Microscopy. The School also hosts a series of high-level research platforms, including the State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, the Research Center of Ministry of Education for Inorganic Functional Materials for Surface and Structure Modification, the Provincial Electron Microscopy Centre, the Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Applications for Batteries of Zhejiang Province, and the Key Laboratory of Novel Information Materials Technology of Zhejiang Province. Up to April 2015, the school totally has 130 faculty members and staff. The number of professors and associate professors are 49 and 59, respectively. Among the faculty members there are 1 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 6 National Thousand-Talents-Plan Experts, 3 Provincial Top-level experts, 5 Yangtse River Professors of the Ministry of Education, 6 winners of National Distinguished Youth Foundation and 7 Qiushi Professors of Zhejiang University.
    The School of Materials Science and Engineering is devoted to the fundamental science research, application-oriented fundamental research and engineering technology development in the fields of materials micro- and nano-structures, information materials, energy materials, advanced structural materials and biomedical materials. The School endeavors to target the international scientific frontier, focusing on national grand demands and regional economic needs. A series of key national research projects, belonged to the 973 program, 863 program, science and technology support program, major and key programs of the National Science Foundation of China, have been carried out here. The outstanding research achievements have nurtured 3 second-class prizes of National Natural Science, 13 National Awards for Invention, 3 National Awards for Progress in Science & Technology and numerous high-impact papers published in prestigious journals such as SCIENCE and NATURE.  For the subject of materials science, the School was ranked No.13th among all the universities in the world according to the essential science indicator (ESI) report in Dec.2015.
    The School of Materials Science and Engineering has established postdoctoral research platform and PhD/master/undergraduate programs for the first-level discipline of materials science and engineering, founded one national characteristic specialized subject in functional materials, and constructed the provincial lab-teaching demonstration center of materials science and engineering. In recent years the School recruit ~100 undergraduate students, ~120 master students, ~60 PhD students annually, devoted to educating future leading talents. Up to now, 3 PhD students have won the award of the National 100 Excellent PhD Thesis, while 7 PhD students have won the Nomination Award of the National 100 Excellent PhD Theses. ~70% of undergraduates pursue to the postgraduate study in China or overseas, placing the School in the frontier in this respect within the entire Faculty of Engineering at Zhejiang University.
    In accordance with the university motto “Seeking the Truth and Pioneering New Trails”, the School of Materials Science and Engineering follows the core value of “Understanding Morality, Seeking Truth, Advancing Materials and Creating legends”. The School is stepping forward, with great efforts and passion, to establish a world-class materials discipline. We are devoted to create and disseminate knowledge, inherit and promote culture, serve and guide the society, and contribute to the advancing of materials science and engineering in China as well as the world.