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Institute of Physical Chemistry
The Institute of Physical Chemistry was founded in 2000. Four years later, the Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces at the Institute was nominated one of Zhejiang Province¡¯s key laboratories and in 2005 the Materials Physics and Chemistry discipline became one of the 20 top disciplines in Zhejiang institutions of higher education. In 2008 the Key Laboratory for Advanced Catalysis Materials was established by both the state and provincial Ministries of Education. A year later the research team ¡°Advanced Catalysis Materials¡± was awarded ¡°Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in Chinese Universities¡± by the Ministry of Education.
Currently, Chinese Academician Wan Huilin is the director of the Institute and several famous professors, such as Academicians Duan Xue and Zhao Dongyuan, make up the academic committee that supervises and approves the research and development of the Institute. The Institute carries out scientific research, technology development, and social services to facilitate our nation¡¯s economic and technology development while focusing on the research of chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, energy, and the environment.
The Institute has developed quickly in recent years. At the present, there are 12 full professors, 6 associate professors, 9 assistant professors at the institute, including one Chinese Academician. The institute consists of four research units:
The Division of Applied Catalysis aims at the integrated research on heterogeneous catalysis from catalyst design (micro-level), via catalytic reaction characterization (meso-level), to scale-up (macro-level). The research themes include the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and zeolites and their applications to industrial catalysis and separation as well as the application of heterogeneous catalysis to fine chemicals.
The Division of Green Catalytic Materials focuses on the design and characterizations of novel catalysts for the catalytic combustion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), catalysts for ozone depleting substances (ODS) substitutes and fluorine-containing olefin synthesis, catalysts for green synthesis of fine chemicals (e.g. selective hydrogenation and oxidation) and in situ characterizations.
The Division of Electrochemistry focuses on the electrochemical preparation and characterization of novel nanomaterials, chemically modified electrodes and their catalytic properties, electrochemistry of biomolecules or biosystem, fabrication and applications of electrochemical biosensors.
The Division of Inorganic Nanomaterials and Supramolecular Chemistry concentrates on the preparation and microwave-absorbing properties of nanoscale rare-earth ferrite, carbon nanotube composites and quantitative study of their mechanical, electrical properties, and self-assembly of metal-organic coordination polymers and supramolecular chemistry.
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